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Struggling Panthers look to tighten up vs. Canadiens

Nov 16, 2006 - 2:10 PM Montreal (10-4-3) at Florida 6-9-4) 7:30 pm EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) - The Florida Panthers have been struggling lately, and it is no secret why.

The Panthers, who have given up 17 goals in losing their last four games, look to snap their skid when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Florida has had trouble keeping the puck out of its net, giving up 66 goals. Only two clubs have surrendered more goals this season than the Panthers.

Florida's latest defeat was a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday. The Panthers peppered Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig with 45 shots but could only beat him once.

Nathan Horton scored Florida's lone goal at 5:06 of the second period on the power play, while Alex Auld made 23 saves.

The Canadiens, who have won three of their last four games, are coming off a 3-1 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Sheldon Souray led the Habs with two goals while Guillaume Latendresse produced the other for Montreal, which scored three times on the power play. Goaltender Cristobal Huet made 29 saves.

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