Yesterday the 4-3-0 Florida Panthers took on the 1-4-2 Montreal Canadiens and former Florida Panther Coach Jacques Martin. In the end the Florida Panthers put up the W against their former coach, with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and a brilliant performance in net by Jacob Markstrom, who had a total of 40 saves by game end!
In the first period Erik Cole started out the game with a power play goal, his first goal as a Montreal Canadian, and just like that it was 1-0 Montreal Canadiens. 15:59 minutes into the game, Tomas Fleischmann put up the first goal of the game for the Florida Panthers to tie the game at 1-1. After 1 period in Montreal it was all tied up at 1-1. The 2nd period soon started and was full of great goaltending and defense, as the game was still all tied up at 1-1 after 2 periods. Then the final period started in Montreal, it was a a tie game and was time for someone to step up and make a difference, and luckily for the Florida Panthers it was Scottie Upshall who made that difference to give the Florida Panthers the 2-1 lead that they would hold to defeat the Montreal Canadiens, behind a great performance in net by Jacob Markstrom, along with Scottie Upshall’s first goal as a Florida Panther, and Tomas Fleischmann putting up his 2nd goal of the season.
It was quite the goaltending performance by both Peter Budaj and Jacob Markstrom, even though Peter Budaj allowed 2 goals he put up a total of 29 saves and made some very impressive stops in his first start of the 2011-2012 season. Jacob Markstrom played what I would call the best game of his young career allowing 1 goal in the first period and then that was it, Jacob Markstrom went on to put up 40 saves in his 2nd victory of the 2001-2012 season. I was not able to watch the game today, I had been tracking the game online and was not able to see the brilliant performance by Jacob Markstrom until later I flipped on NHL on the fly, and then was able to see the highlights of the game and I must say I was speechless with the stops Markstrom made, and I still am. Right now Florida Panther goaltender Jose Theodore is listed as day-to-day, which means we may get to see a lot more of Jacob Markstrom in upcoming games and I am looking forward to seeing how the young goaltender plays.
The Florida Panthers bettered their record to 5-3-0 while the Montreal Canadiens continue their slow start to the season falling to 1-5-2. I would not count the Montreal Canadiens out just yet, they are full of talent along with one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, Carey Price. The Montreal Canadiens remind me a lot of the 2010-2011 Buffalo Sabres, who also got of to a bad start but they were able to come back behind star goaltender Ryan Miller and sneak into the NHL playoffs, maybe the Montreal Canadiens will do the same. I like what the Florida Panthers are doing right now, they are starting to put some distance on the loss column and that would be huge if we can distance ourselves from the dreaded loss column! The Florida Panthers will take on the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa at a 7:30 start time on the 27th, I am looking forward to it, lets keep this win streak going!
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