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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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