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Ryder scores 2 power-play goals, Canadiens top Panthers 5-2

Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Ryder scores 2 power-play goals, Canadiens top Panthers 5-2

SUNRISE, Fla. - Michael Ryder scored two power-play goals, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday night.

David Desharnais, Brian Gionta, and Francis Bouillon also scored, and P.K. Subban had three assists. Ryder has seven assists and two goals in seven games since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 26.

Peter Budaj stopped 14 shots for the Canadiens, who won for the fourth time on their five-game trip and earned their ninth road victory of the season. The Canadiens swept the season series from the Panthers.

Tomas Kopecky and Shawn Matthias scored for Florida, and Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves. The Panthers have lost six of seven and 13 of 16.

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