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Montreal vs. Arizona Top Six Minutes: Habs put Coyotes on endangered list

Looks like we’ve got ourselves a fun team, folks!

Arizona Coyotes v Montreal Canadiens 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.


  • After witnessing how loud the Habs fans can be at the Bell Centre, Slafkovsky said, “I have no choice now, I will have to score my first NHL goal in Montreal. I want to know this feeling.”
  • Come on, Arizona. Have a heart.

First period

  • Anderson swoops in to clean up Drouin’s rebound and picks up a dirty goal to open the scoring two minutes in. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
  • Caufield picks up a turnover, spins around, lets it rip and the puck trickles in past Ingram to make it 2-0 four minutes in.
  • We’re on pace for a goal every two minutes!
  • Gally goal! This. Is. Awesome.
  • I heard the Maple Leafs had a little trouble with the Coyotes. What was that all about?
  • Three goals on four shots while Allen hangs out enjoying a coffee break.
  • The refs reviewed and reversed their high stick call on Caufield and released him from the box. Now, that’s not something you see... ever.
  • Xhekaj drops the gloves with Kassian and gets the takedown. On Zack Kassian.
  • If this is a dream, leave me be.

Second period

  • While hanging out in front of the net, Gallagher gets a stick in the back of the leg and hobbles back to the bench. Gally can handle a stick to the leg... if it was the hand I’d be in panic mode.
  • Drouin picks up a beautiful pass from Anderson, goes for a backhand but is denied for the second time tonight.
  • Slaf takes a heavy hit then walks in and... GETS HIS FIRST NHL GOAL!!!
  • I think I’m as excited as Slaf for that goal. Ok. Maybe not quite as excited.
  • Suzuki draws a penalty shot.
  • Slick Nick doesn’t disappoint, easily lobbing the puck over Ingram’s shoulder.
  • This game has everything!
  • Seriously. Do not wake me up.

Third period

  • Let me just say, thank goodness Allen is back from parental leave.
  • These young defenceman aren’t so worrisome after all.
  • Hmm... It seems I’ve offered praise too soon.
  • Savard had Allen’s back to prevent a goal but seconds later Moser gets the Coyotes on the board.
  • Oh. My. God. 1:58 later, Arizona scores again.
  • Don’t do this. Do not turn this dream into a nightmare.
  • Savard lets the Coyotes head to the power play. Because that’s what we need right now.
  • Crossbar, off the back of Allen’s skate, off the post, and out. Way too close for comfort.
  • I am so glad we’re five minutes into the final period.
  • Coyotes empty net with four minutes left.
  • Monahan with the empty-netter keeps the Habs in control of the game (and brings my heart back down to a regular beat)
  • That was hella fun!

EOTP 3 Stars

3) A very noticeable game for #27

2) What do they have in store for Saturday Night?