Price, Canadiens hoping to stop slide vs. Panthers

Montreal (27-14-6) at Florida (22-17-8),

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) — A lack of experience in the crease
hurt the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs last season and the
problem is starting to carry over into this campaign.

All-Star goaltender Carey Price will attempt to bounce back from
a shaky outing and help the Canadiens snap a three-game losing
streak when they face the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Price, who is still looking for his first win of the month after
missing eight contests with a sprained right ankle, made just 19
saves Tuesday as Montreal suffered a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay

“Our goalies are going to have to be stronger,” Canadiens coach
Guy Carbonneau said. “We can’t win games giving up four or five
goals every game, and that’s the way it’s been over the last two
or three weeks.”

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The 21-year-old Price, who is backed up by fellow second-year
netminder Jaroslav Halak, has posted a 16-6-5 record with a 2.44
goals-against average and .915 save percentage on the season.

Rookie Michael Frolik recorded a goal and two assists as the
Panthers skated to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on

David Booth and defenseman Bryan McCabe also scored for Florida,
which avoided a third straight loss and continues to jockey with
the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes for the final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.