Canadiens @ Panthers Top Six Minutes: Aleksander Barkov lights up the Habs

The Canadiens go winless on the three-game road trip, and a Finnish star was a big reason why.


  • The Panthers have an adorable sixth grader sing the national anthems for way too long.
  • Panthers pay tribute to victims of Parkland with moving video urging for gun control in honour of first anniversary of tragedy.
  • Families of victims join Shea Weber and Aleksander Barkov for ceremonial face-off.
  • (I’m not crying, you’re crying)
  • Niemi gets the start for the Habs, looking to sweep this series with the Panthers and bring   his record to 3-0 this season versus his former team./

First Period:

  • Strong start, Habs win opening face-off and head into the offensive zone.
  • Max Domi first in the box with a high sticking minor.
  • But he hardly even gets to sit down, because Barkov was right there with his 20th of the season.
  • Wow, the Panthers offence looks great right now.
  • Niemi doesn't look so hot though, as he lets in a second (and later a third)
  • (Camera pans to Price)
  • Domi comes out looking to avenge the Panthers’ first goal.
  • Success!
  • Frank Vitrano with the Panthers’ third ends Niemi’s night early.
  • Gallagher cuts the lead to 3-2 and the Habs get a power play opportunity.
  • 5-on-3 but Julien sits Danault, arguably his best face-off guy? C’mon man./

Second Period:

  • Montreal starts on the power play, looking for a comeback.
  • (Camera pans to salty looking Niemi)
  • Domi ties the game with his second of the night.
  • Career high goals scored for Domi, breaking his record of 18 from his rookie season.
  • Panthers with several solid chances in the second, but magic, wizardry and Carey Price keep them out.
  • Barkov gets his second of the night with the NASTIEST goal I’ve ever seen.
  • WOW
  • Montreal heads into the second intermission down one yet again./

Third Period:

  • Florida’s first line is very good, but Carey Price is not having it to start the third.
  • Scratch that.
  • It looks like he’s having it. 5-3 Panthers.
  • (Cue coach’s challenge)
  • And the call is actually reversed? 4-3 Panthers.
  • The Panthers look shaken after the reversal, but only momentarily, as Barkov gets his third of the night.
  • Hats! Hats! Hats!
  • The Panthers close out the night with an empty net goal to seal the deal on a 6-3 win./

Highlight of the night

Just wouldn’t be right to pick something other than this:

EOTP 3 Stars

3) And they also forgot to schedule the Florida game. Very strange.

2) Always good to let the number one get a breather now and then

1) Only the most special kinds of discipline

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