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Canadiens vs. Rangers Top Six Minutes: A lifeless loss

Remember when losses were expected but at least it was entertaining?

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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

  • Finally back on home soil. That’s got to bring some kind of good luck. Right?
  • St-Louis said the team’s confidence is pretty low right now. That doesn’t really fill me with... confidence.

First period

  • Armia is back in the lineup after being benched. Did you learn how to score while you watched from the box, Joel? That was the plan.
  • Pretty decent start. We’re three minutes in and Allen seems to have broken his first-goal-in-first-minute routine.
  • Anyone else still holding a grudge against Kreider? Just me then?
  • I’m 14 minutes into the period is a good time to get a shot on goal. But that’s just me.
  • Evans takes a shot off the foot, lands a body check, and kicks the puck as he lands on the ice. That’s the most exciting series of events this period.
  • Three minutes left and Dadonov gets the first shot on goal for the Habs.
  • Halak is startled when Armia almost gets past him with a backhand. Can’t blame him there.
  • No score and a fast period. I’ll take it.

Second period

  • Alright, we had 10 shots on goal total last period. Let’s up the ante and maybe even get a goal or two. Habs specific. Rangers, you can sit this on out.
  • Big cheers at the Bell Centre! Because Team Canada is up 2-0.
  • **Breaking news: Nick Suzuki... will represent the Habs at the All-Star Game.
  • Now, if he could just represent the Habs tonight that would be great.
  • The first penalty of the game gets handed to the Rangers for too many men.
  • Kreider makes it 1-0 with a short-handed goal. Still holding that grudge.
  • Prior to that, the Habs were the only team to not have been scored on with a shorty. Dude.
  • Anderson has been making his presence known this period. Maybe we’ll be treated to an Anderson goal. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
  • Drouin gets one off the post. We’re getting closer.
  • But the Rangers are closer with Schneider making it 2-0.
  • Less than a minute later and the Rangers get another one.
  • How’s Team Canada making out? Still up 2-0. Well, that’s nice.

Third period

  • Dach almost manages to poke the puck past Halak.
  • The Habs look like they’re trying but it’s hard to tell.
  • Richard does the splits at the blue line to not go offside. I’d be surprised if that didn’t result in a lower-body injury.
  • You have 13 shots on goal. Shoot the puck. Just shoot it. Shoot even when you think you don’t have a shot. Let’s go crazy.
  • Kreider goes in and tries for another short-handed goal but is denied this time.
  • Xhekaj heads to the box for slashing. Considering St-Louis said they “can’t kill a penalty to save their life” I don't have the warm and fuzzies about this.
  • Anderson almost gets a shorty. There are six minutes left to ruin Halak’s shutout. Let’s do it, Josh.
  • Armia notches his first of the season and the Bell Centre goes wild!
  • ... because Team Canada just won Gold.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) You need to be specific when asking rookies to help out offensively

2) It even works on Joel Armia!

1) We just need some patience with him