Florida at Montreal

    Canadiens 6, Panthers 2

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    MONTREAL -- 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.

    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.

    Weiss scored off a rebound 18:07 into the third to make it 5-2.

    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
    8:32Power Play - David Booth - Assists: Dennis Wideman and Stephen Weiss
    15:57Jaroslav Spacek - Assists: Lars Eller and Michael Cammalleri
    18:29Tomas Plekanec - Assist: Yannick Weber
    2nd Period
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    3rd Period
    :44Tom Pyatt - Assists: Ben Maxwell and Yannick Weber
    3:47Tomas Plekanec - Assists: Lars Eller and Michael Cammalleri
    4:29Ryan White - Assist: Andreas Engqvist
    18:07Power Play - Stephen Weiss - Assists: David Booth and Dennis Wideman
    19:27Michael Cammalleri - Assists: Lars Eller and Josh Gorges
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    :47P.K. Subban: kneeing - minor
    2:34Michael Frolik: slashing - minor
    3:27Keaton Ellerby: elbowing - minor
    8:14Alex Henry: high-sticking - minor
    13:23Maxim Lapierre: holding stick - minor
    17:38P.K. Subban: cross-checking - minor
    2nd Period
    3:27Mike Duco: hooking - minor
    10:11Mike Duco: fighting - major
    10:11Ryan White: fighting - major
    13:22Ben Maxwell: interference - minor
    15:37Alex Henry: tripping - minor
    17:16Bryan McCabe: holding - minor
    3rd Period
    5:08Kenndal McArdle: roughing - double-minor
    5:08Benoit Pouliot: roughing - minor
    7:28Bryan Allen: interference - minor
    10:01Bryan Allen: cross-checking - minor
    10:01P.K. Subban: diving - minor
    12:47Mike Duco: fighting - major
    12:47Mike Duco: game misconduct - misconduct
    12:47Erik Gudbranson: fighting - major
    12:47Erik Gudbranson: misconduct - misconduct
    12:47abuse-of-officials - minor
    12:47Travis Moen: boarding - minor
    12:47Travis Moen: fighting - major
    12:47Travis Moen: misconduct - misconduct
    12:47Ryan White: fighting - major
    12:47Ryan White: game misconduct - misconduct
    13:08Keaton Ellerby: roughing - minor
    13:08Keaton Ellerby: fighting - major
    13:08Gabriel Dumont: fighting - major
    14:44Michal Repik: hooking - minor
    17:44Jaroslav Spacek: tripping - minor
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    Jacob Markstrom20:0094
    Tomas Vokoun39:51202
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    Referees - Dan O'Rourke, Frances Charron
    Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Derek Nansen
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