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Canadiens vs. Penguins Top Six Minutes: Happy birthday, Domi — not

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The Habs didn’t need a hockey stick to solve Murray, they needed a magic wand.

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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:

  • Today is Max Domi’s birthday! Let’s hope he has an even bigger reason to celebrate tonight.
  • Also, Price could tie Jacques Plante in wins tonight.
  • Obviously, we can’t lose this one. There’s just too much to celebrate.

First period

  • Well, this is not the start we were hoping for. Just 21 seconds in and Crosby slips one past Price.
  • I don’t blame Price. I don’t even blame Sid. I lay full blame on Benn for how that whole situation unfolded.
  • Ok...so I blame Sid a little.
  • We’re three minutes in and I’m pretty sure the Habs haven’t even crossed the center line yet.
  • Malkin with a power-play goal. That’s unfortunate.
  • Right off the faceoff Guentzel makes it 3-0. Halfway through the first. On four shots.
  • A Weber post on the power play and an almost-goal by Domi is as close as we’re getting in this period.

Second period

  • Alright, shake it off. You only need to score four goals. I mean, someone’s gonna get a hat trick anyway, right?
  • Gallagher shoves Schultz into Murray on the way to the net so off to the box he goes.
  • Price is looking solid now. Offense, you’re up.
  • Nevermind.
  • A Gally-goal!! Leave it to Gallagher to give us a glimmer of hope.
  • Time for a little four-on-four. This could be a good thing.
  • Well, it wasn’t a bad thing. On a night like this, I’ll take it.

Third period

  • Soooo...about that hat trick.
  • I mean, it doesn’t have to be a hat trick we can have a good ol’ fashioned collaboration. I’d be fine with that too. I’m not picky.
  • A Byron breakaway! These are always fun!
  • Less fun when the don’t end with a goal.
  • Gallagher tries to whack another one past Murray but that damn goalie is having none of it.
  • Pretty much every player that’s on the ice is scrambling in front of Murray while the puck bounces around like a hot potato.
  • Danault hits the goalpost, the puck bounces off Murray’s leg, goes behind him, but not in the net.
  • It’s not a hockey stick we needed tonight, it’s a magic wand.
  • And there’s the empty-netter.

Highlight of the night

Old Reliable

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Always worth a shot

2) Your palates are safe

1) Narrator: It was not