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Canadiens @ Panthers Top Six Minutes: There Won’t Be (Much) Blood

Pre-Game

  • For the love of God, please let this game not devolve into a stupid mess where players get hurt.
  • It’s totally going to turn into a stupid mess where stupid idiots, do stupid idiot things isn’t it?
  • Congrats on daughter #2 Carey, Team Canada’s women’s team is likely set in net in 20 years or so.
  • Good look to you to Antti Niemi, because behind you it’s a 20 year old with less than two years professional experience.

First Period

  • Well, that’s a great start by Phillip Danault!
  • That’s an even better start by Tomas Tatar!
  • And now Jesperi Kotkaniemi gets a good chance, this is the kind of on-ice mauling I’m in favour of y’all.
  • Nic Deslauriers turned down a fight?
  • And scored??? The end is truly nigh.
  • Oh yeah, Aaron Ekblad is around, forgot about him until he hit Jonathan Drouin.
  • Henrik Borgstrom is good, leaving him with space in the slot is not.
  • Mike Reilly skates in, and skates, and skates, and skates…Some say he’s still skating to this day.
  • Who the hell is Denis Malgin?
  • This is not a goaltending clinic by any stretch of the imagination at this point.
  • Great pressure and a power play! (I think this is a good thing)

Second Period

  • Phillip, this is the exact opposite of last period’s start.
  • Good penalty kill begets a great looking Max Domi rush, I’ll take it!
  • Another penalty, but Niemi looks great as he stones Mike Hoffman’s one time chance!
  • In fact Niemi looks sharp this period, like the guy last year who played with a chip on his shoulder the whole time.
  • I think Claude Julien should call the “score a goal” play, 60 percent of the time, it works every time.
  • Tripping is now legal apparently, poor Michael Chaput.
  • I do like seeing this aggressive play from Brett Kulak though, it’s how he found success in the AHL to start the year.
  • RIP Aleksander Barkov, cause of demise: Shea Weber slap shot.

Third Period

  • It appears Barkov’s demise was overstated, he seems no worse for wear after that Weber blast.
  • Habs are finding space to work in the slot, with Artturi Lehkonen and Tatar finding space, be nice if they can find a goal there too!
  • BIG SAVE NIEMI
  • POST FOR GALLAGHER
  • WORDS ON THIS ARTICLE!
  • Niemi has been nothing short of fantastic since the first period, and he shuts down Borgstrom this time.
  • Him playing the puck on the power play did however stop my heart momentarily.
  • Big five on three now, load up the Weber bomb.
  • Or give the puck to Tatar that works too!
  • Fast Habs are fun, watching chances appear out of nowhere makes these games so much more exciting.
  • Did I just see a Deslauriers breakaway off of a kicked puck?! What on earth is this game?
  • Oh my, Mike Matheson got posterized again, what a snipe by Lehkonen to finish.
  • Aaron Ekblad decided to seek his revenge on Max Domi finally!
  • By getting his butt kicked by Phillip Danault apparently?
  • Okay Habs, please don’t do this now, things have been going so well.
  • Empty net goal WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Highlight of the night

EOTP 3 Stars

3) Just your typical December game in hockey’s hotbed is all


2) The slump is officially over


1) It’s an all-year Christmas gift


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