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Fly on the Wall - Oct. 20, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL --Here’s what the Panthers were saying after getting a full serving of Jaroslav Halak in a 3-1 Canadiens win at the Bell Centre on Monday night.

DeBoer’s looking to catch a break

Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer may not have been satisfied with the end result but he still gave his team an “A” for effort in the loss to the streaking Canadiens. 

“They’re one of the best teams in the conference and in the league and we played them on the road.  I thought that we worked hard and generated as many chances as they did.  They got a lucky break in the third and we didn’t get the same breaks, but that’s the game.  Good teams find a way to win games like that.”

“This is a tough building to play in and a tough team to play against and I thought we hung right in there with it. Halak made a lot of good saves, though.  You gotta give him credit.”

Homecoming for Vokoun?

After being drafted by the Canadiens 226th overall in 1994, Tomas Vokoun played a career total of 20 minutes between the pipes for the Habs 12 years ago.  Even after a tough loss, the Czech netminder still seems to have a soft spot for his former team and its fans. 

“You always want to win, but it’s a learning process.  It’s fun to play them, especially in Montreal with a sold out building and everything.  As a player, that’s where you want to play, you want to have a great atmosphere and there’s always one here.”

Everybody loves Halak

Ballard may have spoiled Jaroslav Halak’s shutout bid early in the third period, but he was still singing the praises of Montreal’s young goaltender, who was also the game’s first star. 

“He played really well; hats off to him.  They’re a really skilled team.  That’s one of the best teams in the NHL, but we outbattled them and just didn’t come out with the win.  He stole the game for them.”

Shauna Denis is a writer for

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