Bobster's notes: Montreal/Florida

Well, if you are a Habs fan, tonight’s game was not good for your life expectancy. In fact, this game was almost as bad as the hideous outing we had against Toronto last weekend.

To a casual fan glancing at the broadcast tonight, it looked like Florida was continually on the power play. Unfortunately, that was not the case as Montreal only took 6 minor penalties. It was simply the Panthers in complete control for the majority of the game.

Who sharpened the Canadiens skates tonight!?! On several occasions guys would fall without anyone touching them. It would not surprise me if Jeffrey Loria had something to do with this!

The game was going so bad that coach Carbonneau started playing BINGO with his lines in the second period. I think Alex Kovalev played with just about every Habs forward tonight.

With Janne Niinimaa out of the lineup, I thought the defence would be stabilized. Guess no one mentioned this to Mark Streit, who probably had his worse game ever in a Habs uniform tonight. Since Francis Bouillon is practicing with the team now, I would be very worried if my name was Mark Streit.

David Aebischer was pulled for the second straight game as Cristobal Huet took over the crease in the 3rd period. It is weird how things change so fast. A couple of weeks ago, it looked like Abby was running away with the number one goaltender spot. Now, he is running away FROM the number one goaltender spot. I would be shocked if Huet did not get the start against the offensive Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.

On the positive side, the 3rd line led by Radek Bonk had an overall solid outing with some pretty good scoring chances. Huet was very solid coming in to the game cold in the 3rd period. Steve Begin worked very hard. Um, well … that’s about it for the positives.

Random points: Sheldon Souray led the team in ice time with 24:07 while Kovalev led all forwards with 19:02. Guillaume Latendresse led the Habs in shots on goal with 5, but before you get your undies in a bunch (like the RDS announcers every time he touches the puck), note that he was also a –3 with only 12:39 of ice time. Mike Komisarek led both teams with 4 hits.

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