The Panthers sent Montembeault back to AHL Springfield on Friday, George Richards of The Athletic reports. Montembeault performed decently in his time between the pipes, posting a 3.05 GAA and an .894 save percentage over 11 appearances. He will return to the minors to gain some added seasoning with a Thunderbirds squad that has five games remaining in its season.
Montembeault made 35 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night. He also picked up an assist on the kitties' only regulation goal. Montembeault played a great game -- it's a fabulous way for him to end his season. Especially after scuffling recently. We're not sure Montembeault has done enough to prove he should be in the NHL next season, but we'll give him credit for a great game played.
Montembeault will post up between the pipes for Thursday's home game against the Islanders, George Richards of The Athletic reports. This will mark Montembeault's first appearance since March. 26, when the rookie let in three goals on 18 shots after replacing James Reimer in a 6-1 loss to the Canadiens. Monty is 4-3-1 with a 3.30 GAA and .882 save percentage through his first 10 NHL contests. Next up is a stiff test against a playoff-bound Islanders club that boasts an impressive road record of 22-14-3.
Montembeault allowed three goals on 18 shots after replacing James Reimer in the first period of Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Canadiens. Tuesday's result won't count towards Montembeault's record, which will remain at 4-3-1. He was pulled from his team's last game after giving up two goals on the first four shots, lasting just 4:21 before getting waved to the bench. With Roberto Luongo available, it's anybody's guess when Montembeault will next see a start.
Montembeault allowed two goals on four shots before getting replaced by Roberto Luongo early in the first period of Monday's 7-5 loss to the Maple Leafs. The rookie didn't last five minutes before getting the hook on the heels of coughing up a six-spot to the Bruins in his last start, although Luongo didn't fare much better in this one than Monty did. The Panthers are right back in action Tuesday in Montreal, and while Luongo was initially named the starter, it's unclear whether that plan will still be in place -- or whether it'll matter much which goalie is between the pipes after another ugly defensive performance on Florida's part.
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