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Canadiens @ Flames Top Six Minutes: SECOND PLACE – Habs Eyes on the Prize

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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.

How about that eight game losing streak, eh? Good thing that debacle is over. I mean, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing since getting out of that whole thing, but at least some wins have happened since, right?

In fact, as this game is about to get underway, it might interest you to know that the Flyers are beating the absolute shit out of the Sabres. Which means, and this is not a joke, the Montreal Canadiens can take sole possession of second place in the Atlantic with a win tonight.


First Period

  • You won’t hear me say this often about jerseys that aren’t the Tricolore, but the Flames are wearing some nice sweaters tonight. If I had to wear another NHL jersey I’d have to go with one of those
  • Gonna go vomit now, thanks Calgary.
  • Mikael Backlund starting shit with Max Domi seems like a terrible idea for the Swede. You don’t want that smoke, Mikael.
  • 1-0 Flames. The slightly more tolerable of the Tkachuk brothers, Matthew Tkachuk, is left completely alone in front.
  • His name is Matt, so I’m always going to side with my bretheren over some dickhead named Brady.
  • They can both catch a boat to fuckoffity land though. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
  • Nick Cousins gets a scoring chance, and he elects for a weak backhand that a Peewee goaltender could stop. It was basically a weak pass on net.
  • Cousins came to play though. Might score if he can take the damn puck to the forehand and actually shoot.
  • I’ll forgive Cousins a lot more for his weak shot than Mikey Reilly wasting a beautiful shooting lane by shooting directly at the crest of David Rittich’s jersey.
  • Also, Reilly, can you change your damn name to Mike, or Michael? You’re a grown ass man.
  • 2-0 Flames. Elias Lindholm. On the power play. If the Habs could kill a penalty to save their lives, that would be great.

Second Period

  • If Brendan Gallagher could not get hit by a puck and limp his way to the bench for one damn game, I’d love that.
  • Shots are 17-13 for the Habs, so it’s pretty sad that they can’t have one measly goal.
  • Tkachuk just tried to go between his legs for a shot, when in reality he would have been better off with a backhander.
  • That’s honestly just an insult to the Habs that he thought he could pull that off. Carey Price said fuck off.
  • 2-1 AND IT GOES IN FROM A RIDICULOUS ANGLE!!!
  • Brendan Gallagher, for his part, was also insulting to the Flames by thinking he could pull that off. Difference is, he actually did.
  • Joel Armia just scored, but there’s a challenge and that was definitely offside.
  • THE REFS SAY IT ISN’T!!! 2-2 AND WE HAVE A GAME, FOLKS!!!!!
  • That was a ridiculous shot from Armia. Offside or not, that just hit different.
  • I dump on the officials all the time, and honestly I have to dump on them some more. To me that was offside. I will accept the goal on behalf of Habs fans as karma for the no-goal call in Vancouver the other night.
  • A power play goal would have been nice on two opportunities, just saying.
  • Shots now 30-17 for the Habs. I’d like some more goals though, please.

Third Period

  • Well Cale Fleury just spun Milan Lucic around like a top. Probably a penalty, but the high-quality NHL officials missed it.
  • Lucic is going to do something really dumb in retaliation for that.
  • Nick Cousins just went down hard. The absolute lack of a quality replay prevents me from determining what caused it.
  • I blame Lucic, because why not.
  • Four-on-four alert!!
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaand Calgary has the lead back. 3-2 thanks to Oliver Kylington. First of the year for him. Of course against the Habs.
  • I want to die.
  • ET LE BUUUUUUT. NICK SUZUKI. 3-3.
  • Big Nick Energy, man. He was very deserving of that. He probably deserves a hatty tonight, but alas the hockey gods don’t give a fuck about what you deserve.
  • HOOOOOOOOOO my god, Carey Price just made a ridiculous blocker save.
  • He’s still your mom’s favourite player.
  • This game was boring for the better part of the first period. It came around nicely.
  • YET. ANOTHER. CAREY. PRICE. ROBBERY.
  • It is way too late for me to be this hype. Don’t fuck with me, Habs.

Overtime

  • Given the result of the four-on-four earlier, I don’t like the idea of three-on-three at all.
  • Max Domi literally took the puck from Rittich and somehow was stopped on the ensuing attempt.
  • Habs are basically playing keep away here without really shooting.
  • Please do the shooting.
  • MAX DOMI DOES THE SHOOTING AND THE MONTREAL CANADIENS ARE IN SECOND PLACE IN THE ATLANTIC DIVISION!!!

EOTP 3 Stars of the night

3) Shutouts are cool. Shame he didn’t get a shutout.

2) Dutch Gretzky is the GOAT of pissing off Milan Lucic. Shame he wasn’t out there.

1) BIG NICK ENERGY

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Mixed Martial Arts-Door is open for YouTube’s Paul brothers in MMA

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Logan and Jake Paul would make great Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, Bellator president Scott Coker has said as he targets exhibition matches featuring the YouTube personalities such as the former’s boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.

Logan Paul went the distance, surviving eight rounds against unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.

USA Today reported the fight brought in one million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from sales in the United States.

It was only the second fight of Paul’s career, while his brother Jake has fought in three professional boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter Ben Askren in April.

Critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow due to the lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have millions of subscribers on YouTube.

However, Coker told Reuters the brothers have impressive physiques and the door is open for them to move into MMA.

“I met with Logan Paul about two years ago and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s manager and Jake on a zoom call recently… The one thing I said was hey, if you want to do MMA we would love to promote you guys,” the 58-year-old said in a Zoom interview.

“These guys are young, athletic, strong and you saw the fight on Sunday night these guys they came and did their work.

“Mayweather couldn’t finish him and I know he tried, I heard he wanted to knock this kid out so bad,” he added.

“When I heard both had high school wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a prominent wrestling state in the U.S., it really made me interested in pursuing them in some super fights in Mixed Martial Arts – and that door is continually open.”

HEADLINE FIGHT

Bellator, owned by Viacom, is gearing up for a busy month of events, starting with Bellator 260 on Friday with the headline fight between reigning welterweight world champion Douglas Lima and the undefeated Yaroslav Amosov.

However, super fights and exhibitions are where Coker is targeting a younger audience.

“My 14-year-old niece, I told her I was going to the Logan Paul fight and she thought that was the greatest thing,” he said.

“She asked me who he was fighting and I said Floyd Mayweather and she said ‘who’s that?’ – I thought wow, she doesn’t know boxing, she doesn’t know MMA, she’s just a 14-year-old girl on the internet doing what they do.”

As the sporting world gears up for the delayed Tokyo Olympics starting in July, Coker believes MMA will feature in future Games.

“When you think about mixed martial arts, what you’re talking about is boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, karate – those are all Olympic sports,” he said.

“Why wouldn’t mixed martial arts eventually get into the Olympics because six out of the seven disciplines MMA is known to use really is already there.

“There’d be a lot of details to work out but to me I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of time.”

 

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) said on Wednesday, after the 2020 event Canada was to host was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The championships will return to Montreal from March 18-24, marking the 11th time Canada has staged the event.

“Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best skaters to the fantastic Canadian city of Montreal,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada, in a statement.

 

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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Andreescu splits with coach Bruneau after French Open exit

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World number seven Bianca Andreescu on Tuesday announced she has split with longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau, a week after falling in the first round of the French Open.

The pair had worked together for four years as Andreescu made her breakthrough with three titles in 2019, including the U.S. Open.

“It is with a heavy heart that I would like to inform my fans that my long time coach, mentor and friend, Sylvain and I, have mutually decided to end our incredible coaching relationship,” Canadian Andreescu wrote on Twitter

“Our friendship will live forever … I am very grateful for everything we accomplished together and all of our great memories.

“Sylvain was more than a coach… he is family.”

Andreescu, 20, returned to action at this year’s Australian Open, having missed 15 months due to a knee injury.

A positive COVID-19 test subsequently ruled Andreescu out of both Madrid and Rome before an abdominal injury forced her to pull out of Strasbourg at the quarter-final stage.

Her most recent appearance at Roland Garros ended with a 6-7(1) 7-6(2) 9-7 defeat by Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek.

 

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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