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.
Remember last year, when the Montreal Canadiens were swept by Detroit, a team that probably would have had a losing record even if they played their entire season five-on-four?
Well, Detroit is still bad this year, but the awesome thing for the Habs is they will not have to play them a single time. The problem is that a certain team from Ottawa has decided that from their division-worst position, they must be responsible for the Detroit role.
The Habs, however, have one more win against Ottawa than they did against Detroit last year. Might as well go for a second, eh?
- I wish Nick Suzuki would shoot more.
- NICK SUZUKI ANSWERS WISHES, GUYS. 1-0.
- Excellent start. Just don’t sit on that lead, don’t give any opportunities the other way whatsoever. Fill the net.
- Paul Byron takes a high-sticking penalty. He’s currently not accepting to honour any wishes.
- The Habs are pretty in control of this game and have a 1-0 lead. This is either going to get really fun, or really sad.
- Alright, sad it is. Drake Batherson scores the greasiest goal of all time and it’s 1-1.
- Well, a power play. I figure the Senators are as good a team as any for that unit to get back to being useful.
- Or they could pass the puck 97 times, not shoot, and give up a quality scoring chance the other way, whatever.
- How sick would it be if they changed the rules so like 10 consecutive passes without a shot counted for a power play goal? The Habs would definitely be top-five in the league.
- I’ve decided to pretend this period just didn’t happen. New game starts below.
- The top line actually hemmed the Senators in their zone for a good minute there! I feel like this should be more expected than exciting, but here we are.
- I’d get way more excited about a goal, but the Habs don’t seem to want to do that much lately.
- Another Senators power play…
- Jake Allen has way more work tonight than you want him to have against the last place team of the division… At least he looks good doing it!
- I like Tim Stutzle. I’d like him a lot more if he’d come play for the Habs but we’ll see. The Senators have a way of running their players out of town.
- Yet another Senators power play…
- I’d normally complain for some calls the other way here, but I’m not sure I even want to see the Habs power play right now.
- Ben Chiarot now leads the north division in minor penalties. It’s quite arguably the one stat you never want to lead in.
- Joel Armia had to be hooked for about five full seconds to draw a call, but we have a Habs power play! Not sure if I should be excited about this but it’s all I’ve got right now.
- Spoiler alert: it was nothing to be excited about.
- Ok so Derek Stepan hit from behind but it’s double minors because Jeff Petry dared to go over there like any hockey player. I suppose the refs are as disenchanted with the Habs power play as I am.
- Oh hey, Jonathan Drouin got boarded and the refs are okay with that. They must really not enjoy watching the Habs!
- Alright, just get one and sit on it, I won’t even be mad.
- ORRRRRRR… Allow another super greasy goal. 2-1 Ottawa and I’d like the money I didn’t pay for this game to be returned to me immediately.
- Phillip Danault just got away with throat punching Stutzle with his stick. Bad officiating sometimes is just bad officiating.
- Former Hab Mikey Reilly gives the Habs a power play. I’m reasonably sure he did that on purpose because it basically kills two minutes.
- Smart move, Mike, seeing as the best chance went to the Sens.
- This is just terrible.
- Corey Perry did whaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAT?
- That was a ridiculous move. I talked smack about the decision to sit Lehkonen for him and he goes and does that? C’mon man.
- Once again, I’ll take it. 2-2 and at least a loser point seems to be in reach.
- Drake Batherson just got a random breakaway and Jake Allen robbed him. Apparently Jake Allen is only allowing greasy goals that bounce 20 feet in the air and land in the net tonight.
- ONE POINT. BOOK IT.
- Imagine being excited about getting a point against the last place team.
- WOOOOAH Jake Allen just did a Hasek-style pad stack to completely rob Brady Tkachuk.
- What did I say, he’s only allowing super greasy ones tonight.
- Was Kotkaniemi just trying to kill the clock against the boards? Might be smart.
- Another breakaway save by Allen. They’re trying, it’s just not greasy enough yet.
- Can’t stop Tkachuk that time. Enough grease.
- A well deserved loss for the Habs. 3-2.
EOTP 3 Stars of the night
3) Give it time, see if they can’t make this one happen for us.
2) Just looking for a more entertaining game
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LeBron James re-injures ankle
James departed the 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors with 6:42 remaining in the contest.
“His ankle is battling some soreness,” Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel said afterward. “We decided not to bring him back.”
James was playing for the second time since missing 20 games due to the injured ankle. He said it has tightened up on him at halftime in both games.
Vogel and James were both in wait-and-see mode per whether the star forward could play against Denver.
“The plan is to see how I feel and go from there,” James said.
James also was thinking about the big picture.
“The most important thing for me is to be healthy and be at full strength when it really matters,” James said.
James recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Toronto as the slumping Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games. They are 0-2 since James returned.
“I think our team is predicated on health,” James said. “That is the No. 1 thing for our ball club. We need to be healthy and we need to be at full strength.”
–Field Level Media
FTB: What’s in store for the Maple Leafs in their final five games? – Pension Plan Puppets
Next week the Leafs have three games against the Habs; Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Monday’s game is in Montreal, while the others are in Toronto. Saturday’s game is also the final home game for the regular season. These games could help determine who the Leafs play in the first round since the Jets continue to flounder, losing six games in a row, and are now only two points up on the Habs. Some Montreal wins next week could put them in third place, knocking the Jets down to fourth where they would face the Leafs in the playoffs. That would also mean the Leafs would have to lose to the Habs all week, which… I don’t like any of these options! Just win all the games, Leafs.
The following week the Leafs wrap up the season on the road, with a trip to Ottawa, and then ending it rather unceremoniously on Friday in Winnipeg in what looks to be a regionally blacked-out game broadcast only on TSN4 in Toronto. That certainly lacks the grandeur of the final scheduled game of previous seasons, but hopefully it will be the start of a very long playoff run. The playoff games will all be on Sportsnet with no blackouts on NHL Live.
Hardev caught us up on the Marlies yesterday morning.
The Marlies played the Senators yesterday afternoon and lost 5-3. Joseph Woll was in net. He’s being backed up by Veini Vehvilainen who you may recall the Leafs picked up in exchange for Mikko Lehtonen in early March.
The Marlies host the Senators again this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Sportsnet is at it again with the wonky charts. I don’t even know what to do with this one. As Fulemin noted, if Matthew Tkachuk is down to bringing nothing but “size” to his line, it’s no wonder the Flames are having such a bad season.
Then again, this all sort of played out last night as the Flames lost 4-1 and Tkachuk fought (checks notes) Tyson Barrie? What?! Yes, it actually happened. Here’s the video!
The Hurricanes’ goalie picked up a primary assist on this game winner. Also <3 Dougie
The next Connor: Hockey’s latest phenom went distance to find a game in pandemic – CBC
Connor Bedard, the first player granted exceptional status to suit up in the WHL a year early and tabbed as the likely first pick in the 2023 NHL draft, saw his inaugural junior season put on ice by COVID-19. That began a long road, including a trip to Sweden with his sister, to where he is now.
Capital Gains: Van Riemsdyk Making Most of Opportunity – Japers’ Rink
The 29-year-old has maintained a positive attitude despite an up-and-down season, and it’s paying off in his return to the lineup and sudden resurgence.
High school hockey in desert flourishing despite lack of AIA sanction – PBS
Hockey is one of the few sports not sanctioned by the AIA, but it has managed to be successful. Much of that has to do with the Arizona High School Hockey Association.
Enjoy your Sunday. Our Back to Excited podcast has been postponed until Tuesday this week.
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