Final OT

Series (Game 4 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 3

(25-29-3, 67 pts)

Canadiens 2

(37-26-3, 83 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 11, 2004

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 1 0 1 13
MTL 0 1 1 02

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

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

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

Florida (24-29-14-3) at Montreal (37-26-6-2) 7:30 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens return from a four-game road trip and seek a fourth straight win Thursday night when they host the Florida Panthers.

Richard Zednik and captain Saku Koivu each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens completed their trek with a 5-2 triumph over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Monday night. Zednik, who was named the NHL Offensive Player of the Week, had four goals and four assists on the trip.

Montreal has won eight of its last nine games to climb within one point of the New Jersey Devils for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are 19-11-4 at the Bell Centre, where they play seven of their remaining 11 games.

The Panthers are 10th in the East, nine points behind the New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Florida has been outscored, 15-5, in losing its last three games. On Tuesday, the Panthers managed just 15 shots on goal in a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo did not play Tuesday, but has allowed nine goals in losing his last two starts. Luongo, a Montreal native, has stopped 105 of 109 shots in going 2-0-1 vs. the Canadiens this season.