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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 4, Canadiens 1

Panthers get goals from four different skaters as they end a three-game losing streak.

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 8:34 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 4, Canadiens 1
Panthers get goals from four different skaters as they end a three-game losing streak.
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 2 1 0 4
Canadiens 0 1 0 0 1
FLA - D. Kulikov (2), B. Campbell (5), A. Barkov (7), EN - S. Bergenheim (8)
MTL - B. Prust (4)

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - A collective effort helped the Florida Panthers put an end to a three-game losing streak Sunday.

Four players scored for Florida and Scott Clemmensen made 21 saves to lead the Panthers to a 4-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center.

"We match up well with them but we always seem to be desperate when we play them. It was a fun night of hockey."

- Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell.
1. Striking First: After giving up the first goal of the game for the first time in seven games Saturday night against Detroit, the Panthers made sure to get on the board first and it was a pretty passing play by Tomas Fleischmann that set up Dmitry Kulikov 6:10 into the game. Fleischmann and Kulikov rushed up the ice with the teams playing four-on-four and Kulikov one-timed Fleischmann's cross ice pass into the wide open net and past Peter Budaj. With a lot of Canadien fans in the crowd, it gave the home side a good jolt early in the game.

2. Answering The Canadiens: Montreal would tie the game early in the second when Brandon Prust just got enough of the puck on the rebound past Scott Clemmensen as the puck slowly found the back of the net after Clemmensen got a piece of it 2:56 in but the Cats answered. The answer was huge as they did it less than two minutes later. Brian Campbell rushed up the ice and fired a shot on Budaj. Not able to get a lot of puck luck this season, this one was that as Campbell's shot kicked up and over Budaj and the netminder kicked the puck into the net. It was thought that Aleksander Barkov touched it but was changed to Campbell's goal later. Barkov wouldn't be denied a second time as he neatly redirected Tom Gilbert's shot pass past Budaj with 5:31 left in the period for a two-goal lead.

3. 60 Minute Effort: With that two goal lead, Clemmensen and the defense did the rest. The Panthers did have two goals waved off with one being waved off due to the puck being knocked down with a high stick from Brian Gionta and then another being waved off due to goaltender interference but the defense limited Montreal their chances as they finished with just 22 shots on net. Florida as a team was only credited with nine blocks so they kept th Canadiens out of the defensive zone for a lot of time and when they did get a shot on net, Clemmensen was there to kick out the rebound. Following the game, interim head coach Peter Horachek said he had asked his team for a 60-minute effort following a tough loss Saturday night to Detroit in which they might have fared better but he certainly got a great effort from them on Sunday as they snapped a three-game losing streak.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@teddynalle: @FlaPanthers Great game and great win guys! Makes it worth it staying up late (2 am) in Sweden.

@FlaBoi6: @FlaPanthers great team effort and getting much needed 2 points!!!! #flapanthers

@Sarah_Crenshaw: Feels so good to leave @thebbtcenter after a @FlaPanthers win!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Maria S. Troconis: PANTHERS!! PANTHERS . You guys did GRRRRREAAATTT !! Congratulations. Keep up the good work. Play hard guys and kick butts !!

Rosa Ruiz: My present for Christmas a little late.Let's Go Cats.

Nikki Gregory Shim: Woo hoo! Awesome win Cats!

2. The Panthers had a solid offensive effort from several players but three of them picked up multiple point games. Defenseman Brian Campbell netted the game-winner and added an assist while fellow defenseman Tom Gilbert as well as forward Brad Boyes picked up two assists on the night.

3. Florida finished with a +14 as a team. Leading the way were Campbell and Boyes along with rookie center Aleksander Barkov who each finished with plus-three rating. Dylan Olsen, Sean Bergenheim and Gilbert finished with +2 on the night.

8. Barkov has slowly creeped up the NHL rookie leaders standings. Giving the Cats a 3-1 lead in the second, Barkov registered his seventh goal and 19th point on the season tied for 10th and 8th respectively. He's recorded points in three straight games and eight in the last nine games.

21. Scott Clemmensen was strong in goal, stopping 21 of the 22 shots for his fifth win of the season. The netminder has won five of his last seven meetings, including beating the Canadiens twice in a two week span.

500. Skating in 15:05 on 20 shifts, forward Tomas Kopecky played in his 500th career NHL game Sunday night.

Aleksander Barkov
His first goal was taken away but his goal that stood up gave the Cats a big two-goal cushion in the second period. Was on the ice for three of Florida's goals, finishing +3.

1 Goal, 1 Point, 4 Shots, +3, 17:57 TOI, 50% FO%
Florida will next host the New York Rangers in a New Year's Eve clash on Tuesday night. Set for a 5pm puck drop, this is the third meeting of the season between the two teams and Florida will look to pick up their first win as NY earned a 4-3 win on Nov. 10 at Madison Square Garden and then a 5-2 victory on Nov. 27 at the BB&T Center. The Rangers have recorded 38 points (18-19-2) in 39 games and play Tampa Bay Sunday night. They're led offensively by center Brad Richards (27 points in 39 games) and forward Mats Zuccarello (25 points in 38 games) while Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 10-15-2 record with a 2.77 GAA and .905 save percentage in 28 games between the pipes. 

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com




1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
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


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
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
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