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Canadiens vs. Islanders Top Six Minutes: Livin’ on a prayer

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The Habs kept their playoff hopes alive with a dominant victory over the Islanders.

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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.

First period

  • Mete hits the post. I know what he’s doing, he’s waiting for the playoffs to score with a bang.
  • Thompson with two short-handed chances but no go. This Thompson guy is looking pretty good.
  • So, I count four infractions altogether but the only two that are called are against the Habs. It’s gonna be that kind of night...again.
  • We’re heading to 5-on-3 as Petry and Weber share the sin bin. Who needs defencemen anyway?
  • Say what you want about the power play, we just killed off those two penalties in style.
  • I’m thinking the Habs pump-up song tonight was “Let’s Get Physical”.
  • Habs power play now.
  • Leo Komarov just did something to Brendan Gallagher, so we get to watch the Habs power play not score again...
  • Wait a second... Did Joel Armia just score? On the power play?? DOES HE NOT KNOW THAT WE DON’T DO THAT???

Second period

  • Hey guys, Matt Drake here. Andrea’s internet router exploded due to the sheer shock of Montreal scoring with a man-advantage, so you’re saddled up with ol’ Drizzy for the next 40.
  • Andrew Shaw just got high sticked, so the newly potent Habs powerplay is about to...
  • Shea Weber says “F&CK YOU, WE DECLINE THIS ONE.” 2-0 Habs, and that shot looked like it was intended to remove the net from it’s moorings.
  • WhaaaaaaaaaAAAaaaaat did Carey Price just do??? 40-bell save there, fuck 10.
  • WHAAAAAAAAAAT DID JONATHAN DROUIN AND CO. JUST DO AT THE OTHER END??? I’ll allow Drouin to also use the Drizzy moniker from now on. That goal was incredibly sexy.
  • Knighting ceremony for Jonathan “Drizzy” Drouin will be behind the Belle Pro on Peel tomorrow night. Bring beer. For now, 3-0, let’s keep it going.
  • Did Jordie Benn just score? Check that, it was weally one of his forwards who got a weally nice tip on it. 4-0...
  • That Weal pun makes me want to punch myself in the face. Gonna have to go back on hiatus and write my next TSM sometime around March, 2032.
  • Greiss kinda sounds like Price if you say it fast and don’t think about it. Keep in mind though that the latter is a living legend and the former is a sieve who just got yanked. Auf Wiedersehen.
  • In all fairness, the Habs would have turned anyone other than Price himself into a sieve tonight.

Third period

  • The Blue Jackets and Oilers game just started. So here’s hoping that Edmonton can do the Habs a serious favour, and that the Habs don’t start staring at the out-of-town scoreboard.
  • Jordan Eberle just took Price out. He does that again and I’m going full Conor McGregor on their team bus as it leaves the Bell Centre.
  • I’m talking full dolly-throwing. Might get a crew of Irish dudes to come help me out. If I do go on another hiatus I’ll probably be in prison.
  • Not much ado in this period. I was hoping it would be the first time in my life that I would see two goalies from the same team chased in the same game, but this is what I get for wanting to see something that has never happened.
  • Shaw just murdered Scott Mayfield.
  • Clean a hit as you can get, but the refs call interference because it looked bad. Refs gonna ref, y’know?
  • Thomas Hickey just took a disgusting run at Brendan Gallagher. Refs decided not to ref on that one. But no matter, Gallagher jumped up and gave him a strong one right to the grill for his effort.
  • Thankfully it didn’t get silly. 4-0 Habs. Shutty for Carey Price.
  • That’s it for tonight. Go Oilers.

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Strangely, he also scored a goal tonight

2) I mean, who didn’t expect him to score his first NHL power-play goal in his 229th game?

1) A good strategy