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Panthers Post 3-1 Victory vs. Habs in Front of Record Setting 19,772 Fans in Attendance at BankAtlantic Center

Friday, 12.29.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Post 3-1 Victory vs. Habs in Front of Record Setting 19,772 Fans in Attendance at BankAtlantic Center

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Ed Belfour made 32 saves, and Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period in the Florida Panthers' 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

Gregory Campbell added a third-period goal to help the Panthers win for the fifth time in their last seven games. A standing-room crowd of 19,772 set BankAtlantic Center record for a hockey game.

Florida's Ville Peltonen and Montreal's Mark Streit scored first-period goals.

Cristobal Huet made 25 saves for Montreal. The Canadiens had won six of their previous seven games.

Horton scored his 14th goal at 5:59 of the third to give Florida a 2-1 lead.

After Panthers defenseman Branislav Mezei kept the puck in the Montreal zone at the blue line, Gary Roberts grabbed the puck and skated deep into the zone. Roberts fed Horton, who fired a wrist shot from the left circle to beat Huet short side.

Campbell scored his second goal at 9:41, poking the puck through a crowd in front of the Canadiens' net.

Peltonen scored his fifth goal at 2:54 after taking a centering pass from Chris Gratton, who was behind and to the left of the Montreal net.

Streit knotted the score at 14:43 when his second goal came on a rebound of Chris Higgins' shot on a 2-on-1 break.

Notes: Florida C Stephen Weiss returned after missing seven games because of a shoulder injury. ... Florida's only other sellout this season was opening night against Boston on Oct. 6. ... The Panthers finished 7-5-2 in December.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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