Final OT

Series (Game 2 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 3

(6-9-4, 16 pts)

Canadiens 4

(13-3-3, 29 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 15, 2005

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 0 0 3 03
MTL 2 1 0 14

S. Koivu (Canadiens - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 42, Save Pct.: .913

R. Zednik (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Florida (6-9-3) at Montreal (12-3-3) 7:30 pm EST

Florida (6-9-3) at Montreal (12-3-3), 7:30 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- In the midst of a two-game slide, the Montreal Canadiens will try to forge ahead without star right wing Alexei Kovalev when they take on the reeling Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

In Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto, Kovalev recorded his 400th career assist and 299th career goal. However, he will miss up to four weeks following knee surgery scheduled for Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Kovalev, who ranks second on the team with seven goals and 19 points, gave the Canadiens a 4-3 lead with his tally Saturday. But Montreal allowed a bizarre goal late in the third period and lost after committing a foolish penalty in overtime.

The Canadiens had won five straight before their two-game skid but have a ways to go before they match the Panthers, who have dropped eight in a row. Just five losses shy of matching a franchise record, Florida has plummeted toward the bottom of the Southeast Division.

In Saturday's 5-4 loss to Philadelphia, things went from bad to worse for the Panthers as Flyers right wing Mike Knuble scored a shorthanded goal to break a tie with only 3.2 seconds remaining.