Florida misstep for CH

Florida misstep for CH

Special teams was the key to the Montreal Canadiens' 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at Amerant Bank Arena.

Before the game, Martin St. Louis' men had the fourth-worst shorthanded unit in the National Hockey League with an efficiency of 72.9%. Against the Panthers, the team's setbacks continued in this game, allowing two goals less than a man.

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It was Eetu Luostarinen, who had numerical superiority, who scored the two goals for the local favorites, including the winning goal. Sam Bennett and Carter Verhaeghe also caused a stir in the Sunrise team.

The Canadian's only hit came off Cole Caufield's bat. With a one-man lead, number 22 received Nick Suzuki's pass before beating Anthony Stolarz with a great backhand shot from a difficult angle.

The CH failed to generate much attacking power and only shot 20 times at the Panthers' goal. However, the Montreal club had some interesting options.

In fact, Josh Anderson could have given his team a 2-1 lead in the opening seconds of the third period when he found himself on a breakaway. However, Stolarz parried his shot.

Jake Allen saved 22 times of the 25 shots he faced.

With this setback, the Habs suffered their sixth consecutive defeat against the Panthers and their eighth consecutive defeat at the hands of the Cats. Montreal now has a record of 15-15-5, good for sixth place in the Atlantic Division.

The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge will be back in action on Sunday against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. The club will complete its seven-game road trip against the Dallas Stars on January 2nd before returning home on January 4th when the Buffalo Sabers visit the Bell Center.



17:13 | GOAL – Carter Verhaeghe (FLO) scores in the empty goal

15:24 | GOAL – A long shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson (FLO) is deflected off Sam Bennett on the way, Jake Allen (MTL) is beaten 3-1

13:11 | Brendan Gallagher (MTL) hits well from the wrist during an offensive attack, Anthony Stolarz (FLO) defends himself

11:36 | Good slapshot from David Savard (MTL), Anthony Stolarz (FLO) saves

7:34 | GOAL – Eetu Luostarinen (FLO) scores with a nice feint forward. digital, his second goal of the game

6:42 | Joel Armia (MTL) is penalized for roughness in the opponent's zone. It still needs to be done.

5:10 | Jake Allen (MTL) frustrates Sam Reinhart (FLO)

5:01 | Nick Cousins ​​​​(FLO) causes a loss of the ball and shoots, Jake Allen (MTL) holds on

2:26 | Jayden Struble (MTL) blocks a shot from Carter Verhaeghe (FLO)

0:09 | Josh Anderson (MTL) escapes, but Anthony Stolarz (FLO) holds on to his feint

0:00 | Beginning of the third period


19:55 | Juraj Slafkovsky (MTL) missed a check due to injury and ended the season in pain

18:48 | Eetu Luostarinen (FLO) causes a turnover and escapes, but Jake Allen (MTL) fights back

17:13 | Mike Matheson (MTL) misses a great attacking chance with a weak shot

15:52 | Jake Allen (MTL) defends himself against a dangerous shot from Nick Cousins ​​​​​​(FLO)

12:47 | Jake Allen (MTL) faces a shot from Kevin Stenlund (FLO)

9:13 | Carter Verhaeghe (FLO) scores after a nice rally, but CH disputes an offside position and the goal is canceled

9:08 | The CH receives a surplus of dice. digital, but David Savard's (MTL) shot misses the target

7:52 | The CH is punished for sending too many men onto the ice

7:01 | GOAL – Cole Caufield (MTL) surprises Anthony Stolarz (FLO) with a backhand shot forward. Digitally it's 1:1

6:15 | Nick Suzuki (MTL) gets a chance at the top of the slot, his shot hits the horizontal crossbar

5:31 | Penalty for Evan Rodrigues (FLO) for holding

4:05 | GOAL – Eetu Luostarinen (FLO) hits the puck in flight and shoots forward. Digital

2:22 | Penalty for Nick Suzuki (MTL) for holding

1:56 | Save by Jake Allen (MTL) after a dangerous shot by Aleksander Barkov (FLO)

0:00 | Start of the second period


17:49 | Anthony Stolarz (FLO) stands out with a shot from Michael Pezzetta (MTL) from the slot

4:30 p.m. | Ryan Lomberg (FLO) dangerously pushes Justin Barron (MTL) into his net and a scuffle ensues

15:56 | Joel Armia (MTL) misses the target during an overkill orchestrated by Brendan Gallagher (MTL).

3:15 p.m. | Nick Cousins ​​(FLO) turns things around, escapes, but can't beat Jake Allen (MTL).

12:00 | Jake Allen (MTL) saves a dangerous shot from Ryan Lomberg (FLO)

9:35 | Firm contact between Sam Bennett (FLO) and Nick Suzuki (MTL)

7:30 | Carter Verhaeghe (FLO) is penalized for high stick

4:40 | Great attack from CH's first trio, but Nick Suzuki is too generous

2:53 | Tough fight between Michael Pezzetta (MTL) and William Lockwood (FLO)

1:05 | First threat from the Panthers' first line: Sam Reinhart (FLO) cannot take advantage

0:00 | Start of the meeting

Lineups for today's game: