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Canadiens vs. Panthers Top Six Minutes: Dispatching the Cats

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Montreal takes advantage of numerous defensive lapses from the Panthers to run away with the win.

NHL: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-game thoughts

  • Easiest match-up for the Habs until the end of the season. Must-win game. They are all must-win games.

First period

  • This fight was completely useless and the Habs might lose a forward. I bet Mackenzie Weegar doesn’t feel any better about the outcome either. One day, those displays will leave the game completely, and it will be a great one.
  • Habs look deflated. Good that Price is there to back them up.
  • There’s the spark! 1-0 Habs
  • Big cats don’t care defence, a beautiful feed from Kotkaniemi and it’s 2-0 Habs.
  • Hey! Another goal. This is fun.

Second period

  • Nice backcheck from Weal on the breakaway, forcing an early shot. Save from Price.
  • Jordan Weal has been a legitimately great find of the Habs. His offensive instinct separates him from the average depth player.
  • That’s a great goal from Arturri Lehkonen,. He finds space in the slot by gliding away from traffic and it’s 4-0 Habs.
  • Well, that’s not Mete’s first goal, but another assist for the young defenceman. Danault scores on a rebound. 5-0 Habs and a new career high in point for Tatar!
  • It’s good for the Habs to give the odd high-danger chance to the Panthers. They make sure Price stays warmed up.

Third period

  • This game should already be over. Teams should be allowed to forfeit in the NHL.
  • Another spectacular save from Price. Complete confidence.
  • And the Panthers finally scores. The goal doesn’t really matter, but the images of Price visibly hurt after the puck hits him in an unprotected area are quite scary.
  • What a release by Max Domi.

Highlight of the night

A game-opening snipe

EOTP 3 Stars

3) The rare Double Tataahhh

2) #PlayoffLehkonen

1) On to the big one