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Canadiens @ Kings Top Six Minutes: Habs Weal their way to a win

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The Habs get the win they needed, and Price hit the milestone he deserved.

Montreal Canadiens v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Pre-game:

  • Cali trip, baby!
  • Also, Carey Price gets another chance to tie Jacques Plante in wins tonight.
  • Kotkaniemi out tonight, so newly-acquired Jordan Weal gets to make his debut.

First period:

  • First impression: Weal is looking weal-ly good out there.
  • Gally goal! Gallagher gets his 30th of the season early on, redirecting a Mete shot from the point.
  • Back-to-back 30-goal seasons for Gallagher. Hooray! 27th Hab to record multiple 30-goal seasons.
  • Not too shabby, Gally.
  • Wow, it’s already 11:00 p.m. Anyone else resenting the 10:30 start right about now?
  • Is it just me or have the Habs been missing the net lots tonight? No, it can’t just be me.
  • Kings down low in the Habs zone, looking to even the score.
  • Kopitar nearly does it! Nearly.
  • Good chemistry from Montreal here in the first. 1-0 Habs headed to first intermission.

Second period:

  • Habs open the second building on that chemistry from the first.
  • Weal gets the puck in the offensive zone, spinning. One might even say he was weal-ing.
  • Carey Price makes an impressive save to shut down Jeff Carter breaking into the defensive zone.
  • Halfway through and the Kings are starting to pick things up, two good chances in the Canadiens’ zone.
  • Oh Dion, turnover in the defensive zone and the Habs are on the attack.
  • Jordan Weal! First game as a Hab: check. First goal as a Hab: check.
  • Looks like this new guy is the weal deal.
  • Closing in on midnight here, I really don’t envy fans of Western Conference teams living on the East coast at all.
  • Habs on the first power play of the game, looking to capitalize.
  • Good morning, by the way.
  • Another big save from Price as we return to even strength.
  • Scramble in front of the Habs net, as the Kings desperately try to shorten the lead but Price is out there keeping himself on track to tie Plante’s record.

Third period:

  • This TSM is brought to you by coffee, lots of it.
  • I was nodding off there for a sec, but Weber opens scoring 41 seconds into the third and suddenly I’m very much awake again. 3-0 Habs.
  • Milestones on milestones tonight, Weber gets his 10th of the season. Good for his 10th 10n-goal season.
  • Kings headed out on their first power play, let’s see how this goes.
  • Killed off by the Habs penalty kill.
  • Loving the organ rendition of the Pokemon theme song. Props, LA organist.
  • Of course Price can’t get the shutout to tie the wins record, that would be too easy. 3-1 Habs with under 9:00 to go.
  • Kulak gets 2:00 for slashing,
  • Weal misses an open net as the final moments of the game wind down.
  • Price ties the record for most wins by a Canadiens goaltender, also held by Jacques Plante.
  • Weal performs extremely well in his Habs debut, netting his first goal.
  • All-in-all a successful night!

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) He at least had a chance

2) The padded man at the back is pretty good

1) Dreaming minty dreams as we speak