Canadiens @ Maple Leafs Top Six Minutes: Hot start, cold finish

The Habs came out strong in the first then things started to go horribly wrong from there.

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  • A Saturday night Habs vs Leafs matchup. Both teams actually in the playoff race. Does it get any more fun than that?/

First period

  • Come on Drouin. The Leafs aren’t that scary. Hopefully you’re not “sick” for too long.
  • This is Mete’s 100th NHL game. Tonight’s the night, Vic. I can feel it.
  • The Leafs are looking fast. Like, “oh no” kinda fast.
  • Thankfully, Price is looking laser sharp.
  • Not once, but twice, Shaw whacks at the puck and opens the scoring!
  • And, of course, we get a goaltender interference challenge.
  • No interference! Whoop-whoop! Gotta love that rare win.
  • Petry, you slick little devil! Thanks to you, TATARRR makes notches his 21st of the season!
  • Then he quickly follows it up with a power-play goal. Let me type that again. A power-play goal. Jeff, you are on fire!
  • Third consecutive penalty for the Leafs. We’re already getting under their skin...muhahaha (that’s my evil laugh).
  • Habs have a 3-0 lead after the first period. If this isn’t a great way to start a Saturday night, I don’t know what is./

Second period

  • You can’t score from the penalty box Mete.
  • Why on earth would you leave Matthews open like that? On the power play at that.
  • Byron and Domi pick up the pace and end up with two good chances but are denied by Andersen. A desperate deny, but a deny nonetheless.
  • Lehkonen heads to the sin bin for “tripping” Andersen. Andersen must have learned those dramatics from Ben Bishop.
  • So, here’s a thought. Let’s not give the Leafs any more power plays? Who’s with me?/

Third period

  • We’re still up by one but tread lightly, fellas. The refs are making some great bad lame calls on us tonight.
  • Matthews battles in the corner with Weber and doesn’t back down. You’ve got guts I’ll give you that Auston.
  • The Leafs are kicking it up a notch, time to put it into full gear boys.
  • Domi’s just asking for a penalty. Thankfully, he didn’t get what he asked for.
  • Nylander + weird bounce + Price out of net = tie game.
  • Hey Petry, remember those sweet moves you broke out in the first period? Got any more of those up your sleeve?
  • Leafs shorthanded off the post! I think everyone should give that post some love.
  • Hyman puts the nail in the coffin with 1:50 left.
  • Johnsson with an empty-netter. That’s gotta be unsportsmanlike, doesn’t it?
  • Then Hyman...oh who cares. /

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) No poor Petry to start this game

2) Not a great strategy for a team built for speed

1) You’re supposed to put Nyquil in that, too

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