Panthers finally de-clawed
It wasn't easy.
Through 40 minutes, the Canadiens outshot Florida 25-11.
Goals by David Desharnais and Brian Gionta offset one by Sean Bergenheim.
The visitors came alive in the third period, unleasing a 16-shot barrage at Carey Price.
He stopped them all.
The Canadiens outshot Florida 35-27 on the game, but Tim Thomas kept it close.
The win moved the Canadiens past Tampa Bay into second place in the Atlantic Division, behind Boston.
Price slams the door
16 saves in the third period.
The captain is hot
Brian Gionta had one goal in 28 games.
Then the Canadiens' captain scored against Ottawa on Saturday and popped another against Florida.
Credit Tomas Plekanec with chasing down Ed Jovanoski and stripping the Panthers defenceman behind Tim Thomas. Pleks then fed a saucer pass to Gionta, who beat Thomas high.
The Canadiens outshot Florida 12-6, 25-11 through 40 minutes.
- David Desharnais beat Tim Thomas on the Canadiens' first shot, 6:23 into the game.
The home team dominated until Sean Bergenheim beat Carey Price on Florida's fourth shot of the game.
Thomas made 12 saves after conceding the goal.
Carey Price faced five shots – equalling Max Pacioretty's individual total ... plus hitting the goalpost.
The Panther paradox
Florida sits 15 points behind your Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Panthers have scored 11 fewer goals than the Canadiens.
They've allowed 32 more.
But for all the evident disparity in quality between the two teams, Florida has beaten the Canadiens twice this season: 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Dec. 15, 4-1 two weeks later in Sunrise.
In both games, Scott Clemmensen outgoaled Peter Budaj.
Carey Price will face the Panthers Monday night.
And P.K. Subban will strut his stuff one more time before the Olympic roster is announced on Tuesday.
Puck drops 7:40ish.
Check back later for live game blogging.
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