Theodore shines for Panthers in fantasy win over Habs

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Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t. Here’s how things might have looked in Friday night’s game between the Canadiens and Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center.

PAT HICKEY
THE GAZETTE

SUNRISE, Fla. - Jose Theodore says there’s no added thrill in beating his former team.

“I’m a Montreal guy and I had some good years with the Canadiens, but it’s not like there’s anybody that was on the team when I played there,” Theodore said Friday night after making 23 saves to lead the Florida Panthers to a 1-0 victory over the Canadiens.

Theodore became the second former Montreal goalie to beat the Canadiens in as many nights. Mathieu Garon was the winner Thursday as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged Montreal 4-3 in overtime.

“The important thing for me was to get the win” said the 36-year-old Theodore, who last played for the Canadiens in 2006. “We started to turn things around last season and we’re thinking like a playoff team.”

Theodore said the busy holiday schedule seemed to catch up to the Canadiens.

“I remember from my time there that the trips before and after Christmas were always tough because you were away for a long time and the holidays were a distraction,” Theodore said.

The Canadiens, who dropped to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, have a 2-2-1 record on the road trip that ends in Carolina on New Year’s Eve. 

Stephen Weiss scored the game’s only goal at 1:31 of the opening period. Carey Price, who made 33 saves, made a stop on Tomas Fleischmann, but he left a rebound and George Parros pushed it to Weiss.

“We have to generate some more offence,” head coach Michel Therrien said. “I think that’s the third time this season that we’ve held the opponent to one goal and lost the game. We played well defensively, but there was no jump on offence.”

The Canadiens will get a chance to recharge their batteries Saturday. They have a free day on the beach in Fort Lauderdale and can sleep in Sunday before taking a mid-day flight to Carolina, where they will practice Sunday afternoon.

The Canadiens will be back at the Bell Centre on Jan. 3 when they play the New Jersey Devils.      

phickey@montrealgazette.com

(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

15 Comments

  1. They Call Me Shane
    “They never asked to be Canadiens, they were Chosen.”
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  2. They Call Me Shane
    “They never asked to be Canadiens, they were Chosen.”
    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures

  3. They Call Me Shane
    “They never asked to be Canadiens, they were Chosen.”
    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures

  4. They Call Me Shane
    “They never asked to be Canadiens, they were Chosen.”
    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures

  5. Boomer says:

    I got nothing against Subban but I would of liked to see Binnington get the GO this game. If he’s lights out, you’ve got your answer for the goaltending question.

  6. Boomer says:

    I missed the wjc game this morning but am watching the replay on tsn now. I hope Canada works on keeping the PP simple. they seem to be trying to force the play there. They did the same against the Germans yesterday… Such Firepower though. On both waves. Hopefully it works out.

  7. Mike D says:

    Fantasy Theodore says no players on the Habs now were there back when he played for the team. It seems Fantasy Jose doesn’t remember Pleks, Markov, or Bouillon. And if I remember correctly, that was also about the time he forgot how to stop a puck. ;-)

    - Honestly yours
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  8. commandant says:

    Here’s the hit that was so discussed in the last thread.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAqBskjxA7c

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    • Boomer says:

      (I know you know Comm.)
      I hate to be the bearer of bad news ladies n Gents, but for those who don’t know… There’s a future Bruin…

    • Hansen Hobie says:

      No suspension, there you have it!

      The part that bothered me is that there was even a penalty. Two minutes for feeling sorry for the Slovak would have been acceptable, but 5 and the shower was a joke! There are injuries in a contact sport people, get over it!

  9. Exit716 says:

    I remember last year the Panthers president Michael Yormark went on Twitter saying Florida fans were pissed off with all the Habs fans showing up at their rink on New Year’s Eve and that last year’s NYE with the Habs would be the last. The fact that a struggling team at the box office like the Panthers would crap on thousands of visiting fans that actually pay money for their tickets is one reason that I wish six teams would just vanish after this lockout.

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