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LIVE! Montreal 3, Florida 2 (SO)

CanadiensMONTREAL -- Greetings from old Montreal, one of my favorite cities in all of North America.

Looking forward to conversing with you all tonight.

First off, Panthers made some moves today, 17 players going to Rochester. Will get the names once I speak with JM. Also, the usual suspects are out tonight: Bryan Allen (knee), Wade Belak (shoulder), Bryan McCabe (hip flexor) and Nick Boynton (oblique strain). Also, reason Stephen Weiss hasn't been playing is he's been slowed with a groin problem.

Peter DeBoer says nothing is serious and that he is looking forward to getting home.

Schedule update: No real practice on Tuesday at Incredible Ice. Says the team is getting a mental health day after flying home on Monday. Guys who haven't been playing (list above) will be at II.

-- Today's lineup: Campbell-Horton-Frolik; Peltonen-Matthias-Olesz; Duco-Sprukts-Dvorak; McArdle-Brine-Stewart; Cullimore-Bouwmeester; Ballard-Welch; Skarastins-Murphy; Vokoun/Beckford-Tseu.

Be back in a bit...

-- No television tonight, but radio is up and running. Thanks for the link Steve..

-- Also, edit on the lineup. Dvorak is out, Tanner Glass is in. Dvorak is one of many banged up Panthers. Others on that list (all groin-type issues): Zednik, Booth, Stillman. JM says he's looking at perhaps changing Florida's training camp schedule, meaning more practice, less games. After six games in six nights, I'm cool with that...

-- The cuts (more coming after game): D Peter Aston, D Luke Beaverson, RW Brady Calla, D Michael Caruso, RW Dan Collins, D James DeLory, D Keaton Ellerby, D Rory Fitzpatrick, D Jason Garrison, D Jordan Henry, C Drew Larman, D Frankin MacDonald, F Steve MacIntyre, C Stefan Meyer, G Tyler Plante, G David Shantz and F Andrew Sweetland.

Fitzpatrick, Larman, MacIntyre and Meyer have to clear waivers first.

JM had a lot of praise for Ellerby ("he's a much different player than he was last year"), Caruso (who played last night in PEI) and Garrison. Rochester training camp begins Tuesday.

Uecker --Congrats to CC and the Milwaukee Brewers for clinching the NL Wild Card after the Marlins ended the Mets' season once more. Glad I get to hear old Harry Doyle call some postseason radio action.

-- Good crowd filing in here in Montreal, great place to watch hockey. Even in the preseason.

GAME ON

ANTHONY STEWART PUTS FLORIDA AHEAD, CHARGING IN ON CAREY PRICE, A SWEET SLAPPER THAT BEAT CAREY GLOVESIDE..FLA 1, MON 0

--Panthers about to go on the power play, 0-for-25 so far this preseason...Alex Kovalev in for hooking @ 4:14...

--Stewart now leading goal scorer for FLA this preseason. No one else has more than one. Stewie has two...

--Now FLA's turn to penalty kill @ 6:57...Tanner Glass in the bin...

--Penalty over, Vokoun just makes a terrific save on loose puck...then Jay and Tanner take on a couple of guys...fun stuff...still 1-0...

--Whale: It should be a little concern, although they have been getting a lot more chances...wait and see what happens when the true PP units get together next week against the Islanders...

Shawn: My bad; I typed in Anderson by mistake. He played last night. Talked to Chris B-T on way in tonight, he's expecting Vokoun to get the whole brunt of things.

-- Killing another...Matthias into the box at 11:55

--Another penalty; this one on Ballard...have liked his game tonight though...

--Cats off hook...Gregory Stewart takes holding stick penalty at 17:25; Panthers will have a shortened PP chance to follow.

--Well, well...Panthers up 4-on-3 next five seconds, then 5-n-3 for 1:20...

-- Take back what I said about PP getting chances...that 5-on-3 was putrid...terrible passing, awful execution...only shot taken was by short-handed Montreal...have to be better in situations like that...just fundamentals....it's 5-on-3, you have to create something...they didn't there though...

Anyway, END OF ONE IN MONTREAL....FLA 1, EXPOS 0

-- And I swore I wouldn't make any Expos references today. Oh well.

-- Players are back on the ice, I finished my famous Canadiens hot dog so we're ready to start Period No. 2

-- 0-for-3 on PP tonight....

--Add Brett McLean to the list of injured...omitted him earlier...

-- Shots even @ 11. Pretty good game. Panthers are playing in the Montreal zone a lot, not too many big scoring chances for the Habs.

-- Although there was one @ 2:33

--Panthers get a chance to go 0-for-4 on PP...Ryan O'Byrne in @ 3:02

-- Soup almost ended the streak; nice save on a rebound by Price...

NATE HORTON DOES IT! NICE SHOT FROM THE LEFT SIDE ON A REBOUND....4:23 INTO THE SECOND..THE PP STREAK IS OVER...

-- Nate to the box @ 6:53...

-- David Brine is doing another nice job of clearing the puck..good determination...

-- Great job by Matthias (actually might have been Sprukts), finds Horton coming out of the box...Horton 1-on-1, draws the penalty shot @ 9:03...Horton blocked by Price, place erupts...you would have thought the Habs just won the Cup...

--Another Panther to the box; this time it's Cullimore @ 10:33

MONTREAL MAKES IT 2-1; ANDREI KOSTITSYN KNOCKS IN LOOSE PUCK WITH VOKOUN DOWN ON ICE...ITS 2-1 WITH 9 MINUTES LEFT IN SECOND...

-- Stewart sticks up for Duco, takes on Francis Bouillon...Settle down, Francis...

-- Habs on the PP, looks like Stewart is out, gets an instigator and a misconduct...

SCORE TIED, YANNICK WEBER TIES IT UP ON THE PP @ 14:22...IT'S 2-2

-- They just played 'American Woman' when showing replay of Repik getting checked into the boards...classy...

-- Nate mixes it up in the final seconds of the second; 'Kung-Fu Fighting' the music of choice...

END OF TWO IN MONTREAL, PANTHERS-CANADIENS TIED AT 2...

--Keith Ballard now getting into the fighting...

-- Update: 14 minutes left, still tied at 2...

-- Anthony Stewart back...

-- Cats on the PP with 5:41 left...it's for four minutes, so Cats have a nice chance right here...

-- FYI: Official score sheet has Horton's goal as even strength, so if you see that in paper tomorrow, it's wrong...it was on the PP..

--That's that...with 48 seconds left in PP, Campbell goes in for high sticking...so even for 48, Habs then on PP...2:27 left..

-- Going into OT, I'm going downstairs to watch...be back in a while..

-- OK, Panthers survive a Noah Welch penalty in OT, we're now going to a shootout...third SO for the Panthers in six preseason game...they are 1-1...

--Horton, Frolik and Peltonen all stopped; on third Montreal shot, Alex Kovalev wins it...so, Panthers end up winning two of their six preseason game, getting points in four of them.

Anywho, next post here will probably be from Charlotte International. Will be home soon, and I cannot wait.

So, from beautiful Montreal, good night everyone!

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any TV coverage of the game up there?

radio?

Thanks for the radio link, Is the game on TV up there?

Wish I were there George, ive seen many a game at Centre Bell. Have a smoked meat sandwich for me...!

1-0 Baby! Stewart...geez...

George, what happened to Anderson? You had him in the lineup along with TVo, nowe it's Beckford-Tseu. Any trouble there or just standard stuff, given Andy played last night?

George`, preseason or not. 0-25 is a BIG problem for a team that is supposed to have a great PP this season..you agree?

On a related note, Beckford-Tseu (we've GOT to shorten that up...CBT, perhaps?) seems to have locked up the starter's role at the Roch. Are we back to square one with Shantz/Plante? Neither has really astounded anyone in their time with the organization. Not to mention we're just presumably biding time until Markstrom comes along in a few years.

Whale: It should be a little concern, although they have been getting a lot more chances...wait and see what happens when the true PP units get together next week against the Islanders...

Shawn: My bad; I typed in Anderson by mistake. He played last night. Talked to Chris B-T on way in tonight, he's expecting Vokoun to get the whole brunt of things.

George, I like Stewart. You think he'll make the roster this season?

If JM has the decision - and technically he doesn't - then Stewie makes it.

This is DeBoer's club; he's got no previous love for anyone, other than the guys he's got a history with, ie Weiss, Campbell, et al.

Stewie goes to Rochester. Not gonna use a forward spot on him when Frolik, Matthias, and possibly Repik are on the fence.

GR...love the comments on the PP. We need that kind of honesty. Can't imagine PeDe will stand for it without calling out players, whereas JM always had a scapegoat.

Not much question what the boys will be working on come Wednesday. And Thursday. And Friday, etc.

Can this team ever stay healthy. It seems year after year there are too many players out with injuries.

Cliff...I've thought about this too. Could it have something to do with the training staff? Always the same story. What's their part in all of this? How is it that one team can consistently lose so many games - year after year - to injury? Training regimen? Perhaps. Coaching? Maybe, but that has been remedied (hopefully).

That Penalty Shot audio was kinda scary

I would blame Andy O'Brien. He is the strenghth and conditioning coach who I think is doing a lousy job of keeping these guys loose. I do not believe he is giving them the proper excercises. It seems to me it is mostly groin injuries. I think JM bought him here from Ottawa. He needs to be fired. If this keeps up we will ahve NO chance at the playoffs.

We're well beyond a coincidence, here, with the injuries. This pattern has been established for a long while. Don't want to beat up on anyone - and O'Brien has been hailed as a fine coach over the years - but there's too much evidence that his methods may not be working. Duh.

Ballard's been active, at least from my aspect

Price is turning out to be the right choice, given himself or Huet...

Who goes in the SO...if it comes? Horts, Ballard, Matts, Frolik, Pelts.

kovalov scores game over

I read somewhere that the panthers were the only team in the nhl last year to have zero man games lost to a groin injury, whereas the league avg was 40 man games lost to groin problems...it seems like the injuries they had were not muscle injuries but contact injuries. Probably not caued by o'brien's training regimen but a case of injury prone players like Mezei, Allen, Bertuzzi, Welch, and Roberts

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