Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Habs 3, Panthers 1.
That plucky little beef cube of a defenseman Francis Bouillon slapped home the third period game-winner through a nice Mathieu Dandenault screen to lead the first-place Habs (5-0-1) to their 5th straight win. Cap Saku Koivu scored the game's first tally off of a sweet 4-on-4 setup by freelancing D Andrei Markov, who is on a pace to notch an Orr-like 123 assists. The heretofore nonexistent Tomas Plekanec briefly materialized to wrist home an empty-netter. Both teams back-checked well, creating a far from entertaining TV experience. Jaroslav Halak was again solid in goal. Said Koivu about the Panthers: "You could really smell the sun block out there tonight." Next game: Saturday vs. Anaheim. (image: Pink Panther balloon animal by YoYo the balloon man)