Montreal-Florida: Streaking Habs Move Into Sixth With Win Over Panthers

February 3rd, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
One night after defeating the Washington Capitals in a shootout, the Montreal Canadiens were back in the friendly climes of the Bell Centre to take on the Florida Panthers.

Montreal arrived home with the snowstorm of the year descending on the northeastern part of North America and while the conditions were stormy outside, they were decidedly quiet in the building.

Well, quiet is probably not the right word, but more boring.

This sleeper of a game featured a clash between Jacques Martin and Peter DeBoer's defense first systems. As such, there wasn't a lot of room to skate and for long stretches the game put fans and players alike, to sleep.

The Panthers got on the board first when Scott Timmins put the puck past Habs goalie, Alex Auld, 7:30 into the game. Aside from that goal, there wasn't much going on in the first period as both teams completely shut down the neutral zone, slowing the pace to a crawl.

Jeff Halpern got Montreal back in the game 4:50 into the second period when he deflected a P.K. Subban slapper past Tomas Vokoun, knotting the game at one.

For a second night in a row, the Habs' top line of Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and M ...

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