Rene Bourque scored at 2:10 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Thursday night at the BB&T Center.

The game featured a goaltending duel between Carey Price and former Canadien José Theodore. Price made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season while Theodore stopped 31. Price came up with a game-saver at 8:16 of the third period when he made a point-blank save on Jonathan Huberdeau, the rookie from St. Jérôme.

Theo defies the odds: There was no reason to believe Jose Theodore would turn in a stellar performance against his former team. While he has one career shutout against the Canadiens, Theodore came into the game with a 2-2-1 record against Montreal with a 4.62 goals-against average and an .861 save percentage.

Killers dominate: There weren't many penalties in the game. But the penalty-killers did their job as the Canadiens went 0-for-3 on the power play and Florida went 0-for-2. Florida's Tomas Fleischmann missed an opportunity on a third-period power play when he broke his stick while taking a shot from the slot.

Empty seats: The Panthers opened the upper deck at the BB&T Center in anticipation of their third sellout of the season but there were large sections of empty seats throughout the arena, including the lower-bowl behind the benches. The announced attendance was 17,021, which means there were more than 2,000 unsold seats. George Richards of the Miami Herald suggested that local fans avoided the game because they don't want to rub shoulders with Montreal fans. "Maybe it's because of Valentine's Day, but it's mostly because the Canadiens' fans didn't show up," Richards said.

Swap shop: The Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning swapped minor-league goalies with Cédrick Desjardins going to the Lightning organization in exchange for Dustin Tokarski, the MVP when the Spokane Chiefs won the 2008 Memorial Cup. Tokarski also won a gold medal at the 2009 world juniors.



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