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Canadiens @ Lightning Top Six Minutes: Hot start, cold finish

The Canadiens came out in full force... and then Tampa took over

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mary Holt /NHLI via Getty Images

For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game.

Pre-game reminder:

  • I’m not a fan of Tampa. Like, at all. At all.
  • If you are, you will not like this TSM. At all.

First period:

  • So, we’re swapping one Finn for another tonight, hey? One day we’ll get all our Finn’s together again.
  • Kotkaniemi opens the scoring two minutes in! Welcome back, kid.
  • These black jerseys make the Lightning look like villains. Fitting.
  • We’re past the halfway mark and shots are 17-0 Habs. This must be my late Christmas present.
  • Domi off the crossbar. Vasilevskiy hasn’t come out of his turkey coma yet.
  • The horn was blown mid-play. Head-scratcher.
  • Turns out Domi’s crossbar was a goal! Oh, this is good stuff.
  • The crowd is cheering Tampa’s first shot on goal at 7:35. Or maybe they’re cheering that Price stopped it. Guess we’ll never know.
  • Tampa gets on the board with 58.9 seconds left. One of these days the Habs will remember there are 20 minutes to a period.
  • Domi slows down after the horn blows yet Sergachev feels it’s necessary to crosscheck him into Vasilevskiy. Bring on the penalties in the next period.

Second period:

  • Stamkos ties the game on his own rebound 1:34.
  • And the Lightning take the lead after Price stops the puck then loses it.
  • Well, this is less fun.
  • Weal off the crossbar. Can we have another crossbar changed to a goal please?
  • Seriously, Habs? One late goal spooked you into allowing four straight goals? Where’s the confidence you started with?
  • There it is! Chiarot takes Julien’s freak out to heart and starts to close the gap.

Third period:

  • What’s with Tampa scoring a minute into the period?
  • Also, what’s with Price’s lack of rebound control tonight? This is a horrible combination.
  • Domi’s trying to get something going. It’s not working, but he’s trying.
  • This really started backfiring when you gave the Lightning shooting chances. Let’s get back to the original plan.
  • First Habs power play of the night after Joseph heads to the box for boarding Fleury. Fingers crossed.
  • We’re way past crossed fingers at this point.
  • A power-play goal! We got a goal with 1:28 left. Dare we dream...
  • Turns out my present was part of the White Elephant gift exchange. The Habs stole my present in exchange for a lump of sucky, sad coal.

EOTP 3 Stars of the night

3) Galley probably shouldn’t be allowed to talk about hockey on television.

2) If the game ended after the first 10, that would have been a lot cooler.

1) Well, we can dream that this happens...