Game 11: Panthers end Habs’ four-game streak

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov and goalie Carey Price take a breather during Saturday night’s game.
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• At a Glance: The Canadiens’ four-game
winning streak came to an end Saturday night at the Bell Centre, Montreal
falling 3-1 to the Florida Panthers in the home team’s fourth game in six
nights. The Canadiens outshot the Panthers 41-31 but ran into a hot goaltender
in former one-game Hab Tomas Vokoun, who outdueled Carey Price at the other
end. The game marked the return of Montreal
defenceman Andrei Markov, who missed 21 games, including 11 last playoffs and
10 this season, after suffering a torn ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
semifinal vs. Pittsburgh.

Michael Frolik scored the first period’s only goal, flipping a rebound of a
Shawn Matthias shot past Carey Price at 12:10. Mathieu Darche got that one back
by jamming one past Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun at 2:13 of the second, a tie Montreal would
relinquish at 11:20. David Booth, twice robbed by Price on the same glittering
sequence, would draw a penalty shot when hauled down by Jaro Spacek on broken
coverage by Roman Hamrlik; Booth beat Price with a backhand on the free shot,
the second in as many games at the Bell Centre. Mathias put it away at 16:38 of
the third period, cashing a rebound.

• Key Moments: Booth was stoned by Price on a
shot and rebound in the second period, but came back to score on a
penalty shot at 11:19 of the second period for what would be the eventual
winner. The Panthers killed a lengthy 5-on-3 to start the third period, as

• What It Means:  The Canadiens earned six of eight
points the past week but showed tired legs at times Saturday night, having
played on Long Island on Friday.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens head out on the road for a
pair: they’re in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets next Tuesday and in Buffalo
on Friday to face the Sabres before returning home to play Alex Kovalev’s
Ottawa Senators next Saturday night.


  1. Sean Bonjovi says:

    test again

    “[Tim] Connolly is almost a point a game player over the last two seasons, while playing in 141 of a possible 164 games.” – staff

  2. Sean Bonjovi says:


  3. TomNickle says:

    I guess it all depends on the ticket buyer.  There aren’t too many guys who have played over the years that are worth the price of admission.  And that’s a fun topic.

    Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Coffey, Chris Chelios, Dale Hawerchuk, Guy Lafleur, Mike Gartner and my personal favourite player to watch live, Pavel Bure.

    His speed and ability to control the puck at that speed was unparalleled.  

    I don’t think Kovalchuk deserves to be on a list like that.  He’s one dimensional.


  4. ZepFan2 says:

    “Let’s start the excuse-building now, good idea!”


    “Analyst: And I will say things you already know, five seconds after you yell them at your television.”

  5. LA Loyalist says:

    I think we should all chip in and buy Gomez a portable NAV so he can find the net.

  6. LA Loyalist says:

    Cammi has always been streaky. Remember last year he didn’t score at all near the end of the year, but turned it on in the playoffs, when it counts. He’ll be fine.

  7. LA Loyalist says:

    Let’s start the excuse-building now, good idea!

  8. LA Loyalist says:

    I know Jersey is boring – but I saw them last night against Kings and KOVALCHUK is freaking magic. Worth the price of admission even with him being wasted there (which I’ve posted above).

    With your pure love of hockey you will appreciate him, it’s like seeing Achilles up close.

  9. OverseasFan says:

    No, we’re third in the league now, after LA and Tampa Bay.

  10. bostonantifan says:

    What about Cammalleri?  The guy couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat!  I know he likes to shoot high, but he’s constantly missing the net with his shots. 

  11. says:

    Thanks for the chuckle!

    Submitted by Chuck on Sat, 10/30/2010 – 17:33.

    What kind of school did you go to where 7+2+1=11?

  12. since1988 says:

    can’t win them all…are we still first?!…i love the fight in this team despite the loss they never seem to quit…i hate the wait between games (does this mean my obsession with the team gas gir a new low or high?

  13. Chuck says:

    They probably just grab a spare off the rack to toss into the crowd.

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pretty cool yeah, especially considering there are a lot of superstitious players, get a goal with that stick and they’re not giving it up. I remember Mike Green had his 8 goals over 8 games stick sent back from the HHOF when Easton discontinued the model he wanted it so badly.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. mike g says:

    But uh….

    A game used stick, thats a nice gift, no?



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  16. HardHabits says:

    The Blues don’t have enough fans to have a quality blog so the three of them come here.

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    Can’t bring myself to watch a game involving NJ nowadays.

    Anyone else disappointed that so many games were just blowouts today? So many 1-sided games makes for a rather unentertaining night if you were lucky for close hockey, only thing that was really on the wire was STL-ATL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  18. mike g says:


    If you guys think the Habs are nice to give away signed pucks when they name the 3 stars, think again.

    Just watched the Devils-Kings game, and all 3 Kings stars gave away their game-used sticks.

    That’s right, $300 pro-model sticks.

    That’s saaaweeeeeeeet….!!



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  19. Mattyleg says:

    Goddamn schedulers should be forced to play the games that they give the Habs.

    How can we be expected to do well if we’re constantly playing back-to-backers, like this coming week??

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. Harani says:

    Btw, Kipprusoff pulls himself after giving up 6 goals and then the HUGE kid Karlsson, his back-up who clearly did not attend Francois Allaire’s School of goaltending, stacks his pads on a penalty shot on which David Steckel scores and then Kupper is back for the 3rd period. 

    LOGIC? SENSE? Anything?

    “It must be love!”

  21. samTHEman says:

    Gio needs to drop his number. It’s the curse of the 21

  22. light_n_tasty says:

    Keep it up.  These are the most useful posts, IMO. I hope Gauthier reads them.

  23. light_n_tasty says:

    Gomez and Gionta continue to disappoint (especially Gomez).  But I really think that Markov’s return will help them out.  Markov’s soon-to-be crisp outlet passes hopefully will make unnecessary Gomez’s end-to-end-then-give-the-puck-away rushes.

    Something that’s been comforting, however, is that we’ve been winning without our 4 highest paid players (Gomez, Cammy, Markov, Gionta).

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    I can’t take too much credit, NCAA and KHL stats are petty much ALL the work of the awesome guy that runs Habs Prospects. I just take what I can from him, visit the Junior Hockey/AHL sites and fill in my own stuff.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  25. light_n_tasty says:

    Your dedication borders on ridiculous.  You really should get paid for this.

  26. rocketsglare says:

    5 takes from tonight’s game: 1) you can’t win them all, 2) the PK is impressive, 3) the PP is horrid,

    4) the D looked slow and tired, and 5) no quit in this team.

    The Habs played well enough to win, but unfortunately were stoned by a better goalie tonight. Price

    made some unbelievable saves to keep the team in the game but uncharacteristic sloppy play by the

    D was to much to overcome given the lack of scoring by the team tonight.

    Overall, the team had a very successful week and having Markov back is good news. So, let’s move on

    to Tuesday’s game were a rested team will be ready to battle the Blue Jackets.


    Go Habs Go!

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering Darryl Sutter took a team that was in the Cup Finals to one that’s going to likely miss the playoffs for a 2nd year and Gainey took the team that couldn’t make the playoffs at all to one that made them in every year of his tenure except for 2007, it’s not really the same situation. Gainey worked to rebuild the Habs, Sutter couldn’t add on to what was needed to take another swing at the Cup.

    Iginla could have easily stayed on had Sutter not taken the GM job or if he’d done it well. What he could’ve done if Sutter had landed him a real center, it’s nuts.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  28. TripleX says:

    Same sickness that holds back the Hab’s franchise, the “old boy’s club” mentality.  Loyalty to long time employees over the success of the franchise.  The fans knew a long time ago that it was time for Sutter and maybe Ignla to move on.  At a certain point loyalty stops becoming a virtue and instead becomes a millstone.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  29. HFX-HabFan says:

    Seriously, all you ever post about now is Blues-related stuff.

  30. HFX-HabFan says:

    I didn’t really understand that one either.

  31. Duracell3 says:

    I watched probably 2 periods of the Blues game. Halak did alright, nothing like his last 2-3 games though. Of the 3, 1 he would have liked to have had but hard to fault him soley on any of them.


    As for Price, 1st goal was a rebound he would have probably liked to have back, but it’s hard to fault him. 2nd goal was a penalty shot, anything can happen and he took away the percentage shot. 3rd goal was a random rebound that the D should have been all over.


    In other new Voukun was pretty good~

  32. Duracell3 says:

    Cammy didn’t play too great all night, would have liked to see Markov out there as well.  No worries htough they’ll be better with a bit of rest.

  33. Timo says:

    Eh… it’s entertaining… There aren’t many game anymore where it’s truly gets nasty. Once in a while it’s fun to watch.

  34. Harani says:

    For some reason, never liked the Flames. Don’t like anyone except Iginla. And the Sutter are such losers.

    “It must be love!”

  35. Timo says:

    The whole city really really hates the Sutters and Ken King who keeps on bringing them back. 

  36. Timo says:

    Flames game is going to get nasty. I am sticking around to watch. Loving every minute of it 🙂

  37. Harani says:

    They are an utter mess. It’s pathetic really!

    “It must be love!”

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    At least Kippur got the mercy pull.

    Sutters have to be feeling the heat for the mess they’ve made.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  39. Harani says:

    Want to know how to give up leads? Please go ask the Calgary Flames who are in deep trouble. 5 goals in a row after holding a 2-0 lead agaisnt the Caps today. Blew a 4-1 lead in Edmonton and won in a shootout.

    Lead 3-1 against the Avalanche and 4-3 and lose the game in regulation. 

    Talk about having trouble! Brent Sutter looks like his head is gonna explode. 

    “It must be love!”

  40. Everlasting1 says:

    What a friggin game. The Blues tie it late with McClement scoring a hatter and D’Agostini assisting on two (though I thought he shoulda been credited on the first goal). What a goal by T.J. Oshie on the shootout..simply undressing Pavelec, and Halak shuts the door. Wowza.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  41. Timo says:

    Useless game. Our inept PP lost it – period. Is Martin’s strategy for our PP to just wait and that one day it’s going to magically start producing? Jeezus! Try the pluggers on the powerplay – at least somebody will go to the net. 

    I am so sick of seeing Gionta shooting the pack from 30 feet out with 4 defenders in front of him. GG millionaires continue to be utterly useless. 

    Markov was rusty but ok. I think there will be many heart attacks this season watching Markov-PK pairing 🙂 Overall, team did not look inspired much. And they can’t really blame the fatigue yet, can they? Unless the stripper on the Long Island were super hot and tired this bunch out.


  42. TripleX says:

    Don’t like the pairing of Markov and PK, they are too much alike in that both are offensive.  They both need a partner who is a stay at home guy to watch their backs.  Maybe Markov with Picard or O’Byrne and PK with a guy like Gorges would work better.  Then perhaps Hammer and Gill playing his wrong side and PLEASE BENCH SPAZ.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, because I know you guys can’t live without me doin’ this:

    Prospect Update:

    QMJHL: D Morgan Ellis had an assist but missed in the SO, although his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles still win in the SO over the Gatineau Olympiques.

    OHL: D Jarred Tinordi’s London Knights recored a 6-5 win over the Saginaw Spirits, he was +1 on the evening.

    WHL: RW Brendan Gallagher is back to normal, he has his 16th goal of the season and his VAN Giants are leading the EDM Oil Kings 3-1 in the 3rd period.


    C Dustin Walsh of Dartmouth recorded an assist in a 7-3 loss against Princeton.

    D Mac Bennett has his 3rd assist in 5GP for University of Michigan in a 3-2 win over Ferris State, he is +5 on his season there.

    RW Patrick Johnson had 3A in a 4-1 win for University of Wisconsin over Michigan Tech.

    LW Danny Kristo was held without a point, again in a UND 3-0 loss.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  44. terrygain says:

    I thought the key moment was Markov on the bench when we had the 2 man advantage at the beginning of the 3rd period.  

  45. Bob Dobbs says:

    I don’t think it’s possible to put Spacek in the AHL because of his age or something. Or am I wrong?… (I hope I am)

  46. fbkj says:

    blues win, good for jaro, but he gave up 3 goals

    just like price did

    so was it a team win for the blues or a team loss for the habs?

  47. fbkj says:

    guess you manning up was too much to ask

  48. habs365 says:

    These things happen, some dingbat blaming price already, what do you expect him to win 82 games, he played good enough to win but the team could only score one goal on 41 shots, we’ve seen this for 10-11 games now. this team they play great just don’t score on a regular basis

    as for the panthers they were not any better than the habs, just made better on their shots that’s how hockey goes, you can have 40 shots one game and score 1 goal, the other team has 21 shots and scores 2 goals not a big deal happens all the time. the Habs a doing fine and lets leave it at that…

  49. Seps says:

    you’re giving Price a compliment?  I wouldve never thought…   


    “We’re not winning the Stanley Cup in the first exhibition game” – Carey Price

  50. fbkj says:

    hows halak doin tonight, now that were on the subject of being a troll?

  51. dre1744 says:

    scoring 1 goal didn’t have anything to do with it!!!!!!

  52. MontrealAtheist says:

    Actually, we were beaten by our own goaltender!

  53. Thomas says:

    Just a rough game overall.  The boys must’ve been pretty tired after this past week.

    I agree about Spacek, I don’t think there’s any need to hate on the guy though.  He is trying out there, but I just think he’s running out of gas, the guy’s old.  Hopefully Martin shows him some respect, but puts Picard back in. Spaches still has something left, but it ain’t much.  I don’t think he can’t play every game anymore.

    I still think this Eller kid going to be good, maybe great, but he’s gotta do something soon or else Martin is gonna loose faith.  I hope he can grab  a few more points soon.

  54. SmartieHab says:

    I like our team and for the most part this week each player showed up for most of the games. Hammer needs some time off, way too many turnovers and did a bone head play to lead to the penatly shot. He’s our weak spot on the back end. I’d like to see Obyrne/Picard more frequently and less Hamr/Spack. Although I would take Spacek over Hamr any day of the week.

    As for forwards, I love our bottom 6 guys, they work hard each night and are producing key goals/points – no complaints there. As for the top 6…Yes Gomez is overpaid but watching each game its clear hes skating hard and competing and setting up Gio way too many times with out getting any results. Ug Im getting tired of Gio already… little rat can’t even score on an empty net. REALLY A DENIS WIDEMAN SKATE, that is all he had to get by with ample room and time and he can’t find the back of the net. Note to Martin stop giving Gio PP time, he’s had his chance, he should have to work out of his funk by himself – no more PP time for him. It’s  not like taking him off the PP can do any harm.

    I love the way AK and Plecky are playing, minus AK’s move at the end of the game leading to third goal, but where is cammy? I don’t expect him to score like he was in the playoffs, but he is tied for our worse forward overall (with GIO). Those two are just making awful decisions and struggle to hit the net at all. Sigh. Martin should demote Gio or Cammy one or two games, let them play against a third pair defence squad, it should be a lot easier, and the bottom 6 guys will set em up nicely.

  55. larisalapointe says:

    Don’t feed the trolls please.

  56. fbkj says:

    bunch of comments got deleted

  57. says:

    Nice profile lol!

    Submitted by Chuck on Sat, 10/30/2010 – 17:33.

    What kind of school did you go to where 7+2+1=11?

  58. JoeC says:

    hell even Obryne over Spacrap

  59. adam76 says:

    Picard should be playing over Spacek.

  60. fbkj says:


    this is trolling

    btw mtlatheist, you arent one of us

  61. gloveside says:

    Price played okay. He certainly didn’t cost us the game. Chock one up to Vokoun for stealing a game the Panthers didn’t deserve to win. The Habs were very fast tonight and controlled the puck well. They just couldn’t finish. It happens.

  62. otter649 says:

    Written like a true Montreal Canadien Fan – Not really just an immature troll………

  63. says:

    We were due for a stinker.  So I guess we aren’t going 79-2-1, what a bummer lol 😮

    Submitted by Chuck on Sat, 10/30/2010 – 17:33.

    What kind of school did you go to where 7+2+1=11?

  64. dre1744 says:

    On a side note….  where the hekll is Tim Thomas coming from geez  can anyone score on this guy!!!!!!!!

  65. JoeC says:

    Who here would be happy to see Spacek buried in the AHL and Hammer put on the third pairing? I would be for one.


  66. MTLForever says:

    apparently missed all the huge saves price had

  67. dre1744 says:

    I hope this is a joke!!!!!!!

  68. RC-51 says:

    We got beaten by one of our former goaltenders!

  69. MTLForever says:

    We just always have a bad time with Florida. Doesn’t matter who is on the Habs or who is on the Panthers, we just do. I don’t think that should’ve been a penalty shot, but whatever. Gionta should’ve buried. 

  70. adam76 says:

    Price played well tonight.

  71. JoeC says:

    really? that was sarcasim i hope.

  72. tricolore says:

    The missed opportunities always find a way to ‘bite you in the back side’ in the end, don’t they? Yes Vokoun outplayed Price tonight, but our goalie did make some key saves to keep his team in it for while. No way this is on him.

    Subban, Cammy, Gionta, and Pleks all had major chances with no finishing. Gomy has to start contributing on the scorecard as well. Don’t want this to sound negative, due to this team winning 7 our of its first 10. A loss at home is never expected nor ‘normal’ according to Habs fans is it?

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  73. MontrealAtheist says:

    Price cost us this game, plain and simple … That 3rd goal for the Panthers just looked terrible on him … Whose idea was it anyway to put Price in nets when we have a decent goaltender in Auld?

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