NHL Game Summary - Florida at Montreal|
(Tuesday, February 13th)
Final Score: Florida 1, Montreal 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ed Belfour made 29 saves to post his first
shutout of the season as the Florida Panthers blanked the Montreal Canadiens,
1-0, at Bell Centre.
Jay Bouwmeester notched the lone goal of the contest for the Panthers, who
have won two in a row following a three-game skid.
Belfour's shutout was his first as a Panther and the 76th of his career, which
tied him with Hall-of-Famer Tony Esposito for eighth place on the all-time
"It was a huge win, and definitely an honor to be beside Tony, one of
my heroes," Belfour said. "I wondered when the next one would come. I've had
success with shutouts and you're always striving. I had 10 three seasons ago,
but we have to keep playing as a team."
Cristobal Huet stopped 24-of-25 shots for the Canadiens, losers in four
straight and six of their last seven games.
Following a scoreless first period, the Panthers tallied with 3:44 to play
in the second, as Bouwmeester took a pass from Olli Jokinen, wound up and
fired a bullet past Huet.
Late in the third, Montreal worked with a two-man advantage and failed to hit
anything except the left post on a Sheldon Souray blast from the point. Huet
was pulled for an extra attacker with just over one minute to play, but
Belfour stoned a 20-foot turnaround shot by Guillaume Latendresse, then kept
out two more chances while sliding on his back in the crease to preserve the
"It's been tough the last couple of weeks," said Canadiens captain Saku Koivu.
"Believe me, we're really trying to ride it through and find ways to get two
points. It's frustrating for the fans and for us, the way we're playing."
Florida is 7-4-1 against Montreal in the last 12 meetings...Montreal was
shut out for the fourth time this season...The Habs were without the services
of forward Alexei Kovalev, who missed the game due to an undisclosed upper-
body injury...The Panthers travel to Ottawa on Wednesday to conclude their
brief two-game Canadian road swing...The Canadiens will be in New Jersey to
take on the Devils also on Wednesday.
02/13 23:03:43 ET