The Canadiens and the Panthers squared off at the Bell Centre tonight. For much of the game the Canadiens dominated, coming out strong with a 2-0 lead 5 minutes in. Then lazy play combined with dumb penalties let the Panthers back into the game in the 3rd. When the Habs went down 4-3 on a Stephen Weiss powerplay goal late in the 3rd, it looked all but done.
Steve Begin to the rescue. Is this becoming a regular thing?
Begin scored the tying 4th goal with 9 seconds remaining in the 3rd period giving the Canadiens a chance at overtime that they probably didn’t deserve. Another powerplay chance which saw Michael Ryder bury a shot into the gaping cage. You had to feel a little bad for Luongo as he lay in the net for several seconds after the goal. It’s not the first time he’s been burned in overtime in Montreal and he’s just hung out to dry so often by a weak Florida defence.
Theo’s play was again, not strong. Not #1 NHL goalie calibre. I hate to say it, but I can’t ignore it. There hasn’t been a game without a weak Theo goal. We’re in fantastic shape considering we haven’t had overall strong goaltending.
Unbelievable finish, from blowing the game in the 3rd to getting to overtime to finishing it off. Another ugly 2pts.
We’ll take em’.