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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 4, Panthers 1

by Staff / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
Canadiens 2 1 1 0 4
FLA - B. Boyes (19)
MTL - T. Vanek (27), M. Pacioretty (34), M. Pacioretty (35), EN - D. Desharnais (15)

SUNRISE —  ( - The Montreal Canadiens' top line and their gold medal-winning goaltender were too much for the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Max Pacioretty scored twice, and Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais each had a goal and an assist to lead the surging Canadiens to a 4-1 victory at BB&T Center. It was Montreal's fifth consecutive victory and eighth in nine games..

"We generated a lot of shots, lot of chances but they sat back in the third and let us come at them. We tried to generate things but the lack of scoring really hurt us."

- Panthers forward Brad Boyes.
1. Vanek At The Disco: With the score tied at zero midway through the first period, the Habs’ deadline pickup from Long Island, Thomas Vanek, got the rouge, blanc et bleu (Google Translate it) on the board by firing home a loose puck after Panthers goaltender Dan Ellis made the initial stop. Coming down on a one-on-one, Vanek hammered a shot from the slot that managed to trickle through Ellis’ legs and settle perfectly in the crease for Vanek to tap home.

2. Mighty Max
: The Canadiens  executed a pair of pretty tic-tac-toe passing plays that resulted in goals. In both instances it was Max Pacioretty on the finishing end of the sequence. The two goals were the American forward’s 34th and 35th of the season. With the goals, Pacioretty became the first Canadien to reach the 35-goal plateau since Eric Cole accomplished the feat during the 2011-12 season.

3. All But Where It Counts: While the 4-1 score would indicate otherwise, the Panthers actually generated the majority of the game’s scoring chances. The Cats outshot the Canadiens 37-19 but could not solve Carey Price more than once as Brad Boyes netted his 19th of the season.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@SamousRulez: #ComebackCats #FlaPanthers Keep pushing them.

Can we get some IHOP up in here? GO PANTHERS #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Christopher Barrell: The Panthers have some young players, and a bright future!

Rich Bedford: Upshall and Boyes showed up.

3. Max Pacioretty led all players with three points, scoring two goals and one assist, extending his goal streak to three games (4-1-5) with two goals in the game.

5. With five shots, Dmitry Kulikov led all Cats defensemen in shots, and tied for the team lead with Sean Bergenheim..

19. With his goal tonight, Brad Boyes stretched his team leading total to 19 on the year.

27:28. Kulikov led all players from both teams tonight in TOI playing almost half of the entire game.

60. Center Scott Gomez won 60% of his draws (9/15).

Max Pacioretty
Recorded points on the Canadien's last three goals, scoring his team-leading 34th and 35th of the season before assisting on the empty netter.

2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, +3, 5 Shots, 18:59 TOI
The Panthers hit the road for their final road trip of the season, facing the Devils and Islanders on back-to-back nights. The Cats will first look to take the season series against the Devils Monday night after earning three out of a possible four points in the first two games (1-0-1). New Jersey (31-29-14) fell 2-1 in the shootout to the Islanders. Ageless one Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 60 points (23-37-60) and Patrik Elias has 51 points (17-34-51) in 59 games.

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