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Canadiens vs. Red Wings Top Six Minutes: That’s one for the win column

The Habs finally grab a win with the help of a Perreault hat trick.

NHL: OCT 23 Red Wings 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.


  • Thursday night I begged for a win. I didn’t get one. I’m changing my tactic to tough love.
  • This is gross! Smarten up. You’re better than this. It’s time for a win.
  • Let’s see if that works.

First period

  • Nice early hit from Anderson. Keep it up. Show ‘em who’s boss. Feel free to just go crazy and throw a goal or two in there before the night is over.
  • Hey, Niku! Welcome back to the blue line. Help us.
  • Chiarot draws the short straw and is the first to head to the box for tripping.
  • Larken immediately capitalizes on the man advantage. Like, immediately.
  • Detroit was 0-7 on the power play before that goal. Don’t say we never did anything for you.
  • Post! Not Greiss’s post, though.
  • Oh yay. It’s our turn for the power play. Just let me go top up my drink.
  • Chiarot makes up for his penalty boo-boo and ties it up!!
  • Followed up by Hoffman’s first goal as a Hab! On. The. Power. Play.

Second period

  • Hoffman gets loose and heads for Greiss. Takes the shot. Saved. Gally jumps for the rebound but the puck jumps over his stick.
  • Good start to the period if nothing else.
  • Dvorak makes it 3-1! That’s three goals in one game. Three!!
  • Niku picks up his second apple of the night. Thank you for answering my plea for help, Sami.
  • Perreault makes it 4-1! And we’re not even halfway through the second. I haven’t felt this excited since the playoffs.
  • FIVE!! Perreault follows up his first goal as a Hab with his second goal as a Hab!
  • Greiss takes a seat and in comes Nedeljkovic. Not only are we scoring goals, we’re chasing goaltenders from the net. When the Habs wake up, they really wake up.
  • Perreault goes for a third and almost grabs a hat trick while he’s at it. Don’t worry, Mathieu, we have a whole other period, there’s still time.

Third period

  • Off to the power play we go as Smith heads to the sin bin for unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Uh, good call:
  • Fans are doing a wave + ole combo! That’s pretty awesome.
  • Chiarot and Anderson, two on one, Anderson shoots... and misses. Oh, Josh. You are so due my boyfriend friend.
  • Detroit pulls the goalie with seven minutes left and a 5-1 score. Interesting move.
  • And Perreault gets his hatty with an empty-netter!!
  • So, looks like my tough love worked. You’re welcome.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) We should be seeing that plenty of times this year

2) This is what he envisioned when he signed

1) Every Cup run starts somewhere