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10-25-2011, 07:47 AM
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Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
Panthers 2, Canadiens 1
Jacob Markstrom had to put in a full 60 minutes to get his second NHL win.
Markstrom made 40 saves and Scottie Upshall scored 5:02 into the third period to help the Florida Panthers extend Montreal's losing streak to six with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Monday night.
Montreal fell to 1-5-2, continuing its worst start in 70 years. It is the deepest the Canadiens have gone into a season with only one win since 1941-42, when they got off to a 1-10-1 start that included a pair of losses to the Brooklyn Americans.
"Nobody likes losing," said Erik Cole, who scored on a power play 3:08 in for his first Montreal goal. "We're tired of it. We need to just find a way to get over the hump."
Gruelling week begins with Bell Centre flop
If Canadiens fans think their team has hit rock bottom, forward Erik Cole has a few words that might not comfort.
Don't be surprised if it gets worse.
The clouds over this dullbladed hockey club are so dark that Cole didn't realize he had scored his first goal as a Canadien until I said to him in the dressing room that it probably wasn't much to celebrate, with his new team having just lost its sixth straight game.
Martin digs deep to find the positives
'Worked hard'; Can't blame Budaj for loss, coach says
When you've suffered your sixth consecutive loss - including a record five home losses to start the season - it's difficult to find something positive to say.
But coach Jacques Martin gave it the old college try Monday night after the Canadiens dropped a 2-1 decision to the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre.
"We worked hard, we created scoring chances, we scored the first goal on the power play and we had scoring chances on the power play," Martin said. "Unfortunately, they scored on a power play and they scored the winning goal on a deflection. (Goaltender Peter) Budaj played well. You can't blame him."
Pacioretty hurt as Habs remain winless at home
The skinny: There was no good news from the Bell Centre Monday night as the Florida Panthers beat the Canadiens 2-1.
Montreal is not only winless in five games at home this season, but the Canadiens have lost yet another key player. Max Pacioretty left the game after the second period with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
Habs loss has vultures circling
“We’re ashamed, but we have to sort it out,” winger Mathieu Darche said from his stall in a Montreal dressing room that was funeral-parlour silent.
It’s not that they stank the joint out in losing 2-1 to the Florida Panthers. Quite the opposite.
“I think we only gave up seven scoring chances,” said Martin. “We had about 13.”
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