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Canadiens vs. Golden Knights Top Six Minutes: The Habs say no to the Knights

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The Canadiens head into their bye week on a high note

NHL: JAN 18 Golden Knights at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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:

  • I just went through Newfoundland Snowmageddon. I deserve a win.

First period:

  • Petry blocks a shot and heads to the bench to check his hand. No. Please no.
  • Cousins waits until Fleury can stretch no further before sliding the puck past him to open the scoring!
  • Weise picks up the assist. Whoever saw these two being the ones to kick off the scoring, raise your hand. Bueller?
  • Oh, good. Petry is back. Bullet dodged.
  • Tatar brings the puck in and fumbles the puck. But, no worries, Danault slams it back towards the net and Kovalchuk cleans it up to make it 2-0!
  • That’s Kovy’s eighth point. He’s played eight games. I’d like to keep him, please.
  • You know what’s fun? Watching Price stop Pacioretty’s shots.
  • And we’re 3-0 thanks to Armia! Everybody’s all in tonight.

Second period:

  • This time it’s Poehling who blocks a shot and hobbles to the room. Oh, boy.
  • He’s back! The hockey gods are with us tonight.
  • Marchessault gets Vegas on the board halfway through.
  • Fun fact: that’s the third goal Price has allowed in the last 126 shots he faced.
  • Domi scoops up the puck and goes on a mini breakaway but gets a little too cutesy.
  • Bodies are scrambling in front of Price, he makes two saves but can’t locate the puck a third time and Stastny gets it past him.
  • Hang on. Let me just check...* looks back at first period *...yep, the Habs were up 3-0.

Third period:

  • Habs owned the first. Vegas the second. So, it’s only fair that it’s our turn again. Right?
  • Nice little play there by, well...everyone, but nothing to show for it.
  • A close call by Suzuki but a Knight tugging on his sweater prevents him from making anything of it.
  • Price with a “let’s keep this lead” save after puck goes off Armia’s stick.
  • Two-on-one with Poehling and Lehkonen and as exciting as that is...still nadda.
  • Weise and Cousins with a two-on-one and this time we have something to show for it! Cousins gets his second of the night to double the lead.
  • You know what’s not fun? When Pacioretty scores with two minutes left in the game.
  • You know what’s REALLY not fun? When Vegas ties it up with 7.5 seconds left.
  • An offside challenge...doesn’t help us.

Overtime

  • The Habs are really fighting for these two points. I mean, they already had the two points...
  • Stastny stops to pick up his teeth up off the ice after Armia gets him in the mouth with a puck.
  • I told you they really wanted these two points.
  • Someone check my blood pressure! This period is insane!

Shootout

  • Breathe...
  • Habs = 2 Vegas = 1
  • Celebrate!

EOTP 3 Stars

3) What about shootout Cousins?

2) He’s just doing his thing out there

1) They refuse to sever that final thread