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Bottom Six Minutes 13: Losing dominantly

The Canadiens managed to lose a game despite one of the best starts they’ve delivered all season.

Vegas Golden Knights v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Sitting at a very disappointing 3-9 record on the season, the Montreal Canadiens looked to get an elusive win on home ice against a somewhat familiar foe. Taking on a Vegas Golden Knights team they last saw while eliminating them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the hope was maybe for them to bring some of that success into a season that has seen very little.

Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes, in which I’ll discuss that absolutely not happening.

Strictly speaking, it was actually a solid game for the Canadiens. They vastly outplayed the Golden Knights, but found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory anyways. I’m going to avoid the old fire everyone rant for this episode given that they actually played well, but there were still some issues.

For one thing, Cedric Paquette appears to be on a mission to sabotage this team. In his first game returning from suspension, he cost his team yet again with a needless penalty. Even when this team has a good game going, they just can’t get out of their own way.

The silver lining of the game is once again Nick Suzuki. He’s quietly on a near 70-point pace to start the season, and even the most avid Marc Bergevin critics such as myself should be noticing that his contract is looking like a great piece of business.

Another good bit of news is that Carey Price will be back with the team as of Monday. He’s probably unlikely to play any time soon, and he might not be able to save this team anyways, but having him back is big for the team.

Click the play button below to hear my full rant, and as always, we’ll be back with another episode after Tuesday’s game against the Kings.