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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Game 6 Top Six Minutes: Fly like an Eagle

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The Habs weren’t going down without a fight and come away with another OT win.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens - Game Three Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/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.

Pre-game

  • We made it to Game 6, baby and we’ve got fans in the stands!
  • Prediction time: There will be a Game 7.

First period

  • Evans slots back in the lineup alongside Gallagher and Danault.
  • Argh! So close just 40 seconds in.
  • Energy right out of the gate again. Love it.
  • Anderson gets caught up in the excitement and is the first to head to the box for tripping.
  • Habs head to the power play. But, ya know. Probably won’t really matter.
  • Nope.
  • Nice glove save by Price on Marner. Any save on Marner is nice.
  • Shots are 15-8 for the Habs. The Habs came to play tonight. Unfortunately, so did Jack Campbell.

Second period

  • Caufield gets one off the goal post!
  • I’m not feeling the usual second-period sense of dread.
  • That is until Weber gets nailed for a puck over the glass penalty.
  • Three Habs on one Leaf and we’re still scoreless.
  • Gally comes away with blood trickling down the bridge of his nose after a big kerfuffle in front of the net.
  • Muzzin heads to the Leafs’ dressing room. Now’s a good chance to get on the board, fellas.
  • The pressure is on and the Habs have three great chances — with Staal having the best one— and... we’re still scoreless.
  • Oh, how I’ve missed hearing a crowd boo the refs on their missed calls.
  • Watching Suzuki and Caufield together continues to be amazing.
  • Simmonds cross-checks Petry in the back after the horn and chaos ensue.

Third period

  • Somebody has to score at some point, right?
  • Danault gets called for holding Matthews’ stick, so it could very well be the Leafs.
  • Phew. Still at zero.
  • Habs head to the power play.
  • This power-play back and forth is starting to make me nervous.
  • Perry with a power-play goal!! A power-play goal.
  • And, of course, it’s followed by a goalie interference challenge.
  • The goal stands! Oh thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • Marner throws the puck over the glass for absolutely no reason. He’s even shocked himself.
  • Which brings us to a 5-on-3.
  • Toffoli makes it 2-0!
  • What an absolutely perfect time for the Habs power play to finally start working.
  • Spezza cuts the lead in half with the help of Petry’s stick.
  • It’s ok. Don’t panic. DON’T PANIC.
  • Brodie ties it up with 3:11 left.. with the help of Petry. Petry, you’re killing us here.

Overtime

  • Breathe. Breathe.
  • Ok, let’s do this.
  • Caufield, you’re up, my man.
  • Or anyone really. I’m not picky. OT Hero Roulette.
  • Habs haven’t even registered a shot on goal yet and we’re six minutes in.
  • Price with a couple of fantastic glove saves. If we could just get a shot on goal...
  • Kotkaniemi pushes it to Game 7 with just over four minutes left!!

EOTP 3 Stars

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1) We’re going to a Game 7!