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Canadiens @ Devils Top Six Minutes: Habs sunk in New Jersey

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A slow start hurts in 2-1 loss to the Devils .

Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Pre-game

  • The Canadiens play on deadline day, and all they picked up was Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes. Okay.
  • Jonathan Drouin was out with an illness Saturday night. He’s in the starting lineup against New Jersey tonight.

1st period

  • Took 15 seconds for the Devils to get a breakaway, and a crash into Carey Price.
  • This feels like one of those starts where the Canadiens are sitting back, and their opponents are driving at them. This Devils team is FAST.
  • Kenny Agostino is getting a lot of mentions on this broadcast (do you miss him?)
  • That puck went right off Miles Wood’s ankle. Yikes.
  • Arturri Lehkonen still can’t buy a goal. Showed off his wheels, got a breakaway. But he’s gone 24 games without a goal and hasn’t scored in 2019.
  • Aaaaand the Devils score. 1-0.
  • The Habs power play still isn’t working.

2nd period

  • Devils make it 2-0. And Victor Mete isn’t having his best night. Puck caroms off his shoulder and goes right to Gabriel. If you’re going to block it, block it.
  • Not to be that guy, but entering this contest Jonathan Drouin has no points in six games.
  • Devils take a bad penalty, Habs need a power play goal here.
  • “I wonder if Shea Weber is fully healthy, because he’s not moving as well as he usually does,” - Mike Johnson
  • Change “guy” to power play, when you watch this clip.
  • “How many of those chances would you say are high danger?” - Mike Johnson? As of this post, the Habs have three.
  • Brendan Gallagher to the locker room, and the Canadiens can ill afford to play without him.
  • Armia and Hischier take offsetting minors. Speaking of Offset, if you’re bored.
  • Jordie Benn gets hurt after Shea Weber’s stick hits him in the midsection.
  • 40 minutes in the books, the Habs could use a better 3rd. It’s not like the Devils have been all that great, either.

3rd period

  • You know your power play is bad when fans groan about getting one.
  • Whoa, a Palmieri-Danault knee-on-knee. Looked accidental.
  • Arturri Lehkonen with a bad penalty.
  • “Vintage Paul Byron!” 2-1 game, Habs have life.
  • Carey Price sprawling to make a save on Kenny Agostino.
  • Timeout called.
  • Palmieri’s been banged up all game, could barely get off the ice after his latest entanglement with Paul Byron
  • And that’ll do it. Devils win 2-1. Not the greatest of games. They’ll need to rebound against Detroit.

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Going to be tough to deal with all these rookies down the stretch

2) Five players on the ice is just too confusing

1) A valid question on this night