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Canadiens @ Oilers Top Six Minutes: Overturned goals don’t stop the Habs

This no-quit attitude is hella fun!

Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI 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.

Pre-game

  • Welcome back between the pipes, Monty. Let’s hope you fully have the Winnipeg incident erased from your memory.
  • Don’t worry. It’s only Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl you’re facing tonight.

First period

  • Stay in your net Montembeault. That’s how you can help. Please, no adventures.
  • Three-on-two with McDavid leading the charge and Montembeault says not up in here!
  • Draisaitl heads towards the net but Chiarot’s on his six and literally pushes him off the puck. Good, Ben. Just wondering... how would you feel about staying a Hab? Asking for a friend.
  • Caufield strolls on in surrounded by Oilers, snipes and opens the scoring!
  • Kane immediately strikes back 22 seconds later.
  • How the heck did that stay out?! The hockey gods are watching over us tonight.
  • We got ourselves a power-play goal and... it was a Gally goal! They do exist!
  • Draisaitl tries to tie it up at the buzzer but Monty denies him with a beauty save!

Second period

  • Still riding a high, Gally gives it another go two minutes in but can’t follow up.
  • Pez barrels his way in but can’t finish.
  • Turris and Romanov both want the puck and Turris learns the hard way that you can’t have the puck when a Romanov check is involved.
  • McLeod ties it up. But that’s got to be goaltender interference. St. Louis thinks so too.
  • Stands as a good goal. Depends on your definition of good, I suppose.
  • Off to the power play we go again. Shall we make it two PPG’s?
  • Suzuki says... may as well! What. A. Shot.
  • Are you freaking kidding me?! Woodcroft challenges offside.
  • And naturally, that one gets overturned.
  • A called-back goal doesn’t faze Suzuki, he just notches another one before the power play is over!
  • Dauphin follows it up with a shorty and we’re up 4-2!
  • So they’re just going to challenge all of our goals now I see.
  • And bye-bye goal. Again.
  • Why do we have to suffer just because these linesmen were clearly never trained in offside?

Third period

  • Monty, we just need 20 more minutes of your mad skills. Just 20 minutes and we’re golden.
  • The puck slides behind Montembeault but not in the net. The hockey gods are still on our side even if the officiating is not.
  • Hey, we’re on the power play. You know what that means.
  • Officials catch one! Smith gets a delay of game for blatantly pushing off his net.
  • Gallagher heads to the box for interference after knocking the stick out of a player's hands... who was on the bench and had his stick on the ice. I think the refs called interference on the wrong team there.
  • St. Louis, you’ve coached peewee. What do you do when players do stupid things with their sticks?
  • Kulak wraps around, Smith overcommits and we’ve got a Lehky shorthanded goal!
  • And no offside challenge. Bonus.
  • Edmonton realizes their hockey players and not Olympic divers, right?
  • Oilers pull Smith with 3:50 left. It backfires as Hoffman takes advantage of the open net!
  • Habs win 5-2 (but we all know it’s really 7-2).

EOTP 3 Stars

3) If you zoom in a bit you can see that Gallagher’s reputation initiated contact

2) Well they couldn’t declare them the winner of their own game, so...

1) It’s the best kind of defence