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Canadiens @ Sabres Top Six Minutes: Jake Allen steals a win in Buffalo

Oct 23, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Tanner Pearson (70) looks to make a pass during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. | Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

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.


  • Looking forward to see RHP on that top line, next to NiCole.
  • Kirby Dach, you are missed. You too, Kaiden Guhle.

First Period

  • Imagine liking cows so much, you name your city after one.
  • Slaf gets an early breakaway. Gah, he could have done with a goal there.
  • And so could Justin Barron! He breaks the deadlock early on a rebound off a Xhekaj pointshot.
  • Gallagher takes a tripping call, and Jeff Skinner ties up the game on the man advantage.
  • It’s so wonderful that the Habs do their best to improve the opposition’s crappy powerplay statistics.
  • Mr. Krebs hits PezzaHut in the back, and gets called for boarding.
  • A Habs powerplay: My favourite thing in the world, next to the measles and a rat-filled bowl of spaghetti.
  • If only I could see improvement from game to game, or from year to year. Then maybe I could believe the tales of Alex Burrows being a powerplay whisperer.
  • Right back to the penalty kill, after having too many men on the ice. Sigh…

Second Period

  • Xhekaj checks into the penalty box for showing Okposo to his seat.
  • Apart from the conceded goal, which came from an impossible angle, Jake Allen has had a solid start to this game.
  • Hey! It took 35 minutes, but the Habs have finally reached double digits in shots on Eric Comrie.
  • Okposo to the box for hugging Matheson ever so tightly.
  • I enjoy the East Side Mario’s moronic “Mangia, mangia” commercials more than I enjoy the Canadiens’ powerplay looks.
  • The period ends with a Barron cross checking penalty.

Third Period

  • Buffalo has double the shots, 28-14.
  • Montreal has double the goals, 2-1!
  • Tanner Pearson works the puck into the crease, and Brendan Gallagher scores a vintage Gally goal, digging the puck free from the goalie’s mitts and shoving the puck and everything else into the net.
  • Ah, we sure love to have you back, Gally!
  • It’s Buffalo against Jake Allen now, and it has been like that for most of the night.
  • The Habs’ defence is looking porous without Kaiden Guhle in the lineup.
  • David Savard with two major blocks in a row, after Monahan has entered the box on a tripping call.
  • He apparently loses his blade on one of the blocks, and has to be dragged off the ice.
  • “His blade died, so the Canadiens’ penalty kill… could live.”
  • Pezzetta stresses Owen Power to a mistake, and nearly scores the decider. He manages to draw a call during his goal scoring attempt though. Yey, powerplay!
  • Imagine if someone told you two years ago that Michael Pezzetta one day would have more NHL games than he had AHL games. His story is wild.
  • Matheson rings one off the iron. Gah.
  • Et le but!
  • Tanner Pearson, with only seconds remaining of the powerplay. Vintage Tyler Toffoli-type of a PP goal.
  • Delicious foreplay by Alex Newhook and Brendan Gallagher.
  • Oh no. It’s a two-goal lead.
  • Oh yes. It’s a two-goal win!

EOTP 3 Stars

3) The fans are still busy enjoying those last minutes of summer sunlight.

2) Don’t they learn anything from the Canadiens?

1) “Oh, I see. Running away, eh? Come back here! I’ll bite your legs off!”