Running on empty
Playing their third game in four nights, the Canadiens mustered a measly 18 shots on goal and lost 2-1 to Scott Clemmensen and the visiting Florida Panthers.
Alex Galchneyuk has scored his team's last three regulation-time goals – the latest early in the third period on a power play.
But with Peter Budaj on the bench for a sixth attacker, Galchenyuk wasn't on the ice.
The visitors got second-period goals from Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad.
Budaj stopped the other 23 shots he faced.
Alex Galchenyuk's 10th of the season, on an early power-play, narrowed the lead to 2-1.
The Canadiens had 35 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play but could muster little pressure on Scott Clemmensen.
With Peter Budaj on the bench, six attackers pressed for the qualizer.
It was not to be.
For a team that's forgotten how to score, two goals is a daunting deficit.
Jesse Winchester, alone in the slot, and Nick Bjugstad, with a knuckler over Peter Budaj's shoulder, put Florida ahead.
The Canadiens had four second-period shots on Scott Clemmensen.
They have not scored a goal in regulation through the last 12 periods of hockey.
Stop me if you've read this before
Yest another goalless 20 minutes for your Montreal Canadiens.
Moreover, the home team was outshot 14-8 by Florida.
Peter Budaj was particularly sharp on Tomas Fleischmann and Brad Boyes.
The Canadiens did mount a threatening power play.
Budaj, not booing
Just when we were ready to set the Bell Centre Boo-meter to 11.
Scott Gomez will be a healthy scratch for the Florida Panthers Sunday night.
Gomez has played 19 games for Florida. He's scored one goal, added four assists and is minus-7. He's in the pressbox for the seventh straight game.
A team of bleary-eyed Canadiens will be facing Gomez's teammates.
Because of the weather system that has dumped snow on our part of the world, the Canadiens celebrated their OT win over the Islanders by sitting on the tarmac in New York Saturday night.
The team charter didn't touch down in Montreal until 2:35 a.m.
And the players will be back on the ice to face the Panthers at 6 p.m.
Peter Budaj in nets.
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