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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Top Six Minutes: Pre-season can be fun

If we learned anything, it’s that Anderson takes pre-season seriously.

NHL: SEP 27 Preseason - Maple Leafs 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.


  • It’s preseason! You know what that means don’t you?
  • We’re one step closer to the real season!

First period

  • Welcome back, Drouin! He’s gonna have a season. #Prediction
  • Anderson goes for it right out of the gate! Didn’t light the lamp but oh how I’ve missed you, Josh.
  • Off to the power play we go. Time for a little Caufield action... oh, right.
  • A cross-checking penalty has the coaches scrambling for the rule book. Off you go Rielly. Read up on the new rules while you take a seat.
  • Anderson with a power-play goal to open the scoring! Did I mention how much I’ve missed him?
  • Kampf, learn to control your stick dude! Anderson has too pretty of a head to be hit with a wayward stick. Off to the box with you.
  • Dvorak makes it 2-0 thanks to a beautiful power play that sees all five Habs touch the puck.
  • Drouin heads off to intermission snacking on the two apples he picked up on those power-play goals. #GonnaHaveASeason

Second period:

  • In case you missed it, we’re heading into this period facing a four-minute penalty kill. Why you may ask? Because Evans got called for boarding and roughing and Richie is a tool who picks fights in pre-season.
  • Chiarot gets thrown in the box for defending himself in a fight he didn't even want any part of. Clearly, it was the first time Richie saw Chiarot up close and got a little insecure.
  • Kaiden Guhle has some spunk. Blocking shots, throwing the body.
  • Watching Leafs players literally trip over themselves has started my week off right.
  • Pezzetta taps it in to make it 3-0!
  • Allen calls it a night with a shutout. Soooo, let’s see what this Poulin chap is all about.
  • Hmmm...not a great start as Brooks finally gets the Leafs on the board.
  • Oh, you may just get that one back, Poulin. Offside challenge!
  • This isn’t the Stanley Cup Final, refs. Make a call.
  • Brooks denied! Slate wiped clean for, Poulin!
  • Ouch, but not for long.
  • Anderson with another PPG thanks to a slick wrister.

Third period

  • This is gonna be a long period for Poulin after allowing the Leafs to cut the lead in half.
  • Looks like Poulin might just be settling in after stopping a rebound.
  • Anderson going for the hatty. Cup finals, regular season, preseason, it makes no difference to this guy.
  • Guhle is having himself a game. Most ice time of any defenceman with 20:13.
  • Pezzetta so close to notching his second of the night.
  • Anderson goes for the hatty once again but Mrazek gets all fancy with his glove and shuts him down.
  • Leafs go for the empty net with three minutes left.
  • Pezzetta takes advantage of the empty net to make it 5-2!