FLA - PP - T. Kopecky (1)
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MTL - T. Plekanec (1), PP - A. Markov (1) PP - A. Markov (2), A. Galchenyuk (1)
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MONTREAL (NHL.com) — Alex Galchenyuk and the Montreal Canadiens are on the board.
Galchenyuk scored his first NHL goal and defenseman Andrei Markov scored a pair to lead the Canadiens to their first win of the season Tuesday, a 4-1 decision against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre..
| || "We had flashes of energy, drive and battle. We're facing some adversity right off the bat. This was a rebound game for us. We have to start better." |
- Forward Scottie Upshall to the Miami Herald.
| 1. Striking Early: After the game they had Monday night against Ottawa, the Panthers needed a good start in Tuesday's game against Montreal. With the way they played against the Habs last year (sweeping the season series) one would have thought they had some confidence heading into the Bell Centre but the Habs fed off the crowd early and made the place erupt just 3:26 into the game. Center Tomas Plekanec took a feed from Brian Gionta on the rush and buried it past Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen for the early lead that the Panthers were dreading. A hostile environment was not something they wanted to deal with early but that's exactly what happened. |
2. Power Outage: Montreal made it a 2-0 lead as Andrei Markov scored on a 5-on-3 advantage with 6:36 remaining in the opening period and the blueliner scored on another power play to add insurance but the Panthers power play units who had lit up Carolina for three goals on six opportunities had their chances against Montreal as the home team gave them every opportunity to get back into the game. The Habs were whistled for 10 penalties, giving the guests a total of eight power plays on the night. Despite getting 15:29 of power play time, including over a minute and a half of 5-on-3 time, Florida could only get one power play out of the deal when Tomas Kopecky one-timed a shot past Carey Price. The Panthers had a grand total of 11 shots while on the man advantage, equating to 1.375 shots a man advantage. Montreal on the other hand recorded 12 shots (two goals) on their six opportunities.
3. Power Outage Part II: After posting five games to open the season in high fashion, the Panthers offense has been non existent in their two games north of the border, combining for just Kopecky's power play goal over that span. The Panthers have posted 59 shots over that span but a lot of them have been from the point with little traffic in front or have been pretty much one and dones where the goalie either covers up or the opposition's defensemen and forwards have cleared the puck.
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Memorable twitter posts from the game.
@keyacq: rough road trip, home ice will hopefully bring back the goals
@creiff34: 1 for 8 on the PP. 1 for 11 the past two nights. And you expect to win? Come on
@RA_Delacruz: The @FlaPanthers need to find their rhythm...they were horrible in both games in Canada.
@sjolss: #flapanthers it's alright boys, we'll get them #habs next time ! #truefan
@sonbeek: The @FlaPanthers needs to play every game like it's a playoff game...... They aren't doing that.....sloppy play
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Memorable fan posts from the game.
Chris Corradino: The last two nights have been horrendous.
Albert Catano: GRRR where is the offense!!
Jon Asher: It's tough to bounce back when you have a game the next day. Dineen's got this. The extra day off will do wonders. Panthers will rebound against the Sens, and have new inspiration. Mark my words.
Joshua Benchimol: Come on cats better win Thursday at home!!!!
Matthew Eisenberg: 8 power plays, including a 5-minute major and an extended 5-on-3. And we scored one goal. That is pathetic.
1. Forward Drew Shore was called up on Monday and played in his first NHL game Tuesday night. In his first pro season after playing for the University of Denver, Shore finished with two shots on 9:28 of ice time.
1. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen had great success against the Habs over his career, going 6-0-0 against them with a 1.68 GAA entering the game. The 4-1 defeat put a blemish on his perfect record however despite finishing with 29 saves.
2. For the second game in a row, the Panthers allowed a multi-goal scorer. On Monday night it was Ottawa forward Kyle Turris. Tuesday night, it was a defenseman as Andrei Markov recorded two power play goals for the Canadiens.
4. Winger Tomas Fleischmann picked up two minors on the night, with both coming in the third period. The four PIM matched a career high, a feat he has accomplished five times now.
8. In a penalty-filled game, the Panthers found themselves on the power play for eight opportunities and 15:29 of game time. They were only able to convert on one of those however as Tomas Kopecky scored the lone Panthers goal of the night.
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His big blasts from the back end gave the Canadiens two goal advantages on two different occasions which was huge.
|Andrei Markov |
2 Goals, 2 Points, 4 Shots, 23:06 TOI
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| Florida looks to find it's offense on the friendly confines of home ice as they are home for two games. After only finding the net once in two games combined on the road, the Panthers will look to follow up on their five goal performance from opening night against Carolina. The Panthers host Ottawa in a rematch of Monday's game (a 4-0 victory for the Sens) on Thursday and then will play Saturday night against Philadelphia. |