NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (6-5-1) at Montreal Canadiens (8-3-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A night after snapping a two-game losing streak, the
Montreal Canadiens try to make it consecutive victories when they welcome the
Florida Panthers to the Bell Centre.
On Monday, Steve Begin scored shorthanded with 9:06 remaining to break a tie
and Montreal went on to post a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers at
Madison Square Garden.
Begin assisted on two other goals for the Canadiens, who tallied four times in
the third period to stop their losing streak. Saku Koivu and Niklas Sundstrom
added a goal and an assist while Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots in the win.
The victory earned the Habs a split of a home-and-home with the Blueshirts.
New York posted a 5-2 win in Montreal on Saturday.
The Canadiens moved ahead of Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division
standings with 17 points -- one ahead of the Senators. The Northeast is very
tightly packed, as only four points separate Montreal and last-place Boston.
Montreal will visit Buffalo on Friday to begin a home-and-home.
Florida, meanwhile, has lost its last two games. On Monday the Panthers
dropped a 2-1 contest in Toronto. The tilt marked the Cats' third of six
consecutive road games, as their last two Saturday games were postponed at
home due to Hurricane Wilma.
On Monday, Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour frustrated the Panthers with 31 saves.
Former Leaf Gary Roberts notched his first goal and point in a Florida uniform
and Jamie McLennan made 22 saves for the Panthers.
The Panthers, who are 2-3-1 on the road this season, will visit Boston on
Florida went 3-0-1 against Montreal in 2003-04 and is 4-1-1 in the last six
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