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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 4, Panthers 1

Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 10:53 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 4, Panthers 1
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Canadiens 1 1 2 0 4
FLA - PP - T. Kopecky (1)
MTL - T. Plekanec (1), PP - A. Markov (1) PP - A. Markov (2), A. Galchenyuk (1)

MONTREAL (NHL.com) — Alex Galchenyuk and the Montreal Canadiens are on the board.

Galchenyuk scored his first NHL goal and defenseman Andrei Markov scored a pair to lead the Canadiens to their first win of the season Tuesday, a 4-1 decision against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre..

"We had flashes of energy, drive and battle. We're facing some adversity right off the bat. This was a rebound game for us. We have to start better."

- Forward Scottie Upshall to the Miami Herald.
1. Striking Early: After the game they had Monday night against Ottawa, the Panthers needed a good start in Tuesday's game against Montreal. With the way they played against the Habs last year (sweeping the season series) one would have thought they had some confidence heading into the Bell Centre but the Habs fed off the crowd early and made the place erupt just 3:26 into the game. Center Tomas Plekanec took a feed from Brian Gionta on the rush and buried it past Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen for the early lead that the Panthers were dreading. A hostile environment was not something they wanted to deal with early but that's exactly what happened.

2. Power Outage: Montreal made it a 2-0 lead as Andrei Markov scored on a 5-on-3 advantage with 6:36 remaining in the opening period and the blueliner scored on another power play to add insurance but the Panthers power play units who had lit up Carolina for three goals on six opportunities had their chances against Montreal as the home team gave them every opportunity to get back into the game. The Habs were whistled for 10 penalties, giving the guests a total of eight power plays on the night. Despite getting 15:29 of power play time, including over a minute and a half of 5-on-3 time, Florida could only get one power play out of the deal when Tomas Kopecky one-timed a shot past Carey Price. The Panthers had a grand total of 11 shots while on the man advantage, equating to 1.375 shots a man advantage. Montreal on the other hand recorded 12 shots (two goals) on their six opportunities.

3. Power Outage Part II: After posting five games to open the season in high fashion, the Panthers offense has been non existent in their two games north of the border, combining for just Kopecky's power play goal over that span. The Panthers have posted 59 shots over that span but a lot of them have been from the point with little traffic in front or have been pretty much one and dones where the goalie either covers up or the opposition's defensemen and forwards have cleared the puck.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@keyacq: rough road trip, home ice will hopefully bring back the goals

@creiff34: 1 for 8 on the PP. 1 for 11 the past two nights. And you expect to win? Come on

@RA_Delacruz: The @FlaPanthers need to find their rhythm...they were horrible in both games in Canada.

@sjolss: #flapanthers it's alright boys, we'll get them #habs next time ! #truefan

@sonbeek: The @FlaPanthers needs to play every game like it's a playoff game...... They aren't doing that.....sloppy play

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Chris Corradino: The last two nights have been horrendous.

Albert Catano: GRRR where is the offense!!

Jon Asher: It's tough to bounce back when you have a game the next day. Dineen's got this. The extra day off will do wonders. Panthers will rebound against the Sens, and have new inspiration. Mark my words.

Joshua Benchimol:
Come on cats better win Thursday at home!!!!

Matthew Eisenberg:
8 power plays, including a 5-minute major and an extended 5-on-3. And we scored one goal. That is pathetic.

1. Forward Drew Shore was called up on Monday and played in his first NHL game Tuesday night. In his first pro season after playing for the University of Denver, Shore finished with two shots on 9:28 of ice time.

1. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen had great success against the Habs over his career, going 6-0-0 against them with a 1.68 GAA entering the game. The 4-1 defeat put a blemish on his perfect record however despite finishing with 29 saves.

2. For the second game in a row, the Panthers allowed a multi-goal scorer. On Monday night it was Ottawa forward Kyle Turris. Tuesday night, it was a defenseman as Andrei Markov recorded two power play goals for the Canadiens.

4. Winger Tomas Fleischmann picked up two minors on the night, with both coming in the third period. The four PIM matched a career high, a feat he has accomplished five times now.

8. In a penalty-filled game, the Panthers found themselves on the power play for eight opportunities and 15:29 of game time. They were only able to convert on one of those however as Tomas Kopecky scored the lone Panthers goal of the night.

Andrei Markov
His big blasts from the back end gave the Canadiens two goal advantages on two different occasions which was huge.

 2 Goals, 2 Points, 4 Shots, 23:06 TOI
Florida looks to find it's offense on the friendly confines of home ice as they are home for two games. After only finding the net once in two games combined on the road, the Panthers will look to follow up on their five goal performance from opening night against Carolina. The Panthers host Ottawa in a rematch of Monday's game (a 4-0 victory for the Sens) on Thursday and then will play Saturday night against Philadelphia.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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