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Latendresse, Begin out, Murray gets first start as Canadiens face Panthers

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MONTREAL - Wingers Steve Begin and Guillaume Latendresse will sit out as healthy scratches when the Montreal Canadiens play the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

In their place, centre Mikhail Grabovski and winger Garth Murray will see action. "I want energy," said coach Guy Carbonneau. "We were missing that the other day against Carolina and we're trying to bring that energy back."

Grabovsky played in the Canadiens first two games of the regular season, but then sat out the next two. Murray will play for the first time this season.

Carbonneau made the moves after his team was outskated for two periods in a 3-1 loss to Carolina at home on Saturday night.

Begin has one assist in four games this season, while Latendresse is without a point and had only two shots on goal in four games.

Carbonneau said the moves were made possible by the team's depth at forward, something it has lacked in recent seasons.

"For once in a long, long time we have guys that can play and replace players and produce," he said. "I don't want to disrespect anyone, but I don't think that was the case (before).

"I don't think a lot of the guys were scared in the lineup. Now we have extra players and we're going to use them.

"If they take it as a message, that's good," he added.

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