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Canadiens vs. Leafs Top Six Minutes: Ilya Kovalchuk is the hero the Habs deserve

A largely uneventful game took life in the third, and Ilya Kovalchuk stole the game in overtime.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-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.

Even if you’re on team tank, you have to admit that games against the Leafs just hit different. If the Canadiens only won four games this entire season, I would personally like for all four to be against the Leafs.

Bonus points if the Leafs barely miss the playoffs and they have to dwell on the fact that they missed thanks to a terrible Habs team. Speaking of missing the playoffs, the miracle run to not doing that would start with one such satisfying win tonight.

Oh, and Jonathan Drouin is back to save us all.

First Period

  • Bell Centre crowd anthems have, and always will be better than even the best solo anthem singer.
  • You usually get very exciting games when it’s Habs and Leafs. The first five minutes of this game has been about as exciting as lawn bowling.
  • To be fair to any lawn bowling enthusiasts, I’m sure actually doing it is fun. Watching it on TV can’t possibly be fun.
  • The Habs probably want to make the game boring, however, considering who they’re up against.
  • Joel Armia in puck battles is incredibly fun to watch. He’s on the absolute razor’s edge of taking a stick infraction at all times, but he rarely does. He must be one of the most annoying players to play against.
  • Auston Matthews seems to take really long shifts. It’s like he’s trying to hang around long enough to not have Phillip Danault watching him.
  • Well that was a period of hockey. I wish there was more to say about it.

Second Period

  • Justin Hall puts a shot off the cross bar. Of course that is the player everyone expected to open the scoring in this game.
  • Drouin gets a penalty for tapping someone on the arm with his stick. I mean, it’s a slash in the strictest sense of the term, but my dog hits me harder with sticks he’s running around the yard with.
  • Nate Thompson just had one of the best penalty kill shifts you’ill ever see. If Washington still wants to trade for him the price is a first now. Sorry, I don’t set the prices, I just work here.
  • Habs power play alert. Send in the Drouin.
  • Of course the Habs respond with one of the ugliest power plays you’ll ever see.
  • Victor Mete backhands the puck over the glass. Stupidest rule in hockey, and with the audible groan he let out, I think he agrees with me. Either way, time to play with fire.
  • 0-0 after two. Looks like two teams with severe flu bugs drifting around and they’ve been main lining night time Buckley’s.

Third Period

  • Aaaand there’s John Tavares opening the scoring. Probably the game winner. Fuck.
  • A 1-0 final score would really be appropriate for how inactive the first two periods were.
  • Now the Leafs have decided to try and sit on their one goal lead, however, and there’s been more action in the four minutes following the goal than there was for two whole periods.
  • Too much man penalty against the Leafs. that’s the effect of trying to sit on a lead, you have brain farts.
  • To say it’s imperative for the Habs to score on this would be an understatement.
  • Jim Hughson might cry if the Habs do score. You can really tell he’s totally unbiased as an announcer.
  • 1-1 and they just showed the angry Kyle Dubas up in the press box. I guess he wants Marco Scandella. How about a straight up trade for Sandin?
  • Well they didn’t need to let the Leafs get a point here, but it’s off to OT.


  • Three-on-three against the Leafs sounds like fun. More fun than the lion’s share of this game.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk had a real good chance there.

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1) Jim Hughson called three different Habs lines the ‘‘fourth line’’ on the night. He’s obviously super informed about both teams.