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Canadiens vs. Oilers Top Six Minutes: Clinched!

Lehky, Byron, and Evans, oh my!

NHL: MAY 10 Oilers at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/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.


  • One point. That’s the plan.
  • If you really want to go crazy, you can try for two.

First period

  • A spinning Evans strips McDavid of the puck. I don’t know what I liked more about that move, the spin or the strip.
  • First power play of the night goes to the Habs. It’s the perfect time to get this party started.
  • Well, that was a less-than-great attempt.
  • Allen, I can’t put my finger on why but you’re making me nervous.
  • Actually, the whole team is making me nervous.
  • Evans opens the scoring with a beauty of a goal!
  • And in his first game back from injury, Byron picks up his 200th point.
  • Neal brings the celebrating to a screeching halt tying it up 20 seconds later.
  • That was still one beautiful goal by Evans though. You can’t take that away from us, Neal.
  • So, turns out this nervous feeling is totally warranted. Nugent-Hopkins makes it 2-1.
  • First star of the period goes to Jake Evans.

Second period

  • Off to the man advantage we go. Who’s up to the challenge?
  • Nobody.
  • But Byron’s up for an even-strength goal to tie it up! Welcome back, Lord Byron.
  • So, this Byron-Lehkonen-Evans line... I like.
  • The puck trickles past Allen and the Oilers take the lead. Again.
  • Allen comes way too far out of his net — like almost to the blueline far — just to keep things interesting. Perhaps he just wants this game to be over.
  • Oh, no you don’t. Not without that point.

Third period

  • Caufield gets his first NHL stick to the face.
  • A Lehky goal!!
  • What. The. Hell? It’s overturned due to being offside.
  • Well, that’s just not fair. The other guys on the line got goals.
  • Now we need a revenge Lehky goal.
  • Or any revenge goal will be fine.
  • Anderson so close to getting a revenge goal but goes wide during a breakaway.
  • Lehky with the revenge goal!!
  • Anderson heads to the room after being tripped. Please no.
  • And he’s back. Phew.
  • And off to OT we go.
  • We’re in!


  • Can we put Lehky, Byron and Evans on for the full OT?
  • Freakin’ McDavid couldn’t let us get two points.
  • But playoffs, here we come!

EOTP 3 Stars

3) It took a lot of effort, but we did it

2) I think we have one of the lines for the post-season

1) And so they did