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Canadiens @ Senators Top Six Minutes: Second-period explosion... or implosion depending on how you look at it

One bad period was bookended by two good ones.

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/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.


  • Caufield isn’t missing any action! Thank you, Santa Claus!
  • And Drouin is back in action (for now).

First period

  • Nice pace. First whistle comes almost five minutes in.
  • Wideman throws the body at some poor Sen. Then gives the extra cross-check when he tries to get up. Show ‘em who’s boss, Chris.
  • We’re first on the power play after Chabot gets called for roughing... or punching Caufield in the back of the head during an attempted cross-check if you want to get specific.
  • Habs are letting the shots fly this period with 8-0 so far. Lookin’ good, fellas.
  • Now, if one would just go in we’d be laughing.
  • Sens get their first shot on goal with 7:30 left. Holding them off the board for that long makes me happy. And a tad scared.
  • Xhekaj heads to the box but not without giving Kastelic a little face wash before heading off.
  • Edmundson gets hit with a high stick but there’s no penalty. Because it was Armia’s stick.
  • Don’t start turning this into a comedy of errors now fellas.

Second period

  • Well, this second period is already not as much fun as the first with Pinto opening the scoring less than two minutes in. I knew there was a reason I was scared earlier.
  • Oh for the love of... can we rewind back to the first period?
  • Batherson makes it 2-0 as Dach sits in the box for slashing.
  • Seriously, where is the rewind button? OR here’s a thought... stop taking penalties because apparently, the Sens are decent on the power play.
  • Here’s another thought, getting a shot on goal might help. We’re halfway through so any time you’re ready.
  • Anderson gets a shot off on the power play, stick and all.
  • Dach gets called for interference and because he’s feeling so confident in their play this period, he adds unsportsmanlike conduct to it for the cherry on top.
  • Seventeen shots made their way to Monty. How many did Talbot face? Three.
  • Whatever happened during the first intermission, fix it.

Third period

  • The Habs managed to kill off the four-minute penalty kill so... yay?
  • Our turn for an explosion. Let’s get this party re-started.
  • Annnny minute now.
  • Armia with the best chance of the period. Would have been a nice time to see his first goal of the season. Would be nice to see any Habs goal right about now.
  • Evans wins the battle along the boards, gets the puck to Dach and Dach makes up for his multiple penalty boo-boos to finally get the Habs on the board!
  • We just need three goals in 10 minutes. Crazier things have happened.
  • That’s one! Thanks to Suzuki’s patience and Dvorak’s shot we just need two more.
  • The Habs were picking up steam so the refs decide to call Harris for hooking. Was it though? Marty doesn’t think so.
  • Habs are giving it a good push in the final minute. They should have used some of that push in the second period.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Who’s he supposed to cheer for, the Senators?

2) It definitely needs an organ transplant

1) Playoff teams love this level of consistency