Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
Game 2: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 3: Friday, December 30th
Game 4: Thursday, March 2nd

Panthers 4

(6-5-2, 14 pts)

Canadiens 5

(9-3-1, 19 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2005

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 1 1 2 04
MTL 2 1 1 15

C. Rivet (Canadiens - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Weiss (Panthers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Begin (Canadiens - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Florida (6-5-1) at Montreal (8-3-1) 7:30 pm EST

Florida (6-5-1) at Montreal (8-3-1), 7:30 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Two of the game's top goaltenders will likely be on display Tuesday when the Montreal Canadiens host the Florida Panthers.

Former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Jose Theodore will be between the pipes for the Canadiens, who are just 3-3-0 at home. The Panthers counter with Montreal native Roberto Luongo, who has been the backbone of the club by stopping a league-high 332 shots.

Montreal snapped a two-game slide Monday by posting a 4-1 triumph against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Captain Saku Koivu collected a goal and an assist and Alexei Kovalev upped his team-leading point total to 11 with a third-period goal.

Theodore made 23 saves, including 17 in the first two periods.

Florida dropped a 2-1 contest at Toronto in Monday's only other game in the NHL. Gary Roberts scored 26 seconds into the game against his former club, but the Maple Leafs tallied the final two goals against backup goalie Jamie McLennen.

The Panthers, who had their last two home games postponed because of Hurricane Wilma, are now in the midst of a six-game road trip.