MONTREAL – After winning four-games in five nights, Tomas Vokoun and the Florida Panthers finally put a stop to the streaking Montreal Canadiens in their Saturday night matchup at the Bell Centre.
The tone in the dressing room after the game was somber as every player present realized that while all good things eventually come to an end, this was a game where winning was within reach.
“We have to be better, there’s no secret there. There isn’t really one specific reason – we just weren’t as good or as alert as we needed to be to get the results that we wanted,” said Cammalleri who had a golden scoring opportunity of his own when he was left to challenge Vokoun on a breakaway.
“The opportunity is there to win every game we play. We would have liked to have taken advantage of the fact that it was a Saturday night game, at home and used that to get another two points,” continued Cammalleri. “When we’re winning, the expectations we put on ourselves get higher and it’s always disappointing to have a night like this.”
Canadiens’ star-defensemen Andrei Markov
, having played in his first game back after undergoing knee surgery in the off-season, chose to take a glass-half-full approach to his performance in the night’s loss.
“It’s never easy coming back like I did tonight. The first period was tough for me, but I felt like I kept getting better in the second and third the more I played.”
After being used for over 23 minutes in the game, Markov took the opportunity to weigh in on his teams’ troubles with the man-advantage.
“We obviously need to be doing better on the power-play,” admitted Markov. “Scoring a few goals there would be a huge step forward for the team at this point – it would really make all the difference.”
Despite the disappointing loss, head-coach Jacques Martin made it clear that while certain pieces still need to fall into place for his squad, he remains satisfied of his team’s performance over the last week.
“There are still some adjustments we have to make. But I think the key is to still stay positive. Our goal this week was to take away six out of a possible eight points and we did. We’ll make the adjustments we have to on Monday and be ready for Columbus on Tuesday.”Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.SEE ALSOGame recapGame highlightsBoxscore3 starsNumbers Game