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Canadiens vs. Coyotes Top Six Minutes: One penalty too many

The Canadiens had their chances, but it was the Coyotes who capitalized late.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

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.


  • It finally happened. Someone wearing #76 in a Canadiens jersey brought a championship back to Montreal.
  • With Shea Weber out, the Canadiens could sure use an imposing figure on defence. Wonder if they can trade this #76 for him in the lineup.
  • I don’t actually want to troll the trade or the players involved. I just do it for easy jokes.

First Period

  • JAKE EVANS! He is the third player to score his first NHL goal when I do the TSM.
  • It took him fewer games to score his first NHL goal of the season than it did his first AHL goal of the season.
  • Brendan Gallagher doing Brendan Gallagher things and the Canadiens have a 2-0 lead before I even started my dinner.
  • It’s clear that the puck is very Anti-Hitting Raanta so far.
  • Carey Price probably definitely wants that one back.
  • This game has as many goals in five and a half minutes than 65 on Saturday. And almost had another one.
  • A ping-pong puck, a flying stick, dueling scoring chances on that sequence. Action-filled start!
  • Ilya Kovalchuk standing up to defend linemate Nick Suzuki. Try understanding this sentence in September.
  • FIVE FORWARDS. I like the idea on a five-on-three, even if the result wasn’t there.

Second Period

  • Nothing fixes a broken power play like a long five-on-three.
  • Or not.
  • Hopefully Phillip Danault is OK.
  • You know, they didn’t score, but it really wasn’t that bad.
  • Carey Price has bounced back after the goal he gave up.
  • OK, that power play was bad.
  • Hey former Canadien and Coyote Alex Galchenyuk was traded. While the Canadiens and Coyotes are playing. Wild.
  • Jake Evans has looked very good since he was called up. I would say that I doubt he goes back to Laval, but I also said that about Lukas Vejdemo.
  • That was not textbook defending. And it’s tied 2-2.

Third Period

  • That sequence between Nate Thompson and Jonathan Drouin was something.
  • The Coyotes defence is really good at forcing the play in their own zone. They often leave the Canadiens with one option that is not ideal.
  • Not really sure what penalty they called on Brett Kulak.
  • Brendan Gallagher comes close, but it’s still tied.
  • For the second straight game, the Canadiens have bounced back from an iffy second period with a very strong third without their top centre.
  • Montreal took one too many penalties. They had power play chances of their own, but that’s what happens in one-goal games.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Maybe he could put on a striped jersey and make every puck drop

2) They could have used another insurance goal, now that I think of it

1) The good news is getting it. The bad news is having to hold it.