Montreal at Florida

Stillman sets up three goals as Panthers crush Canadiens

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The way Florida Panthers coach Pete DeBoer saw it, his team put together a near-perfect game.

Jay Bouwmeester and Stephen Weiss scored power-play goals in the first period and the Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Thursday.

"You don't get many nights like that as a coach where you walk out and feel pretty good about almost every component of how the game went," DeBoer said. "Now it's going to be up to us to reproduce that."

Richard Zednik, Radek Dvorak and Michael Frolik also scored for the Panthers, 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. Weiss added two assists, and Cory Stillman helped set up three goals.

"Probably our best 60 minutes of the season from a system point of view and how we want to play," DeBoer said. "I think we've done a good job of playing to our identity in spurts and at times. Tonight it was the full 60 minutes. I thought we were good from the goaltender on out."

Dvorak's goal came on a penalty shot at 11:03 of the third period and gave Florida a 4-1 lead.

Robert Lang scored a power-play goal for Montreal, which ended a five-game road trip with four consecutive losses. The Canadiens, on their longest losing streak since March 2007, gave up at least four goals in every game of the trip.

"We have to find that desperation back in our game," defenseman Mike Komisarek said. "We need that one shift, one period, one game to get us back on track, and get us playing with confidence, with poise and playing together."

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for Florida, improving to 6-1-2 in his last nine starts.

All-Star starter Carey Price, making his third start since missing eight games because of an ankle injury, stopped 31 shots in the loss.

Price hurled his equipment bag in disgust in the locker room before speaking to reporters after the game.

"You go from having the best time of your life to the worst time of your life," Price said. "We've got to pull together. We can't start pointing fingers now or you'll never dig yourself out of the hole."

Montreal had won the three previous meetings this season.

Bouwmeester opened the scoring at 3:54 with his team-leading seventh power-play goal. He put in a rebound after Price stopped Stillman s wrist shot from the wing.

Weiss scored at 15:36 on Florida's third power play of the first period.

After Florida came close to scoring a couple of times, Weiss' tip-in of Stillman's pass from behind the net bounced in off Price's pads.

"It's a funny game," Weiss said. "Sometimes the last few games it seems like the game is going really hard. It feels like you're going one way and the puck is going the other way. Tonight, kind of the opposite."

After Lang made it 2-1 at 53 seconds of the second period, Zednik restored Florida's two-goal lead. Zednik took David Booth's pass off the boards in the Montreal zone and skated around defenseman Josh Gorges. Zednik held the puck while being tripped by Price and scored into an open net while falling.

"It was a great effort on his part and a good goal," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "But we were still there at 3-1. Our confidence is really low right now and we seemed to go down instead of picking it up and helping each other after that. It was a tough goal for us."

Dvorak was awarded a penalty shot when he was hooked from behind by Komisarek while on a breakaway. He beat Price with a wrist shot to the glove side on the penalty shot.

Frolik then tipped in Weiss' pretty no-look backhand pass to make it 5-1 at 13:55.

"It was unbelievable," Frolik said. "I think he saw me before and he just threw it. It was right on my tape. It was an amazing pass."

Notes

  • Montreal's previous longest losing streak was three games. The Canadiens lost to Tampa Bay, Washington and Carolina in mid-December.
  • Florida improved to 18-1-1 when leading after two periods.
  • Canadiens D Andrei Markov had his streak of consecutive games with an assist snapped at nine.
  • Montreal missed a chance to sweep its first season series against Florida since the Panthers entered the NHL in the 1993-94 campaign.
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Radek Dvorak converts a penalty shot with a wrister over Carey Price's left shoulder. (AP)
Radek Dvorak converts a penalty shot with a wrister over Carey Price's left shoulder. (AP)

Scoreboard
Montreal (27-15-6)0101
Florida  (23-17-8) «2125
Three Stars
S. Weiss
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
R. Zednik
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
K. Ballard
FLA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:54Power Play - Jay Bouwmeester (11), Tip-In. Assist: Weiss, Stillman
15:36Power Play - Stephen Weiss (8), Tip-In. Assist: Stillman, Horton
2ND PERIOD
53.0Power Play - Robert Lang (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Koivu, Kovalev
14:44Richard Zednik (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Booth, Horton
3RD PERIOD
11:13Radek Dvorak (8), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
13:55Michael Frolik (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Weiss, Stillman
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:33Gorges, 2 min, Roughing
12:00Bouillon, 2 min, Tripping
14:52Lang, 2 min, Hooking
18:40Frolik, 2 min, Hooking
19:50Skrastins, 2 min, Cross-Checking
2ND PERIOD
03:55Brisebois, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Montreal10101636
Florida11101536
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Carey Price59:55315
Tomas Vokoun59:48351
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Montreal1-for-2
Florida2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 16334
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Rob Martell
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Tony Sericolo
 
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