Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sun, Fun, Goals and Wins

Like many good Quebecois, the Montreal Canadiens seemed to find the Florida climate agreeable this time of the year.

Montreal spent the last few days in Florida and by the time it came to pack up and head back north, they had not only found time to work on their tans, but to pick up some points in the NHL standings as well.
Thursday night they picked up five goals at the expense of the Tampa Bay Lightning as they totally dominated the Bolts 5-2, Friday night it was on to South Florida and an appearance before the largest crowd in Panther history at Bank Atlantic Centre, where they once again put five goals in the net, and worked on their defence by surrendering only one on the way to a 5-1 victory.

Ten goals in two nights and an offensive explosion that suddenly has the team of Koivu and Huet playing like Richard and Worsley.

The Florida sweep improved their road record on their current road trip to 3-1-1 with one game left on Sunday in New York to play the Rangers.

The Florida swing has been almost like a night at the Bell Centre, with friendly crowds, boisterous in nature and seemingly weighted in favour of Les Habs, complete with the farewell song traditional at Montreal home games.

One thing is certain; Montreal fans at least have the right idea when it comes to following the team on the road. Rather than trek across the hinterlands to Toronto, Ottawa, Detroit and west, they head straight for the sun.

After all, with sixty minutes of cheering out of the way, nothing beats checking out the Miami night life and then heading for the beach the next day.

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