T. Fleischmann (PPG, 15:59 - 1st) , S. Upshall (05:02 - 3rd)
E. Cole (PPG, 03:08 - 1st)
FLA: J. Markstrom (W)
MTL: P. Budaj (L)
Last night in Montreal, the Canadiens were looking to turn their early struggles around by starting Peter Budaj in net for the first time this season. 3 minutes in, with the Habs on a powerplay, Diaz's point shot (from the right side) was tipped in by Eric Cole to make it 1-0 Montreal. Then with 7 minutes left in the first, Darche played the puck to Gionta (on the left side) and he chipped a pass over to Cammalleri (in the slot) and he batted the puck out of mid air, but it was stopped by Markstrom. Then with 4 minutes to play in the first, Versteegs shot was stopped, but Fleischmann was there to put home the rebound to tie the game.
Early in the second, Subban danced his way into the Panthers zone and took a shot, that was topped and the rebound went right to Darche and he was stopped by Markstrom again. With 6 minutes left in the second, Weiss got a breakaway and he was stopped by Budaj with the pad. So the score was still tied going into the third. In the third, Diaz gave the puck away in the defensive zone right to Kopecky who played it to Kulikov at the point, and he shot it and tipped in by Upshall blocker side on Budaj to give the Panthers the lead. After that goal, the Panthers played the rest of the period with 5 men back as they would go onto win this game 2-1 and hand the Habs their 6th staright loss.
"Nobody likes losing," said Erik Cole. "We're tired of it. We need to just find a way to get over the hump." A way to get back on the hump is to fire Jacques Martin. As I believe he is the problem. Ever since Mueller left the Habs, they have had no offense and that's because Mueller coached the offensive side of the team. Martin is a defense coach. He hasn't even been teaching defense right this season. So I believe he has to go. Until he's gone the Habs will continue to Struggle. Especially with games against the Bruins and Flyers coming up. They will lose those games if they don't get rid of Martin. It's as simple as that.
Written BY Andrew Di Pardo