Flat Habs Overtaken by Panthers

The Habs came out slow and flat last night in Florida, resulting in a 2-1 nipping by the Panthers and a bump out of the playoff picture.

A slow first period saw the goalies at each end, Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Voukon respectively, hold the fort, keeping the game scoreless. The second period was more of the same but the Habs couldn’t seem to generate any offense, registering only four shots on net. Luckily a swat out of the air on the powerplay lead to Tomas Plekanec scoring a pretty goal and putting the Canadiens up 1-0.

Montreal seemed to get even lazier in the third period, being outplayed and dropping two goals, one on a penalty shot and both by the Panther’s Shawn Matthias. The loss marks the first time this season that the Canadiens have lost when leading after two periods.

The loss drops the Habs to ninth in the Eastern Conference; they’ll try to recoup those two lost points tonight when they face Vinnie Lecavilier and the Tampa Bay Lightning. I expect Halak to get the start despite the loss.

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