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Cayden Primeau allowed five goals with his mitten

Last night, Cayden Primeau was thrown into the lion’s den. We suspected that the Panthers were going to be a formidable opponent for the Canadiens, who didn’t exactly look good.

Unless, of course, you ask Martin St-Louis for his opinion on the subject.

But hey. For this game, following the Habs’ fixed goaltending rotation, it was Cayden Primeau who had the opportunity to keep goal. And let’s just say he looked better already.

Even though the goalie was rested due to the fact that he didn’t travel all night from Wednesday to Thursday like his teammates, let’s just say that in the third period, we felt that the goalie had less of it.

He gave away four goals in the last 20 minutes of the game, and let’s just say that there are a few that the goalie would like to see again. There are shots that would normally have been saves from another NHL goalie.

And the main man knows it. He’s aware of the fact, as Dave Lévesque reported, that some basic saves weren’t made. Afterwards, he couldn’t get them out of his head.

Because those who watched the game noticed: all five of Florida’s goals were scored on the mitt side. That was clearly the difference in the game.

Very clearly, in fact.

And even if the coach didn’t throw him under the bus publicly, you’d think he’d expect more from someone who can’t waste an opportunity to stand out.

That was true this morning when I started writing my text… and it’s even truer now that I’ve finished it. And why? Because, in between, the news of Samuel Montembeault’s contract was announced.

Primeau knows that the goalkeeping situation is a problem. He also knows that Monty’s new contract is a vital first step towards ending the ménage à trois in front of the net.

Is yesterday’s ugly third-period performance a sign that the three-way system is starting to play on everyone’s mind?

In a flurry

– A file that’s getting a lot of attention. Toronto is at the heart of the matter.

– The Larkin family is in mourning.

– Pascal Dupuis likes to give back. [LPB]

– Like it or not?

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