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Canadiens 6, Panthers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 6, Panthers 2
Florida Panthers 2, Montréal Canadiens 6

MONTREAL (AP) - Tomas Plekanec netted his second goal of the game during Montreal's three-goal spurt early in the third period, and the Canadiens topped the Florida Panthers 6-2 in a preseason game Monday night.

Tom Pyatt, Plekanec and Ryan White scored 3:45 apart as Montreal beat Jacob Markstrom on the first, fifth and sixth shots they took on the Florida backup.

Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists, and Lars Eller added three assists for the Canadiens.

Plekanec and Jaroslav Spacek scored in the first, and Carey Price made 19 saves for his first preseason win.

David Booth and Stephen Weiss each had a power-play goal and an assist for Florida, which lost for the first time in four preseason games.

Markstrom stopped 10 shots in the third. Tomas Vokoun made 19 saves in two periods.

Pyatt drove a slap shot past Markstrom 44 seconds into the third to increase Montreal's lead to 3-1. Plekanec scored his second at 3:47 to make it 4-1. White went to his backhand to score on the Canadiens' next shot at 4:29.

White and Florida's Mike Duco got major and game misconduct penalties amid a couple of fights at 12:47.

Erik Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in this year's draft, needed stitches to close a cut on his left eyebrow after he was punched by Montreal's Travis Moen.

"I was pinned against the boards, and the refs were holding onto my arms so I was kind of hung out to dry there," said Gudbrandson, who also had a bulging welt below his left eye.

Panthers coach Peter DeBoer thought Moen took advantage of the 18-year-old defenseman's predicament.

"I don't know when it became all right in this league for a veteran guy to get a young kid hurt and in a vulnerable position and to keep throwing punches," DeBoer said. "It was a play that I don't see how they can be proud of."

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said he "didn't really see" the incident.

"On our bench we don't have a good view how it started so I can't comment on that," Martin said.

Plekanec, who has four goals in three games, put Montreal up 2-1 with a short-handed goal late in the first.

Booth, who scored his third goal in two games, is bouncing back after playing only 25 games last season because of two concussions.

After tallying two goals in the Panthers' 3-2 win over Boston on Thursday in Rochester, N.Y, Booth put a rebound past Price to open the scoring 8:32 into the game.

Spacek got credit for the goal that drew the Canadiens even at 1 when his shot struck Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on its way past Vokoun at 15:57.

Booth earned his fourth point in two games with an assist when Weiss scored off a rebound 18:07 into the third to make it 5-2.

"He looks like he's back to the same old David Booth," DeBoer said. "He's going into traffic, he's creating chances, he's using his speed, he's been physical - he looks like he's back and that's a good sign for us."

Cammalleri scored with 33 seconds remaining.

Price, the Canadiens' uncontested No. 1 goalie after playoff hero Jaroslav Halak was traded to St. Louis, came up with his best result in three games. It didn't take much, though, to improve his outings in losses to Boston and Ottawa.

The 23-year-old Price entered with a 6.67 goals-against-average and a .750 save percentage after allowing 10 goals on 40 shots through his first 90 minutes of action.





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scoring summary
1st Period
08:32
FLA
PPG - David Booth (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dennis Wideman (1), Stephen Weiss (1)
1 - 0 FLA
15:57
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Lars Eller (1), Mike Cammalleri (1)
1 - 1 Tie
18:29
MTL
SHG - Tomas Plekanec (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Yannick Weber (1)
2 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:44
MTL
Tom Pyatt (1) Slapshot - ASST: Ben Maxwell (1), Yannick Weber (2)
3 - 1 MTL
03:47
MTL
Tomas Plekanec (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Lars Eller (2), Mike Cammalleri (2)
4 - 1 MTL
04:29
MTL
Ryan White (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Andreas Engqvist (1)
5 - 1 MTL
18:07
FLA
PPG - Stephen Weiss (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Booth (1), Dennis Wideman (2)
5 - 2 MTL
19:27
MTL
Mike Cammalleri (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Lars Eller (3), Josh Gorges (1)
6 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:47
MTL
P.K. Subban  Kneeing  - 2 min against  Shawn Matthias
02:34
FLA
Michael Frolik  Slashing  - 2 min against  Yannick Weber
03:27
FLA
Keaton Ellerby  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Yannick Weber
08:14
MTL
Alex Henry  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Shawn Matthias
13:23
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Shawn Matthias
17:38
MTL
P.K. Subban  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Radek Dvorak
2nd Period
03:27
FLA
Mike Duco  Hooking  - 2 min against  Gabriel Dumont
10:11
FLA
Mike Duco  Fighting  - 5 min against  Ryan White
10:11
MTL
Ryan White  Fighting  - 5 min against  Mike Duco
13:22
MTL
Ben Maxwell  Interference  - 2 min against  Dennis Wideman
15:37
MTL
Alex Henry  Tripping  - 2 min against  Shawn Matthias
17:16
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Holding  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
3rd Period
05:08
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Roughing  - 2 min against  Kenndal McArdle
05:08
FLA
Kenndal McArdle  Roughing  - 2 min against  Benoit Pouliot
05:08
FLA
Kenndal McArdle served by Michal Repik  Roughing  - 2 min against  Benoit Pouliot
07:28
FLA
Bryan Allen  Interference  - 2 min against  Jaroslav Spacek
10:01
FLA
Bryan Allen  Cross checking  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban
10:01
MTL
P.K. Subban  Diving  - 2 min against  Bryan Allen
12:47
MTL
Travis Moen  Fighting  - 5 min against  Erik Gudbranson
12:47
FLA
Erik Gudbranson  Fighting  - 5 min against  Travis Moen
12:47
MTL
Ryan White  Fighting  - 5 min against  Mike Duco
12:47
FLA
Mike Duco  Fighting  - 5 min against  Ryan White
12:47
MTL
Travis Moen  Boarding  - 2 min against  Evgenii Dadonov
12:47
MTL
Travis Moen  Misconduct  - 10 min
12:47
FLA
Erik Gudbranson  Misconduct  - 10 min
12:47
MTL
Ryan White  Game misconduct  - 10 min
12:47
FLA
Mike Duco  Game misconduct  - 10 min
12:47
FLA
Scott Timmins  Abuse of officials  - 2 min
13:08
MTL
Gabriel Dumont  Fighting  - 5 min against  Keaton Ellerby
13:08
FLA
Keaton Ellerby  Fighting  - 5 min against  Gabriel Dumont
13:08
FLA
Keaton Ellerby served by Evgenii Dadonov  Roughing  - 2 min against  Gabriel Dumont
14:44
FLA
Michal Repik  Hooking  - 2 min against  David Desharnais
17:44
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping  - 2 min against  Michal Repik
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 22TOI: 39:51
GA: 2SV%: .909
Jacob Markstrom
Jacob Markstrom
SA: 13TOI: 20:00
GA: 4SV%: .692
Carey Price
SA: 21TOI: 59:58
GA: 2SV%: .905