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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
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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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