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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 4, Panthers 1

Boyes nets team-leading 19th of season as Cats fire 37 on Price but fall to Canadiens.

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 10:40 PM ET / Wrap Up
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 4, Panthers 1
Boyes nets team-leading 19th of season as Cats fire 37 on Price but fall to Canadiens.
Sat
3/29/2014
1-4
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
Canadiens 2 1 1 0 4
FLA - B. Boyes (19)
MTL - T. Vanek (27), M. Pacioretty (34), M. Pacioretty (35), EN - D. Desharnais (15)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - The Montreal Canadiens' top line and their gold medal-winning goaltender were too much for the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Max Pacioretty scored twice, and Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais each had a goal and an assist to lead the surging Canadiens to a 4-1 victory at BB&T Center. It was Montreal's fifth consecutive victory and eighth in nine games..

FULL RECAP
 
"We generated a lot of shots, lot of chances but they sat back in the third and let us come at them. We tried to generate things but the lack of scoring really hurt us."

- Panthers forward Brad Boyes.
 
1. Vanek At The Disco: With the score tied at zero midway through the first period, the Habs’ deadline pickup from Long Island, Thomas Vanek, got the rouge, blanc et bleu (Google Translate it) on the board by firing home a loose puck after Panthers goaltender Dan Ellis made the initial stop. Coming down on a one-on-one, Vanek hammered a shot from the slot that managed to trickle through Ellis’ legs and settle perfectly in the crease for Vanek to tap home.

2. Mighty Max
: The Canadiens  executed a pair of pretty tic-tac-toe passing plays that resulted in goals. In both instances it was Max Pacioretty on the finishing end of the sequence. The two goals were the American forward’s 34th and 35th of the season. With the goals, Pacioretty became the first Canadien to reach the 35-goal plateau since Eric Cole accomplished the feat during the 2011-12 season.

3. All But Where It Counts: While the 4-1 score would indicate otherwise, the Panthers actually generated the majority of the game’s scoring chances. The Cats outshot the Canadiens 37-19 but could not solve Carey Price more than once as Brad Boyes netted his 19th of the season.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@SamousRulez: #ComebackCats #FlaPanthers Keep pushing them.

@MIAFAN25:
Can we get some IHOP up in here? GO PANTHERS #FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Christopher Barrell: The Panthers have some young players, and a bright future!

Rich Bedford: Upshall and Boyes showed up.
 

3. Max Pacioretty led all players with three points, scoring two goals and one assist, extending his goal streak to three games (4-1-5) with two goals in the game.

5. With five shots, Dmitry Kulikov led all Cats defensemen in shots, and tied for the team lead with Sean Bergenheim..

19. With his goal tonight, Brad Boyes stretched his team leading total to 19 on the year.

27:28. Kulikov led all players from both teams tonight in TOI playing almost half of the entire game.

60. Center Scott Gomez won 60% of his draws (9/15).

 
Max Pacioretty
Recorded points on the Canadien's last three goals, scoring his team-leading 34th and 35th of the season before assisting on the empty netter.

2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, +3, 5 Shots, 18:59 TOI
 
 
The Panthers hit the road for their final road trip of the season, facing the Devils and Islanders on back-to-back nights. The Cats will first look to take the season series against the Devils Monday night after earning three out of a possible four points in the first two games (1-0-1). New Jersey (31-29-14) fell 2-1 in the shootout to the Islanders. Ageless one Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 60 points (23-37-60) and Patrik Elias has 51 points (17-34-51) in 59 games.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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