Game 38: Canadiens complete Florida sweep

Canadiens’ Michael Ryder celebrates his fourth goal of the season, crowded by Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun and defenceman Ruslan Salei.
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To paraphrase the legendary Montreal-native poet and singer Leonard Cohen: First we take Florida, then we take Manhattan.

The Canadiens completed a two-night, two-game sweep of the Sunshine State tonight, routing the Florida Panthers 5-1 after having beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Thursday.

Now, it’s on to New York, where the Habs will take on the Rangers Sunday at Madison Square Garden for the final match of their six-game road trip, with the hope of running their post-Christmas winning streak to three.
And a varied scoresheet it was tonight: the Canadiens had goals from Guillaume Latendresse, his 11th; Michael Ryder – yes, that Michael Ryder – with his fourth; and Christopher Higgins, his 16th, all by the time the game was 5:03 old.

Tom Kostopoulos added his third of the season midway through the second on a nifty backhand.

Finally, on their 35th shot of the night, Panthers captain Olli Jokinen found the mark at 10:21 of the final period. before Mark Streit rounded out the scoring on the power play, Montreal’s sole man-advantage goal, at 16:57. It was Streit’s sixth of the year.

The Habs were roundly outshot, 41-21. Through the first two periods they managed just 12 shots on Vokoun and backup Craig Anderson, who were rotated in and out by Florida coach Jacques Martin, while Cristobal Huet blocked all 26 thrown Montreal’s way over the first 40 minutes.


  1. sadave says:

    Perezhogin is playing this week at the Spengler Cup in Davos, CH – his team is HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa, the Russian team (Others are Czechs, Germans, and the host-team, Swiss). Perezhogin’s team is the favourite, but hopefully, Team Canada can say a thing or two about that. Team Canada is 2-0 so far; so are the Russians. Cujo plays in goal for the good guys . . .

    Several former NHL types on the various rosters . . . Alex Daigle plays for the host team. Well, he’s on their roster, I mean!

    Here’s a link to the website:

  2. HabsInBlood says:

    Do you have to use SopCast live? Or can you watch at a later time?

  3. showey47 says:

    yeah we own his rights till 2011 when he would qualify as a ufa. Perezogin is having alot of success in the russian super league and is making big dollars there (approx. equivilant of 3 million u.s.).

  4. Blitzen says:

    channelsurfing seems to have the games. They had one for today, at noon.

  5. hockeydevil says:

    I think someone will pick him up… Maybe Pittsburg

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  6. hhl says:

    he’ll be asking for 4 to 6 mil a year. higgi an komi need signing as well as others.dont see that happening.

  7. hockeydevil says:

    I think there are other ways but they cost $$$$$

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  8. The Teacher says:

    A bum rap?

    He did well for us, was asking too much, so time to move on.

    We got a very good player in return who is dependable and intelligent on the ice, and who also satisfies what we were lacking.

    Life does go on 🙂

  9. ebk says:

    defensively I’m happier with Hamrlik. Souray gets a bit of a bum rap on here sometimes but people are entitled to their opinions

  10. jimbo says:

    You can with a free to air sat

  11. Rocket Richard says:

    (ok, I will leave this blank for the sake of everyone else.)

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  12. krob1000 says:

    you got any sources for the world juniors (tsn is blocked out here at work). Anymore of these type of sites??

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