Canadiens @ Blackhawks Top Six Minutes: A night of firsts

Jeff Petry had his long awaited first goal of the season as Montreal claimed their first point of the new year.

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.


  • What? We’re not even halfway through this season? Haven’t we suffered enough already?
  • Welcome to the Canadiens, Rem Pitlick!
  • Could we hope for a lethal brother combo in a few years?/

First Period

  • Some of the boys are back: Privjet Romanov! Skol Scheuneman! Wagwan Jake Evans?
  • Speaking of Jakes’, Allen is out again with an injury.
  • Can’t blame him. If I was a Canadiens player, I’d want to be out and about too.
  • Annnnd Dominik Kubalik scored. Should Montembeault have held on to that? Mmmaybe it’s Maybelline.
  • Monty’s had a fine period otherwise.
  • We are fifteen minutes in and the Habs are still to register a shot on goal. Oh wait, I saw one!
  • Cole Caufield almost doubled his scoring tally for the season. Managed to draw a penalty in the process though!/

Second Period

  • Nice to see more energy to start the second period for our Habs.
  • The power play remains a lame duck though.
  • The Canadiens have tied it and Petry scores his first goal in what seems like a decade but is actually just about eight months.
  • Could there actually be a point to be had tonight?
  • It would be the first point of 2022.
  • Romanov hitting people is the only highlight we need in 2022. Utter perfection./
  • And he got an instigator penalty on the Carpenter in the opposing team.
  • A power play goal. Oh for Pete’s sake!
  • Mike Hoffman from Cole Caufield. See, you can do it boys. You’re not as inept as the current standings show.
  • Could I actually be awarded with a win for staying up between 2.30 and 5.30 AM on a Thursday night?/

Third Period

  • Yeah well. You can’t have a clean power play and a clean penalty kill in the same game now, can you?
  • Patrick Kane ties it up about five seconds into a Chicago man advantage. Right through Monty’s five-hole.
  • That should NOT be a goal in the National Hockey League.
  • But hey, it’s still anyone’s game with 16 minutes left!
  • Montembeault has a tendency to save difficult shots but then let in the easy ones. This time he stopped Caufield’s older brother Alex DeBrincat from getting a potential game-winner.
  • Montreal survives a late penalty kill to secure the point./


  • Suzuki just drew past the entire population of Chicago, but Fleury denied him.
  • Chicago end the game in the most ludicrous way possible.
  • Hoffman crashes into his own netminder, fiercely trying to help Monty deny a Chicago goal.  The net, the goalie and the attacker all join Hoffman in a pile on the ice.
  • A pile on the ice. Isn’t that just a fitting end to a Montreal game this season?
  • Welp, was there an offside prior to the “goal”?
  • The referees say “bah mais non”.
  • Bonne nuit, Montréal./

EOTP 3 Stars

3) This is step number one to becoming a hockey coach

2) No hassel on that Hoff shot

1) And he never played defence again

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