Canadiens vs. Panthers Top Six Minutes: Antti Niemi steals the show

With 52 saves on the night, Antti Niemi was the key to the Habs’ victory

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. Full recaps are up the morning after every game.

First Period

  • Look, I’m not saying I’m a homer, but listening to ‘away’ feeds might be the worst thing ever
  • Niemi looking good so far
  • Over five minutes in and the Habs have yet to get a’s going to be one of those nights I guess
  • Canadiens - for the life of them - cannot gain the zone
  • Seven minutes in - finally a shot on goal
  • Niemi with another wicked save - good thing he showed up tonight
  • Domi and Matheson getting tangled up in front of Reimer and Domi ends up getting an extra 2-minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, once again I find myself yelling at the refs
  • Will Victor Mete ever score a goal in the NHL: my column
  • Chaput with the giveaway and Hoffman scores, Panthers up 1-0 and I need a drink
  • NIemi with another nice save, keeping them in the game so far
  • At the end of 20, shots are 16-6 in favour of Florida and I am hoping that Montreal shows ups for the second period/

Second Period

  • Oof Byron leaving his feet on that hit on Weegar - will he get a phone call for that one?
  • Kotkaniemi gets called for tapping Pysyk on the back
  • The one thing I tell all of my clients is that they have to be patient and consistent. Maybe I should do a workshop for NHL referees
  • THANK YOU PHILLIP DANAULT (that was so pretty)
  • Reimer had the puck secure and there was no whistle on the play, Lehkonen and Domi kept fighting and both managed to get the puck past Reimer seconds apart - Panthers obviously challenge (goaltender interference) and call on the ice is overturned
  • Domi and Hawryluk having some words
  • Habs still struggling to register SOG
  • And immediately Domi scores - he is now just three goals shy of his all-time best season
  • Habs up 3-1 heading into the final 20/

Third Period

  • Niemi with ANOTHER amazing save - crowd starts cheering his name, rightfully so
  • Kotkaniemi is secretly like 25 years old, right? He makes some incredibly smart plays for such a youngster
  • Niemi with a string of saves - he’s already sitting at 46 saves - I can’t get over his play tonight
  • Montreal called for too many men aka the worst penalty you can take
  • Sweet lil’ baby Kotkaniemi with the drag and the goal oooooh baby
  • Panthers pull Reimer
  • Gallagher with the empty net goal but the real story tonight was Antti Niemi with 52 saves/

Highlight of the night:

Man mountain says, ‘Don’t touch my goalie’

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Poor Mete

2) Makes the clown thread look like puppies

1) Speaking of shudowns...

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