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Canadiens vs. Flames Top Six Minutes: Burnt by the Flames

Nov 14, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) stops Montreal Canadiens forward Rafael Harvey-Pinard (49) during the first period at the Bell Centre. | Credit: Eric Bolte-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.

Pre-Game

  • It’s the Gustav Lindström experience 2.0 #BelieveInTheSwede
  • With this game, Lindström has now tied the record of being the longest tenured Gustav on the Habs blueline.
  • Pezz out and Ylönen in. I can work with that.
  • Let’s make the Albertans continue along their misery.
  • Merci pour tout, Pierre Turgeon! But it wasn’t long that you were a Montreal Canadien…

First Period

  • Quick double chance for the Habs, with RHP and Josh Anderson being denied by Markström and a lack of accuracy respectively.
  • Never thought I’d say these words,but: “Yay, a Montreal power play!”
  • Pearson served Gallagher with the sweetest dish in the crease, but Wor Gally managed to whiff on the puck and get himself into the net instead.
  • Guhle to the box. No worries. The Flames are among the league’s worst at utilizing their man advantage.
  • Slafkovsky using his body and getting a two-on-one together with Caufield. Markström with a heads-up save.
  • Two goose-eggs to end the first period. Fitting, right after St. Martin’s Day.

Second Period

  • Gally with a breakaway early on. Gets upheld by a defenceman and ends up turning away from the goal and having to go for a pass instead.
  • Third time’s a charm, Brendan? Let’s hope so.
  • Instead, Calgary strikes first. Nazem Kadri with his third of the season.
  • Less than a minute later, the Empire strikes back.
  • I told you to #BelieveInTheSwede and #TheSwede has delivered!
  • Gustav Lindström with his first (only?) goal as a Hab.
  • That may sound mean, but the guy has three goals in 131 career NHL games.
  • Ironically, he now joins elite company as the third ever Swedish defenceman to score a regular season goal for the Habs.
  • Scary images when Kaiden Guhle almost gets sliced with a skate in the face region, when a Flames player falls over and tumbles on his head.
  • Guhle looks to be alright, thankfully.
  • Josh Anderson hits the post. That is his autumn season in a nutshell.
  • Connor Zary somehow finds the net, to put the guests ahead once more.

Third Period

  • Andrew Breadeater makes it 3-1. His 100th NHL goal. Congratulations, Mangiapane. Only 97 to go, Lindström.
  • MSL challenges for offside. And it sure looks like he has a case here.
  • Offside! Yay!
  • The game is alive and kicking, to quote the Glaswegian genius of Simple Minds.
  • Markström is having a good game. That’s unfortunate.
  • I almost forgot Alex Newhook was on the team. He needs a confidence boost!
  • As does Josh Anderson.
  • Montreal pushing for the equalizer.
  • Gets some help from Kadri, who gets penalized for an unnecessary crosschecking.
  • Is it Caufield o’clock?
  • It feels like it is. The dude has already fired eight shots on net tonight. He’s spraying Markström.
  • You know what they say? Ninth time’s a charm. Right?
  • Gah. Wide open net for Caufield and he shoots it wide.
  • Coleman misses a two-on-zero opportunity shorthanded.
  • Is this three-on-three hockey? Sure looked like it for a minute there.
  • This should not be a loss for the Canadiens. BUT you have to put the puck INSIDE of the net and PAST the goaltender. Otherwise it’s darn hard to score.
  • Gally to the box. He definitely does not agree with the call in question.
  • Neither does Mangiapane, when he gets called a minute later.
  • Anderson gets robbed by Markström’s glove with a minute left to play.
  • Montreal with an empty net, playing six-against-four for the last 1:08.
  • Close, but no cigar.
  • Ending with a scrum as well. Everyone is angry.
  • The Flames should buy Markström a nice steak dinner tonight. He worked for that win.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) He’s growing into his massive frame.

2) That’s what you call a haul.

1) Soon we’ll have to rename him Call(back) Caufield.

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