Canadiens @ Stars Top Six Minutes: Phillip Danault, Antti Niemi help make it a winning road trip
Jeff Petry’s overtime goal sealed a great trip for Montreal.
- Hey, it’s Mike Johnson. Nice of TSN to fly him all the way to Dallas for this last game on the road.
- Victor Mete thought Shea Weber would be a good pass option for a breakout pass. Weber clearly thought otherwise.
- There can’t be a whole lot of blood in that body. Better get the leak in Mete’s fixed stat.
- Two good glove saves from Antti Niemi early.
- Brendan Gallagher fires one of the post. He’s looking engaged to start.
- And there’s a big save from Niemi.
- “There can be only one!” screams Jeff Petry as he squishes Dallas’s Finnish rookie, Miro Heiskanen, on the glass.
- Dallas is getting the lion’s share of zone time in the first half of the period.
- Maybe Kotkaniemi wants to be the only big smiler in the game as well, as he eliminates Alexander Radulov in his own end.
- Some offsides of several feet for the Canadiens now. Need a little more patience on the entries.
- Well it’s impossible to go over the line early when Mete is the one carrying the puck. Not a bad rush for the light-headed defenceman.
- Just about a goal for Kotkaniemi. Just missed an open net. He could probably have twice as many points as he does this year.
- Johnson agrees.
- Mete came to play (again) tonight.
- Spezza can’t put the puck in, but decided Niemi will do just as well.
- Who is this Jordie Benn? At this rate the Oilers may have to throw in a first-round pick when McDavid comes to Montreal.
- Brett Kulak doing good work around the net. Not his, Dallas’s a surprising shift from the third pairing.
- Not much of a surprise who the goal-scorer is. Is Phillip Danault headed toward another three-point game.
- Ben Bishop is complaining about something. The ref gets saved by the bell./
- Andrew Shaw won’t be returning to this game. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, because he’s been a big piece of the team of late.
- Mete comes close again. If only he’d chosen horseshoes for his profession he wouldn’t be nearly so frustrated. And probably a bit less bloody.
- Kotkaniemi just chopped the puck on his backhand right onto the tape or Artturi Lehkonen. Not bad.
- The end of the shift isn’t so good, as the Finnish contingent gets scored on.
- Weber just about kept Roope Hintz from making it to 2019.
- Power play time. Good chance to update the lineups for the USA-Finland game. Hey, Cayden Primeau’s playing tonight. Not a good time for a bug to be going through the top teams of Group B at the World Juniors.
- And the power play is over.
- Nice move by Max Domi to gain the line. Unfortunately, he was the third Hab to cross it.
- Big lunging save from Niemi on Radek Faksa.
- No Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin on the Stars’ power play. Take that ... somebody. I don’t know if the organization has figured out exactly who the enemy is here.
- Kotkaniemi dents another post. Any talentless hack can hit the 4’ x 6’ mesh. Those posts are tiny.
- Bishop has decided to sit in the net. I anticipate another conversation with the ref.
- Weber probably just saved a goal by breaking up a Royal Road pass.
- A bit unorthodox, but another big cross-crease save from Niemi.
- So close to a short-handed breakaway for Paul Byron. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of those.
- Well, Benn was on that power play. And it’s 2-1 Dallas.
- And Russia scored to go up 2-1 as well. At least Alexander Romanov got an assist. I won’t spoil too much for those of you recording the game./
- Mete was going into the corner with two Stars, and called to Weber for help before even engaging. At least he knows his weaknesses.
- Danault missed his shot. That’s not supposed to happen.
- Kenny Agostino gets a turn on the Finnish Line. Sounds a bit Finnish I suppose.
- Max Domi getting a bit of a talkin’-to from Claude Julien. Did the forward try to chirp Benn and Seguin? Probably.
- Mete uses his stick like a fishing lure on a 2-on-1 defence. Stars don’t score, so it clearly worked.
- Danault again! This guy’s pretty good.
- Bishop goes down hard. As he does. Ref not buying what he’s trying to sell.
- Seriously, five goals, four assists, donated $5000 to charity. It’s been a good road trip for Danault.
- Bishop taunts Agostino by leaving the puck in the crease. Agostino pokes at. Stars get upset. Johnson is unsympathetic.
- Habs are desperate to grab this point. Energy high on both sides to play out the final minutes of the third.
- And with that, the Canadiens finish above a .500 points percentage on the December road trip. A win in Tampa Bay would have been incredible, but 7 of 12 points is a great result nonetheless./
- Now that the teams have secured their point, do we see a looser approach in overtime?
- Jeff Petry catches up to Paul Byron and nets the overtime-winner! An excellent effort from the defenceman.
- So make that eight of 12 points. Very good indeed.
- And it’s after midnight here in Nova Scotia, so Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for visiting EOTP over 15 million times in 2018!/
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