MTL
31-35-16
FLA
38-26-18

28 SOG
35 SOG

Panthers 3, Canadiens 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Panthers forward Krys Barch was ejected after reportedly directing a racial slur at a Montreal player Saturday night, and Florida coach Kevin Dineen said it was now a matter for the NHL to investigate.

Barch was given a game misconduct after a dustup at the end of the first period in Florida's 3-2 win. The Miami Herald, citing an unidentified league official, said linesman Darren Gibbs overheard Barch use the slur against P.K. Subban, whose parents are Jamaican.

Barch left the dressing room before media members were allowed in for postgame interviews, The on-ice officials were not made available for comment.

"Personally, I didn't hear anything. I don't even know what happened, really," Subban said. "A couple of guys on the ice told me that something was said. I don't know what was said. I didn't hear it. As far as I'm concerned it's really out of my hands, so I don't really know too much about it."

Dineen was careful with his comments.

"Well, my take is we have an incredibly broken-up player in there who feels extremely bad that there was an insinuation that something inappropriate was said and now it's moved on to a league matter," Dineen said. "And obviously the Florida Panthers, Krys Barch and all of us are really shaken up by this, that there was an insinuation that something was said that was inappropriate."

"Again I'll leave it with the league right now, but I think this is always a very sensitive area for anybody and we'll let the facts play out and make sure that things are handled accordingly and move forward from there," he said.

Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth had few details to offer.

"I know it was some sort of a game misconduct," he said. "I'm not sure what was said or how it was relayed or who exactly heard it. We're not aware of the exact words in any way and we don't think we'll ever find out."

"The bottom line is there is no room for that. Those things have to be (addressed immediately) and the referees are on the ball about those kinds of incidents," he said.

Shawn Matthias of the Panthers defended his teammate.

"You never want to see that and I know Barchy and I don't think that he's the type of guy that would do something of that nature," said Matthias, whose seventh goal of the season 3:08 into the third period broke a 1-all tie.

Added teammate Kris Versteeg: "I don't think we can comment on it because it's obviously a touchy subject, but Krys is a good guy and he means no harm."

Notes: With his assist on Tomas Fleischmann's tying goal in the second period, Stephen Weiss matched Olli Jokinen for the most assists in Panthers' history with 231. ... Fleischmann has scored three goals in two meetings with the Canadiens this season. ... Florida finished the month of December 5-2-1 on home ice. ... The Canadiens continue to struggle on the road as they fell to 9-11-1 away from home and are 0-2 against the Panthers this season.

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MTL
FLA
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:37MTL Travis Moen (9) ASST: Lars Eller (8), Tomas Kaberle (16) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
03:46FLA PPG - Tomas Fleischmann (14) ASST: Stephen Weiss (22), Brian Campbell (28) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:08FLA Shawn Matthias (7) ASST: Ed Jovanovski (6) 2 - 1 FLA
19:19FLA EN - Tomas Fleischmann (15) ASST: Jason Garrison (7) 3 - 1 FLA
19:30MTL Erik Cole (16) ASST: Yannick Weber (9), David Desharnais (18) 3 - 2 FLA
Three Stars of the Game
Tomas Fleischmann
1st
Tomas Fleischmann
LW
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:51
Shawn Matthias
2nd
Shawn Matthias
C
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:07
Scott Clemmensen
3rd
Scott Clemmensen
G
SA: 18TOI: 35:44
GA: 1EV: 16-17
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .944SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:59MTL Mike Cammalleri  Tripping against  Tim Kennedy
17:19FLA Matt Bradley  Boarding against  Alexei Emelin
17:44MTL P.K. Subban  Holding against  Tomas Kopecky
19:58FLA Jason Garrison  Roughing against  Travis Moen
20:00FLA Krys Barch  Game misconduct
20:00FLA Erik Gudbranson  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
20:00FLA Erik Gudbranson  Slashing against  P.K. Subban
20:00MTL P.K. Subban  Roughing against  Erik Gudbranson
20:00MTL P.K. Subban  Slashing against  Erik Gudbranson
2nd Period
03:18MTL Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Tomas Kopecky
11:38FLA Ed Jovanovski  Tripping against  Mike Cammalleri
12:49MTL Max Pacioretty  Holding against  Kris Versteeg
18:34MTL Travis Moen  Roughing against  Brian Campbell
3rd Period
13:16MTL Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Stephen Weiss
shots by period
PeriodMTLFLA
1st911
2nd810
3rd1114
Total2835
Team Stats
CategoryMTLFLA
Power Plays0/31/6
Hits3333
Faceoff Wins3228
Giveaways31
Takeaways28
Blocked Shots914
Penalty Minutes1620
  • MONTREAL
  • FLORIDA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
13M. CammalleriL00-13218:40
14T. PlekanecC00-13421:46
15P. NokelainenC000103:47
22T. KaberleD01-11015:51
26J. GorgesD0000023:00
32T. MoenL1022217:41
45M. BlundenR0001013:37
46A. KostitsynL0011015:34
51D. DesharnaisC0101017:37
52M. DarcheL000007:03
61R. DiazD0001019:34
67M. PaciorettyL00-14217:12
68Y. WeberD011005:59
72E. ColeL10-15020:31
74A. EmelinD0012021:54
75H. GillD0000010:18
76P. SubbanD00-11623:38
81L. EllerC0102016:34
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. Price3234.94159:16
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
7D. KulikovD00-10022:11
8T. KennedyL0001011:09
9S. WeissC0100021:07
13M. SantorelliC0004013:50
14T. FleischmannL2004021:51
18S. MatthiasC1001018:07
21K. BarchR0000103:39
22M. BradleyR00-11213:19
27M. RepikR0013011:46
29B. ThomasR000109:55
32K. VersteegL0007023:01
36M. CullenC000007:22
43M. WeaverD0020019:22
44E. GudbransonD00-12413:10
51B. CampbellD01-12024:45
52J. GarrisonD0110222:40
55E. JovanovskiD0106218:04
82T. KopeckyR0003018:42
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30S. Clemmensen1718.94435:44
60J. Theodore910.90024:16