Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Montreal Canadiens 1 at Florida Panthers 2 - January 26, 2010

Back to the BankAtlantic Center tonight, this time to watch Canada's other original 6 team, the Montreal Canadiens take on the Panthers. For a change, I was cheering for the home team.

I'm not going to post much here as the game wasn't that exciting. Florida won 2-1, limiting the Habs to just 17 shots. Shawn Matthias scored a penalty shot goal in the third, and added the winner off a goalmouth scramble with just 7 minutes left to win the game for the Panthers. All three goals were scored at the other end of the ice too. At least I got to stand up to celebrate a goal in the BankAtlantic Center. I did make it up to the upper bowl during an intermission, here's a pic from there. Good seats here I thought.

It was interesting to note the difference between the Habs fans and Leafs fans. Habs fans smile more and are generally a cheerful bunch; as well they were generally older. It was cool hearing French spoken outside the arena. Leafs fans such as myself are a sad lot who have nothing to brag about. There are less elderly Leaf fans because many of them have given up on hockey. Or just killed themselves.

Here are a few pictures from tonight.

Two teams looking up at the playoffs

Dennis Seidenberg readies to block a shot

Ryan O'Byrne takes one for the team

Bryan McCabe shoots from the point

The Final Score! Habs lose!

After this snoozefest, I decided to skip the Lightning-Habs game in Tampa tonight. I'd already booked a hotel in Orlando and the 90 minute drive each way is not as enticing as the happy hour specials at the bar in the lobby. Hope to return to Tampa for a long homestand next season instead.



1 comment:

  1. I like when you visit the states. I get to read and view entertaining articles on your trip. Continue to have a fun and safe trip.