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Montreal @ San Jose Top Six Minutes: Goaltending feeds Habs to the Sharks

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Two bad goals from Antti Niemi early placed the Habs in an uphill battle.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-game Thoughts

  • On my third coffee of the night. Let’s hope it’s enough.

First Period

  • Jordan Weal looks pretty good in his early shifts. There is some chemistry between Jonathan Drouin, Joël Armia and him.
  • Oh...Niemi.
  • And again. He might sink the Habs this game. Nightmare scenario for him.
  • Victor Mete creates his own chance with the goalie. This could again be his best game of the season.
  • That’s either Dale Weise first goal back with the Habs or Artturi Lehkonen getting out of his slump! Good news either way. 2-1 San Jose.

Second Period

  • Montreal forecheck is on point to start the period, keeping the Sharks in their zone.
  • Good powerplay. Habs get their best scoring chance off the rush, just like they do five-on-five.
  • Danault loses his race to the net and deflects the puck in. Yikes. it’s 3-1 Sharks.
  • Fourth line doing a great job this game. Their offensive pressure gives favorable zone starts to Habs top line.
  • About time Montreal was rewarded for their effort. The puck bounces a couple of times and into San Jose’s net. Who scored? No idea. Does it matter? It’s 3-2.
  • What a sequence by Victor Mete. He is still goalless, but playing an amazing two-hundred foot game right now. One of the best players on the ice.

Third Period

  • Habs blue-liner are involved in the attack, looking for tipped shots.
  • 4-2. Not the best defensive coverage.

Thoughts

  • Incredibly frustrating for a team to play well and not get the saves. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened often to the Habs through the years.
  • Kotkaniemi should be in for next game. He is rested and can push Weal down the lineup to replace Thompson who missed his coverage on the fourth goal.
  • Let’s hope the Habs bring the same energy tomorrow.

Highlight of the night

Uhh ... oh, Lehkonen kind of scored a goal

EOTP 3 Stars

3) That’s what sh— Better not go there.

2) Is there such a thing as a shark-killing tuna? Habs need one next year.

1) The effort was there. The puck-stopping was not.