Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers: Carey Price, Habs Declaws Panthers

March 4th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens were back to their old tricks yesterday as they took on the Panthers in Florida. The game started with good pace, but the Habs once again fell into bad habits.

Good rhythm to game? Check. Nice early scoring chance? Check. Good jump from your players? Check. Useless early-game penalty that has the potential to destroy any accumulated momentum? Check.

Fortunately for Habs fans, instead of losing momentum off the early penalty, they came roaring right back, intent on reversing that trend. Less than three minutes after the penalty had expired, Hal Gill—yes Hal Gill—fired his first goal of the season and 34th of his career past a screened Tomas Vokoun.

The goal was Gill's first in 100 games, dating back to December 31, 2009.

Andrei Kostitsyn kept his hot streak going when he took a short pass from Travis Moen and rifled it past Vokoun from 30 feet out with no screen. That was enough for Panthers coach Peter DeBoer, who pulled Vokoun in favour of Scott Clemmensen after giving up two goals on three shots.

Sadly for Florida, their fate didn't change with a new keeper in the net, as the Canadiens added two more before the ...

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