Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Florida leads 3-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 29th
Game 2: Friday, December 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 10th
Game 4: Thursday, March 11th

Panthers 1

(9-13-0, 22 pts)

Canadiens 1

(10-11-1, 23 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 29, 2003

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 0 0 1 01
MTL 0 0 1 01

J. Theodore (Canadiens - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .958

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: .973

P. Brisebois (Canadiens - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Florida (9-13-3-0) at Montreal (10-11-1-1) 7:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Goaltender Jose Theodore goes for his 100th career victory Saturday night as the Montreal Canadiens host the Florida Panthers.

Theodore enters with a 99-125-5 record and is 8-10-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average in 18 games this season. He had 30 wins in 2001-02 and won the Hart and Vezina Trophy but is 28-41-6 since that magical season.

Theodore ranks 11th on Montreal's all-time wins list and is trying to become the 11th goalie to record 100 wins for the team. When he gets the victory, he will join legends such as Jacques Plante (312), Patrick Roy (289) and Ken Dryden (258). Others with 100 victories for Montreal include Bill Durnan, Georges Hainsworth, and Georges Vezina.

Montreal is returning home after Friday's 5-3 victory at Washington. Backup Mathieu Garon made 31 saves and defenseman Sheldon Souray recorded his third two-goal game of the year.

Saturday is expected to be matchup of Quebec natives in nets. Theodore was born in Laval, Quebec and is expected to face Montreal native Roberto Luongo, who did not play Friday.

Theodore is over 2 1/2 years older than Luongo and they both played junior hockey in the QMJHL in 1995-96.

Luongo is 7-10-3 this season and made 37 saves in his last start, a 3-3 tie with the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Steve Shields was in nets as Florida collapsed in the final 23 minutes of Friday's 4-3 loss at Buffalo. The Panthers built a 3-0 lead on two goals by Stephen Weiss but managed just one shot in the decisive third period.

Theodore and Luongo faced each in other in all four meetings last season. The Canadiens won three of those games and scored 13 goals while allowing eight.