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game recap

Weiss leads Panthers past Canadiens in 4-2 win

Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 8:32 PM

NHL.com

Three Stars of the Game
Stephen Weiss
1st
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 23:06
Sean Bergenheim
2nd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 15:56
Mikael Samuelsson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:27
Stephen Weiss thanked the Florida Panthers for a pre-game ceremony in his honor the best way he knew how.

The franchise's leader in games played scored twice and added an assist, leading the Panthers to a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at the BankAtlantic Center on Sunday night.

Sean Bergenheim and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida and Scott Clemmensen made 18 saves.

Weiss was honored in a pregame ceremony for breaking the Panthers' record (614) for games played on Thursday. His parents, Karl and Linda, and brother, Jeff, were in attendance.

"It's awesome for them to be here. It means a lot to me and them," Weiss said. "It's nice to get that win and a couple goals for them."

David Desharnais and P.K. Subban scored goals for Montreal, while Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots. The Canadiens have lost six of their past seven games and four straight.

"This losing streak is not easy on anybody," Montreal coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "The one thing you have to do is have a little pride and you have to keep working hard."

The Panthers scored twice in the first four minutes of the second to take a 3-2 lead.

Florida opened the second on the power play. Bergenheim took a shot from low in the left circle that beat Budaj and made it 2-all.

Weiss got his second goal when he grabbed a rebound in front and poked in the puck at 4:01 to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead.

"It was nice to get a couple bounces," Weiss said.

The Panthers overcame a two-goal deficit for the second consecutive night. The Panthers trailed Carolina 2-0 before winning 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night.

"We proved last night that we can come back and win it," Clemmensen said. "It is fresh in our minds and we were able to put it together again tonight. It was a big two points."

Campbell scored on a slap shot from the high slot at 9:52 of the third to make the score 4-2.

"They came at us in waves early. Give Montreal credit, they played an extremely hard game," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "We had an answer for it tonight, which was nice."

Trailing 2-0, the Panthers closed to 2-1 on Weiss’s first goal. Weiss took a pass from Keaton Ellerby in the slot, turned and wristed the puck past Budaj at 11:36 of the first. It was Weiss's first goal in 12 games.

"It was a big goal just to give us a little life, being down two," Weiss said.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead 4:27 in, when Erik Cole took a shot that was blocked and Desharnais wristed the rebound past Clemmensen.

The Canadiens stretched their lead to 2-0 on Subban's power-play goal with a two-man advantage. Subban took the puck in the left circle, moved it to the slot, and fired a shot that went over Clemmensen's shoulder at 6:55.

The Canadiens only took four shots in the second period.

"We're getting chances, but we can't seem to get over the hurdle," Desharnais said. "It isn't for lack of effort, we just have to find a way to push through this. It's not a position we want to be in by any means. We're fighting ourselves mentally right now."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
04:27
MTL
David Desharnais (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Cole (23)
1 - 0 MTL
06:55
MTL
PPG - P.K. Subban (4) Snap shot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (25), David Desharnais (34)
2 - 0 MTL
11:36
FLA
Stephen Weiss (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Keaton Ellerby (4)
2 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
01:09
FLA
PPG - Sean Bergenheim (14) Snap shot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (11), Scott Clemmensen (1)
2 - 2 Tie
04:01
FLA
Stephen Weiss (15) Tip-in - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (12), Sean Bergenheim (3)
3 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
09:52
FLA
Brian Campbell (4) Slapshot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (30), Sean Bergenheim (4)
4 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
03:53
FLA
Sean Bergenheim  Holding against  P.K. Subban
03:57
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
06:23
FLA
Tomas Kopecky  Hooking against  Raphael Diaz
06:23
FLA
Kris Versteeg  Tripping against  Alexei Emelin
20:00
MTL
Ryan White  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Gudbranson
20:00
FLA
Erik Gudbranson  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan White
20:00
MTL
P.K. Subban  Slashing against  Tomas Fleischmann
2nd Period
16:30
FLA
Krys Barch  Boarding against  Aaron Palushaj
18:55
FLA
Mike Santorelli  Too many men/ice - bench
19:10
FLA
Jason Garrison  Roughing against  Erik Cole
19:10
MTL
Erik Cole  Roughing against  Jason Garrison
3rd Period
03:58
MTL
Yannick Weber  Holding against  Sean Bergenheim
10:53
MTL
Raphael Diaz  Holding against  Sean Bergenheim
15:53
MTL
Lars Eller  Cross checking against  Stephen Weiss
19:14
FLA
Tomas Kopecky  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
19:14
MTL
P.K. Subban  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 32TOI: 58:33
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 20TOI: 59:57
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0