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Panthers Wrap-Up: Canadiens 5, Panthers 2

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 2
Canadiens 2 2 1 0 5
FLA - T. Kopecky (10), S. Matthias (7)
MTL - D. Desharnais (8), PP - M. Ryder (7), B. Gionta (9), F. Bouillon (1), PP - M. Ryder (8)

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.

"It’s unacceptable. I’ve been through this before. It’s not fun. I’m sick of losing, I’m sick of being down, it’s wearing on you. I’m just really tired of it, we need to change things. We need to turn this ship around. It’s just frustrating now, it’s gone on long enough."

- Panthers forward Shawn Matthias.
1. Canadiens Stranglehold 40: In a scene that has been unfortunately been playing over and over again, the Panthers gave up an early goal to the opposing team. This time, the Canadiens got on the board 1:46 in as David Desharnais scored on the rush, going top shelf over Jacob Markstrom. The visitors came out flying and didn't look like a team that played the night before and had to fight back from a two goal deficit to win. They kept the Panthers on their toes and drew a penalty and made it a two goal game as Michael Ryder scored on the power play at the 8:42 mark. In the second, it was more of the same as Brian Gionta scored on a rebound with 4:25 to play in the period and Francis Bouillon increased the lead to four 2:12 later. The Canadiens really dominated the first forty minutes, outshooting the Panthers by a 26-12 margin.

2. Gaining Some Momentum: The Panthers made it a game, recording two goals in the first 14 minutes of the third period. First it was a bit of luck and pressure that got them on the board. Tomas Kopecky fired a shot that Peter Budaj stopped. The puck came to Bouillon's stick and with Jack Skille pressuring, the defenseman scored on his own team. The goal, which came at the 7:59 mark, was credited to Kopecky. That line (Kopecky, Skille and Shawn Matthias) has been great for the Panthers (see below) as the trio brought the Panthers to within two when Skille set up Matthias on a rush and the forward recorded his fourth goal in the last six games, going top shelf with 6:03 to play. The tide seemed to be turning just a little.

3. Not Enough, Again: The Panthers did gain some momentum but a late penalty was costly to their comeback hopes. Forward Kris Versteeg went to the box for holding in the offensive zone and the Canadiens made them pay 38 seconds into the man advantage with Ryder tipping a PK Subban point shot past Markstrom for the fifth goal of the game and the nail in the coffin. The Panthers keep giving up early goals and attempt to come back. They've lost their last three games and six of their last seven.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@echelonjimmy: Another bad loss for @FlaPanthers the only thing to save is the beautiful goal by mathias! #nhl

@BBQpancakes: @FlaPanthers I remember when the Panthers would win... #Itwasawesome

@me_kimba: Hang in there... I know I am! RT"@FlaPanthers: That's the game as the #FlaPanthers fall 5-2 to the Canadiens.

@YouAre138: Just saw the score of the #FlaPanthers game. I've never been so happy to have been called into work.

@MiamiSports90s: Im a #Panthers fan but gotta say the facts that we suck this year! #Panthers lose again 5-2 to #Canadiens =(!! 7-13 20 Points #FLAPanthers.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Alejandro Hernandez: RE-GROUP

Kean Steinkellner: The biggest issue is every time they score a goal a penalty is given away less than 2 minutes later...never going to win doing that.

Jeff Carter: I have anger issues so I have to shut the game off every time the cats go down by 3. it's an even shorter season for me...

Mirko Kunstek: All I gotta say is tighten up Panthers.

Terry Hanley: There is a lot of young talent so now's the time to let them get their feet wet. The season's going nowhere, so learning & character building is what's left..

1. The Panthers streak of winning at least one game in a season series against Montreal is over as they went 0-2-1 in this season's series. Florida had won at least one game in the team's first 17 seasons.

2. The Panthers gave up two power play goals. Both came off the stick of Canadiens forward Michael Ryder as he scored the team's second and fifth goals of the game.

4. Shawn Matthias recorded his seventh goal of the season and it was his fourth tally in the last six games. With the goal, Matthias actually has a career-high four-game point streak (3-1-4).

10. Tomas Kopecky continues to put up the points. With his 10th goal of the season in the third period, he has recorded 10 points in the last last 13 games (8-2-10). The 10 goals has already tied last season's total and is five short of a career high.

22. Florida recorded a season low 16 shots on net against Montreal. The Panthers, in fact, were outshot by 22 with the Canadiens posting 38 on netminder Jacob Makrstrom.

Michael Ryder
Had a hand in three of Montreal's five goals, including scoring the Canadien's second and fifth goals on the power play.

2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, 2 Shots, +2, 14:46 TOI
Florida next plays on Tuesday when they close out their three-game home stand against cross state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the third game in the season series with the Lightning winning the first two games. In the first contest at the BB&T Center this season, Tampa scored in the dying seconds to tie the game at five and then won it 1:19 into overtime as Benoit Pouliot score the winner. In their previous game on Saturday night, Tampa Bay held a 3-1 lead over Montreal after two periods of play only to fall 4-3 in regulation. The Lightning hold a 10-14-1 record on the season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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