Tonight was a night of debuts for Montreal. Both Micheal Blunden and Petteri Nokelainen made their debuts in Montreal after Palushaj and Engqvist had been assigned to Hamilton in order to make room for the two fourth liners. Formerly injured d-man, Jaroslav Spacek made his return after missing just over 2 weeks with an upper body injury. One final debut was given to Habs backup goaltender, Peter Budaj, who made his first start, not only of the season, but as a Montreal Canadien.
3:08 into the first, Habs drew first blood, on the Powerplay. Something we haven’t seen a lot of this year. The goal come on a double tip-in. Pacioretty got the first tip of off Diaz’s point shot, then Cole would get the second and the goal. From this point on, Florida’s goaltender, Jacob Markstrom, was rock solid stopping 13 of 14 shots in the first. Florida’s first goal came when Mike Cammaleri coughed up the puck right into the slot. Tomas Fleischmann swooped in and put one through Budaj’s legs to knot it at one.
The score stayed at 1-1 through the second. To be honest, this period reminded me of the Pittsburgh games. BORING. With the exception of watching Montreal try and kill a penalty. If Budaj wasn’t there to bail them all out all this PK, it’d a 2-1 game.
As the third came along I was losing interest. Only when Upshall tipped a point shot between Budaj’s legs did I tune back in, only to see my new favourite player leave the game with an undisclosed injury did I feel like puking. From the moment Florida scored the go ahead goal, Montreal showed that they had basically given up.
Now that Montreal has fallen to 1-5-2 Martin is as good as gone. Lets see what some folks on twitter have to say the man known as “JM”:
So yes, we don’t want to see Jacques and his comically large ears behind our bench anymore. I have a feeling Montreal is just going to make a string a bad panic trades just to avoid giving Martin his $1M compinsation
I’m so close to losing faith. Montreal, please don’t make me lose any more.