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Canadiens @ Golden Knights Game 2 Top Six Minutes: Cooling the red-hot Knights

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Montreal survives Vegas’s late surge and ties the series up at one.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

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 Thoughts:

  • Playing hockey in 45 degree heat? THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN!
  • Hey, a win here would be sweeter than sugar!
  • “Why do we fall, Master Bruce? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

First period:

  • Last time I wrote one of these, Montreal dominated and took an early lead thanks to Joel Armia #FinnishFury
  • Let’s hope for a repeat tonight, right?
  • LET’S HOPE FOR A REPEAT TONIGHT, RIGHT!!!
  • #ArmiPower #JoJoRobbit #JoJoRepeat #RidiculousHashtagSeason
  • Petry’s eye frightens me.
  • And The Eye follows its master to the box for a tripping minor.
  • Killing penalties? No problem.
  • Slaying knights on ice in 45 degree heat? No problem.
  • “Toffoli working on a seven-game point-streak.”
  • Let’s make it eight, shall we?
  • LET’S MAKE IT EIGHT, SHALL WE!!!!
  • And who dishes out the assist? Cole freakin’ Caufield, man!
  • To quote almighty robot skeleton Geoff Peterson: “I think I’m in looove!”
  • It’s a two-goal lead going into the second.

Second Period:

  • Pizza seems to have replaced poutine as the favoured type of food in Montreal at the moment.
  • Phil Danault has promoted it well #NotAnAd
  • Patches hits the inside of the post. He didn’t want to score.
  • Carey Price is awake and In. Da. Zone.
  • How on Earth did Alec Martinez not score there?
  • Correction: How did Carey Price get a piece on that?
  • Killing penalties? Not a problem.
  • Slaying knights? Not a problem.
  • Patches whiffed on the best opportunity of the PP.
  • He doesn’t want to score. Carey’s his buddy.
  • Lord Paul does it again and we have a 3-0-game!
  • Anderson kicks the stick of the Vegas D-man to let the puck pass through for the Byron breakaway.
  • And whaddaya know. Jesperi Kotkaniemi has his inaugural playoff assist after previously scoring eight goals in 21 playoff games.
  • Hold out until the period break!
  • Or don’t.
  • You can’t let point shots pass through that much traffic in front of Price.
  • Staal sticks up for Perry. Seniors unite!
  • It’s a two-goal lead going into the third.

Third period:

  • Carey denies Alex Tuch on a breakaway.
  • Is the crowd really chanting: “Go Price Go!”?
  • Would’t surprise me. Vegas wants entertainment. Who cares about who’s winning in the end, right?
  • The Habs power play sure hasn’t disappointed us tonight.
  • But that’s only because there hasn’t been one yet.
  • Eddy’s just eating minutes and thriving. Why were the Canes not able to use him in a more advantageous role?
  • Play it tight, knock it away.
  • It ain’t pretty, but it doesn’t have to be at this point.
  • Yup, that happens when you take an icing and your players are dead tired.
  • This is a one-goal game with five minutes left to play.
  • Price hands the puck to Marchessault in the slot, but untangles his own mistake with the save.
  • How slow can three minutes be???
  • We survived.
  • Slaying knights? Nema problema.

Post-Game Thoughts:

  • Nine down. Seven to go.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) He’s now a core member of the team

2) Executing the game plan

1) This is an awful superstition to have to maintain