Panthers Lose, Fall Further

With the Florida Panthers down by two goals late in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens, Peter DeBoer pulled his goalie with over two minutes left, hoping to do what so many teams have done to the Panthers this season. But Stephen Weiss’ late goal was not enough, and Florida dropped a 3-2 contest Wednesday night, in Montreal.

The loss was the Panthers seventh in their last eight games (1-3-4).

Weiss made things interesting in the final minutes, when he banged home a rebound off of a Michael Frolik shot. Frolik’s shot was kicked out by Montreal goalie Alex Auld, but Weiss was positioned perfectly for the rebound and put it into the open net. However, the Panthers were unable to get any sustained pressure after that.

Florida opened the scoring in the first period, when forward Scott Timmins scored his first career goal. With the Panthers on the offensive, Timmins backhanded a loose puck passed Auld, giving Florida an early lead.

Montreal tied the game in the second period, on a goal by Jeff Halpern. P.K. Subban backhanded a shot from the point, which deflected off of Halpern’s stick and into the net.

The Canadiens went up 2-1 later that period on a fluky goal, when a bouncing puck managed to find its way over Tomas Vokoun. Tomas Plekanec received credit for the goal.

Montreal scored what turned out to be the game winning goal, when Brian Gionta banked a loose puck off of a fallen Vokoun. The goal resulted from the Panthers familiar inability to finish, as Cory Stillman was stopped on a partial breakaway, before the rebound was taken the other way, leading to the goal.

Auld made 33 saves for Montreal, who won for the second night in a row.

The Panthers finish off their six game road trip in New Jersey, on Friday night.

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