Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Carey Price made 24 saves to lead the
Montreal Canadiens in a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
The win gives Montreal 106 points on the season and moves it two points ahead
of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division with two games to play
for both teams.
Tomas Plekanec and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau both posted a goal and an assist
and Brendan Gallagher and Devante Smith-Pelly each added a goal for the
Canadiens, who snapped a three-game slide.
Aaron Ekblad had the only goal of the game for the Panthers, who were
eliminated from postseason contention on Saturday, and have lost three of
Montreal opened the scoring in the game with a 5-on-3 goal at 6:36 of the
first as Plekanec’s attempt at a cross-ice pass from a sharp angle at the
right side found its way in for his 24th goal of the season.
Florida tied the game with a power-play goal of its own at 6:20 on Ekblad’s
12th of the season, but the Canadiens scored three straight to take over.
P.K. Subban caught up to the puck at the right boards and quickly sent it to
the left side where Gallagher one-timed it home at 7:06 of the second.
Just under 4 1/2 minutes later, Parenteau went coast-to-coast, throwing a shot
on net as three defenders converged on him and snapping home his own rebound
for his eighth of the season.
With 2:18 to play in the second, the Habs made it a 4-1 game after Parenteau
stole the puck at the low right circle and passed it to the front where Smith-
Pelly one-timed it home.
Price stopped all nine shots he faced in the third to keep Florida from any
hopes of a comeback.
Montreal hosts Detroit on Thursday … Florida hosts Boston on Thursday …
Florida was 1-for-4 on the power play while Boston went 1-for-7 … Montreal
forward Max Pacioretty left the game early in the first after hitting his head
against the boards after a check.