Friday December 31, 2010
Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers
Stop the bleeding. Please? I think a little bit of my soul disappeared last night. How can a team look so good in the first period of a game and come out for the second and play so terrible? It’s almost like they came out with different jerseys on. Brutal.
On a lighter note, Wisniewski looked great! There has been much said about his -18 mark this season in Long Island, but playing on a team that had quit in the second period, losing 4-1 JW finished the night with an impressive +1. He looked confident with the puck, took blistering shots from the point and even made good passes that not only crossed the blue line, but even stretched out over center ice! This has been something the defense has been unable to do for weeks now.
And now, another Florida team. This time the panthers. Although sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference, the Panthers have played well lately winning 6 of their last 10 games. The Habs better not take this game lightly, because there is a lot at stake here and another loss could be a crushing blow to this team.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (Day to Day)
- Alex Picard (healthy scratch)
- Cory Stillman
- Radek Dvorak
- Byron Bitz
- Rostislav Olesz
Keys to the Game
The play of Roman Hamrlik has been terrible. With all the talk about the fall from grace of rookie sensation PK Subban, Hamrlik has quietly been having a terrible season. His numbers don’t show it but his untimely gaffes have costed the Habs some games this season. Last night was no different. Taking that hooking penalty leading to a penalty shot was the back breaker, and made me bury my face in my hands. Hamrlik HAS to play better. He HAS to be more of a leader by example. If not, Martin HAS to play him less.
Montreal 6 – Florida 1