Monday, September 29, 2008

Kovalev Lifts Canadiens Over Panthers In SO

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev, right, scored the winning in the shootout on Sunday night against Florida goaltender Thomas Vokoun. (Peter McCable/Canadian Press)

From The CBC:

The Canadiens rebounded from an exhibition loss a night earlier to defeat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday night in Montreal.

Forward Alex Kovalev scored the only shootout goal and goaltender Carey Price denied Florida shooters Nathan Horton, Michael Frolik and Ville Peltonen.

After Tomas Vokoun stopped Montreal's first two attempts by David Desharnais and Andrei Kostitsyn, Kovalev slipped a backhand shot over the Panthers netminder.

On Saturday, the Ottawa Senators skated to a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens.

Montreal will be making its first cuts Monday morning with about 20 players expected to be sent back to either their junior clubs or the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Regardless, some players heading to the minors have played well in the pre-season.

"I don't think they changed my mind, I was pretty set on what I wanted to do before training camp, but it definitely gives a lot of hope for the future," said coach Guy Carbonneau.

"Last year, the fact that we had no injuries was unbelievable and we hope it repeats itself this year. But we know now that we have depth at every position and we can move forward."

Both goaltenders had solid games for their respective teams Sunday.

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