BATHURST - The Canadiens defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in the 2019 Kraft Hockeyville game at the KC Irving Centre on Wednesday night.
Charlie Lindgren was given the start in goal, and played the entire game, turning aside 18 shots. Michael McNiven served as his backup.
The Habs struck first on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play that started with Jake Evans. The 23-year-old pivot sent it cross-ice to Alex Belzile who dished it to Matthew Peca, who was waiting patiently in the crease to bury it home at the 5:47 mark.
With just over four minutes left in the opening frame, Evgenii Dadonov wristed it past Lindgren from the slot to even the score.
In the second, Jeff Petry gave the Habs their second lead of the night when his shot from the point beat Panthers netminder Chris Driedger.
Video: FLA@MTL: Petry sneaks home a long slap shot
Mike Hoffman tied things up again for Florida at 10:57 of the middle frame.
Six minutes and 38 seconds into the third, Jonathan Huberdeau lit the lamp to give the Panthers their first lead of the night.
With less than nine minutes to go, Riley Barber scored the equalizer.
Video: FLA@MTL: Barber nets equalizer on the rush
Then, Alex Belzile scored a shorthanded goal to make it 4-3 Montreal.
Video: FLA@MTL: Belzile puts Canadiens ahead with SHG
The Habs and the Cats won't have to wait long for a rematch, as Florida visits the Bell Centre on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, click here.