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Welcome to Centre Bell South ... Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers ... It's a GameNight in Sunrise, Quebec ... Jassen Cullimore Plays ... Welcome Back the Goldie Report

QuebecSUNRISE, Quebec -- Our little town on the outskirts of Miami and on the fringes of the Everglades has been overtaken by visitors from the north as the Montreal Canadiens and their legions of blue-wihite-and-red (Le Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge) clad fans have filled the Big Billboard to its rafters.

Traffic getting into the arena is a mess right now, and it wasn't a Sunday drive through the country when I came in around 6. Almost got into three accidents inside arena property, with two drivers apparently thinking we drive on the left side of the road here in Broward County.

Yo, folks, you ain't supposed to cross that yellow line.

Anyway, Jassen Cullimore is in tonight, making his return from a hand injury. Which means Noah Welch is out.

Plan to be checking in tonight, including the world-famous (and On Frozen Pond exclusive) Goldie Report during the intermissions.

Enjoy Jacques 'Martin' Lemaire. And Kerry Fraser's Hair. Great band, bad helmet.

Frankforte -- Frank Forte is up here in the press box. Frank, your take on tonight's game?

''It feels like a road game, doesn't it?''

Poutine Yes indeed.

''But at least there's a great atmosphere here.''

Right on both points.

-- The chant of the night: Go Habssscats Go...Go Habssscats Go...

-- Great shot by Michael Frolik, although his goal should have been stopped I'm thinking. Have to guess Carey Price figured Frolik was going to pass off to Brett McLean. Only he didn't. 1-0 Floride.

-- Panthers are getting a lot of 5-on-3 practice. Two on Saturday, one (at least) tonight....

-- And we're tied...Alex Kovalev scores with 19 seconds left on the Anthony Stewart/too many men on the ice penalty...

-- Packed house, about to go on the power play...how do they try and get everyone fired up? A car commercial, followed by a swim with the dolphins ad...typical...then, the worst kiss cam in the NHL...I see hot couples walking around this arena all the time. How come the camera folks here never find them?

Didn't mean you and the missus Van Murph...

-- You can tell there's a lot of Montreal fans here. David Booth just had the puck and the crowd booed him. Didn't think that was very nice...


-- And now, the Goldie Report with Steve Goldstein:

Goldie_2 ''I thought there was a real nice recovery after a sluggish start. After the first four minutes, the Panthers clearly had the advantage and kept the puck in the Montreal zone. Michael Frolik, again tonight, proves he is the most skilled Panther. And, he's their best goal scorer. That fake -- and then the shot -- was a thing of beauty.

''But, the Panthers gave the goal back with a couple of lax penalties. Including a bench minor when Anthony Stewart jumped on the ice too quickly. Anderson was strong but couldn't stop them on a 5-on-3. Panthers have been impressive in the faceoff circle, going 17 for 28 without Kreps in there. That's huge. The key is to keep playing hard to keep all these Montreal fans quiet.''

-- Not only does Panthers power play look awful, they can't stop a short-handed Montreal team. Tomas Plekanec picks off the puck, rushes Anderson and scores top-shelf...Montreal up 2-1...

-- Heck of a power play chance...don't get a shot, give up a goal and then take a penalty...

--Booth picks off a pass and scores....then Stewart loses his fight to Steve Begin....Panthers tie 'er up @ 2...

-- Miami Hurricanes fire offensive coordinator Patrick Nix tonight. Wonder if Rob Chudzinski wants to come home?


And now, Round 2 of the Goldie Report:

''Some mental breakdowns really cost the Panthers in the second. Poor coverage in their zone on the go-ahead goal and allowing a shorthanded goal while not scoring on a 5-on-3. Panthers need to play with more desperation in the third and not allow Montreal to come through the neutral zone with speed. That's happened way too much tonight.

Goldie2 ''I also hope to see more of Michael Frolik in the third third period, perhaps with Stephen Weiss and David Booth. The team needs a goal in the third, and Frolik has a goal. Frolik and Booth together can put the most pressure on a goalie, so why not try it? What else can you say about Booth? He has 15 goals, by far leading the team. He always plays a hard game and is one guy you never have to worry about.

''Big props to Weiss and Gregory Campbell. They are cleaning up in the faceoff circle tonight. Doing a great job man.''

Peelstreet -- From FSN's Mitch Rubenstein: ''This crowd is so Montreal, I'm ready to hit the Peel Street Pub after the game.''

-- Anderson just gives up goal number 4 (after Nick Boynton gives up the puck) and Tomas Vokoun is now in...

--OK, show's over. No Goldie, no win. Time to go home.

Next time we chat, I'll be in New York -- the Windy City.

Drive carefully everyone!


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Why is a sold out Home game not on TV? They knew it would sell out, the Habs always do!!!!

I have to watch the game in French!!! Yuck!

Many poor decisions lead to far too many turnovers....Wasted power play opportunities--does Horton really think he's going to score from wristers just inside the blue line--way to ruin the power play that lead to the short-handed goal....Hope we weren't showcasing him for a trade tonight, because we won't get much in return....Actually get what you can get, and let's get a replacement that wants to actually play--not just collect a check!!!

horton for weight and anyone else...in fact, horton for anyone else...im sick of paying money to watch him play!!!! its no coincidence our record turned south when he returned....

Our goalies are falling apart now.We were better off without Horton and Stillman.Both Boyton and McCabe are slow as molasses and I cant imagine when Bouw leaves(and he will for sure now).We are back to the old Panthers-when we played the kids Glass,Matthias, etc the team played with spirit.I really do not think we will finish above .500 now and you can forget about the playoffs.Not enough talent here and we win only when the goalies play way over their heads.We have to have the worst power play in the league.I thought for a few weeks things had changed here but not now.Ditch Horton for sure as he is totally useless to me.This bunch will never win with Horton or Stillman for that matter.

Wrong about Stewart losing the fight to Begin he clocked him good enough Begin had to have an ice bag on his face! I didn't see Stewart needing anything!
This team plays better with Tanner Glass and Matthias. Since Horton and Stillman are back the team seems disoriented. There was chemistry and a lot of checking. Stewart, Glass, Tarnosky, Matthias, Ripek, along with the other guys, they played more like a team. Somehow Horton and Stillman don't fit in. The first 20 games we tried it with them with very little success. Yet when we put the AHL guys and Stewart in there we rocked. Of course Andy was on his game except for the last road game in Vancouver. With Horton and Stillman I feel were trying to put a round peg in a square hole. Horton can't control the puck and has to have a perfect set up to shoot, Stillman tries to make plays in the middle which often get broken up and he's slow to react.
Our slow defense was very evident, why he puts two slow guys paired out there doesn't make sense, better to have one guy who can skate? We're doomed if the same guys are out there. Not playing like a team and slow defense and recently the goaltending is poor. It was a nice run wasn't it?

Speaking of typical, one of the best players in the history of the organization was in the stands, you would think the organization would at least show him on the camera so he could get a well deserved ovation (the player was the one and only the Beezer).

Have to agree with the other posts the chemestry that was developing has ended with the return of Horton.

Boynton's quote says all you need to here: "We have some guys playing their hearts out and some guys who aren't.''

I watched number 16 in warm ups and it looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the ice.

After the Colorado game I thought his attitude might turn around as he was actually in the slot redirecting shots. It was the best game for Horton in a long time.

I guess I was wrong as I felt this team had turned the corner but clearly we have players only interested in collecting a paycheck and not interested in doing what it takes to win in this league.

The only players on this team that I would not make available are Booth, Fralik and Ballard.

Martin needs to get what he can for Horton and if it is clear that we cannot sign Bouwmeester then he needs to trade him as soon as possible.

This organization would be better off getting into the lottery then just making the playoffs.

The World Juniors are going on now and I was wondering, do the Panthers have any prospects playing there. They were talking about all the prospects that Nashville has there.

season ticket holder, our 1st pick 31st overall in the '08 draft, Jakob Markstrom is Sweden's top netminder for the World Juniors. He has looked stellar and is the main reason why his team Brynas back home is on of the top in the league. This kid is said to have shown glimpses of being better than King Henrik. I am excited to see this kid come over. in the next few years.

Horton scored the other night and his teammates turned their back on him except
Weiss. The deal they made with Phoenix prbably could have been made for Horton instead of Olli. wnder how that would look here today.

weight for Horton is not enough sorry. do we always have to be the despaerate team. that's what the rest of the league already knows anyway.

throw mccabe under the bus? last week everyone loved the guy. sad. is he a star? no..just fairly solid, what more do you want. sure he's overpaid, except for booth and anderson..who isn't? frolik? he jsut got here...like I said, cry about the crowd all you want, my ticket pack didn't have last nights game in it. know why? because mr cohen doesn't really care who fills the stands, as long as the person filling them is swiping a debit card, and not going in with a ticket already in the package. or a ticket picked up at a local retailer. cohen made the most money last night, that's all that matters

You gotta be happy for the organisation . Its probably the first time they actually made money with a game. These french canadian are die hard fans and they all paid for their tickets. . . full price. and they know how to pound a few. So good day money wise for the cats . Now to hockey . no16 is absolutely garbage. Horton is disinterested and we need to pull the trigger on him bouw and maybe Zednik for scorers and maybe a decent defencemen. Garbage garbage garbage. . . I am a die hard Panther fan. . . been watching the team ever they came into the nhl in 1993 but damn i am tired of being the joke of this league. Yes we turned a couple of heads when we won a couple in a row but it dosent mean crap if we miss the post season again.

everyone wants to trade horton.i really dont see trading horton and getting weight (way to old)for him.horton is 23 and there is alot of perssure on the kid.i see flashes where is is awsome(like the deke he did in the tampa game)he just dosent finish.gotta remeber horton was rushed he was playing at what 18 he should have been in the minors for two years.trade bowu but i would keep horton just my opionon

the problem with Horton is that he is disinterested and lazy. yes he shows a flash here or there but that is too few and too far between.

I don't think you get an older player for him as this team is still a few years away from competing for a championship. this team is at best a 7th or 8th seed and that will get us eliminated early.

Montreal showed that we are nowhere near as good as they are. It is clear that some of the new players are tired of those not carrying their weight, see Boynton's comments.

The lack of effort has been going on for years and that is the frustrating part.

Before trading Horton, why not send him a message with a few games (say 5 to 10) in Rochester, or better yet... Estero with the Everblades? Then after that, if he's still playing the same lazy game... trade him away.

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