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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 2, Panthers 1

Killer B's strike again but Panthers run into hot netminder as Canadiens win.

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 10:40 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 2, Panthers 1
Killer B\'s strike again but Panthers run into hot netminder as Canadiens win.
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1/6/2014
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1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 0 0 1
Canadiens 1 1 0 0 2
FLA - S. Bergenheim (10)
MTL - D. Desharnais (6), B. Gionta (7)
  
   

MONTREAL —  (NHL.com) - Brian Gionta scored at 15:46 of the second period and Carey Price made 26 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers at Bell Centre on Monday.

Montreal center Tomas Plekanec cut off Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski's pass towards defensive partner Erik Gudbransson behind Florida's net to set up the Canadiens' second goal.

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"In the third we were better. I think it was the whole team. We lose and win as a team. All-in-all we weren't good enough. Timmy was good.."

- Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim
 
1. Killer B's Swarm Early: The line of Sean Bergenheim, Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes continue their strong offensive play and struck again with 2:51 left in the first frame. Barkov spotted Bergenheim in front of the net with a pretty pass who then beat Habs netminder Carey Price to tie the game at one following an early goal by Montreal’s David Desharnais.

2. Super Sasha: With his assist on the Cats’ first goal, Aleksander Barkov extended his point streak to six games, tying the record for a Panthers rookie. The Panthers young gun tied Jesse Belanger (1993-94) and Kristian Huselius (2000-01) to accomplish that feat. The Flying Finn was all over the ice on the night, entering the Montreal zone more than once with acrobatic puck control skills and deftly finding teammates with crisp passes.

3. Steal And A Game-Winner: After peppering the Montreal net with a series of shots from the point, Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski had a pass behind the Cats’ net picked off by Canadien Thomas Plekanec who then fed the Habs’ captain Brian Gionta who beat Tim Thomas from point blank range top shelf with 4:14 remaining in the 2nd. After giving up a goal on the first shot of the game, Thomas had stopped the next 23 shots before Gionta's eventual game-winner.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@kwkouki: Holy cow @NBjugstad72 playing Moses parting the Red Sea in centre bell @FlaPanthers

@turbuLENTZ: More Bark-checking by Finntastic Rookie @FlaPanthers @Barkovsasha95

@Valavuori: Goal scored by Sean Bergenheim, assisted by @Barkovsasha95. Once again @FlaPanthers. The best Finnish duo at the moment by far.

@tanks5alot: @NHL @FlaPanthers Killer B's strike again. @Barkovsasha95, Sean Bergeihiem and Brad Boyes is one of the best lines in hockey

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Gina Pengue: Great effort!!!! Loved watching a TEAM!!

imon Grip: KILLA BEEZ

Mike Gratton: Good effort. Don't have to be ashamed with that loss
 

1. The Canadiens jumped on the board just 6:23 into the game as David Desharnais beat Thomas on the Habs’ first shot of the night.

2-1. The Cats now sport a 2-1 record against their division rivals after taking both games in 2013 against Montreal.

6. With his goal, Sean Bergenheim has now scored six times in the last six games.

12. With an assist this on Bergenheim's first period tally, young gun Aleksander Barkov now has 12 points in his last 12 games (3-9-12).

16. Florida came in waves in the third period, throwing 16 shots on net but couldn't find the equalizer.

 
Carey Price
Came up strong time and time again foiling the Cats attack, especially in the third period when the Panthers turned up the pressure.

27 Shots, 26 Saves, .963 SV%
 
 
Florida will have two days off before taking the ice in Buffalo to face another Atlantic Division foe. The Sabres have been on a tear on home ice as of late, winning their last five straight games and limiting their opponents to just one goal in each of their last three victories. Named to the USA Olympic team on Jan. 1,  Sabres netminder Ryan Miller has posted a 2.64 GAA and .927 save percentage for a team that struggled mightily for much of the season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

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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