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Gionta lifts Canadiens over Panthers 2-1 with goal in second period

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 10:39 PM

The Canadian Press

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Gionta lifts Canadiens over Panthers 2-1 with goal in second period
Florida Panthers 1, Montréal Canadiens 2
Three Stars of the Game
Tomas Plekanec
1st
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:02
Max Pacioretty
2nd
G: 0Shots: 9
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:13
Carey Price
3rd
SA: 27TOI: 59:57
GA: 1EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .963SH: 0-0

MONTREAL - Brian Gionta's second-period goal gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night at the Bell Centre.

David Desharnais also scored for Montreal (25-14-5), while Carey Price stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Sean Bergenheim was the lone scorer for the Panthers (16-21-6). Tim Thomas made 33 saves.

Gionta scored the winner for the Canadiens at 15:46 of the second. Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski gave the puck away softly behind the Florida net to Tomas Plekanec, who fed a wide-open Gionta for his seventh goal of the year.

The win was Montreal's first against Florida this season. The Panthers beat the Habs twice last month.

Montreal opened the score at 6:23 of the first period on the team's first shot on net. Desharnais used Panthers defenceman Tom Gilbert as a screen to beat Thomas with a shot to his left.

Desharnais took a pass from Max Pacioretty while crossing the blue-line to start the play, fanned on the initial shot, but recovered to score his sixth goal of the year, on the backhand.

Montreal gained momentum after the goal, outshooting Florida 9-0 over the next 10 minutes.

But it was the Panthers that equalized against the run of play. Bergenheim beat Price at 17:09 with a backhand goal similar to Desharnais's earlier shots.

Rookie Aleksander Barkov had an assist on the goal, his team-leading 15th of the year, to extend his point streak to six games — the longest point streak by a rookie in Panthers history.

Bergenheim almost gave the Panthers the lead a minute later, but his shot rang off the crossbar.

Florida took 16 shots on Price in the third period, but couldn't find the equalizer.

The Panthers and Canadiens meet for the fourth and final time this season on March 29 in Sunrise, Florida.

Notes: Jovanovski was back in the Panthers' lineup after undergoing hip surgery last April. He made his season debut on Saturday in a win over the Nashville Predators. … Ryan White missed the game due to an upper-body injury sustained on Thursday against the Dallas Stars. He is expected to be out two weeks. … Pacioretty finished the game with nine shots on net. … Hockey Canada will announce its Olympic roster on Tuesday. Montreal's Price and defenceman P.K. Subban are expected to make the cut. … The Canadiens head to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Wednesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:23
MTL
David Desharnais (6) ASST: Max Pacioretty (7), Brendan Gallagher (10)
1 - 0 MTL
17:09
FLA
Sean Bergenheim (10) ASST: Aleksander Barkov (15), Brad Boyes (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:46
MTL
Brian Gionta (7) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (14)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
07:01
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
07:01
FLA
Mike Weaver  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
11:49
FLA
Krys Barch  Hi-sticking against  Brendan Gallagher
18:42
MTL
P.K. Subban  Interference against  Scottie Upshall
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:06
MTL
Michael Bournival  Hooking against  Shawn Matthias
09:24
FLA
Sean Bergenheim  Closing hand on puck
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
10-11-2
SA: 35TOI: 59:05
Saves: 33EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2
Carey Price
SA: 27TOI: 59:57
Saves: 26EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0