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Bottom Six Minutes 3: Nothing Doing, save Drouin

Despite a stellar start from Jonathan Drouin, his Canadiens are 0-3 to start this season.

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The Montreal Canadiens welcomed a full Bell Centre for the first time in nearly two years. Coming in with an 0-2 start, the hope was that they could start a little winning streak with the help of a frenzied crowd long overdue for some Montreal hockey. An also 0-2 New York Rangers squad seemed to be a good opponent to have that happen against.

Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes in which I’ll discuss the Canadiens going 0-3 anyways.

Goaltending was arguably the story of this game. Igor Shesterkin and Jake Allen were both very good, but the former was just a little better. It may have been the best game of this young season for the Canadiens overall, but they ran into a good keeper. It happens.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Drouin was easily the best skater for the Habs. He’s off to a hot start to this season, and received a very warm welcome from the Bell Centre faithful before giving them a show. As concerned as many understandably are over the slow start for the team, Drouin’s start is a very welcome silver lining.

We’re only three games in, so there’s no need to panic, but if this team can’t start scoring soon, there will be a growing group of those who decide to anyways.