Montreal at Florida

Canadiens rally from two-goal deficit, win in OT wire reports

SUNRISE, Fla. -- James Wisniewski is fitting in quite nicely with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Montreal newcomer scored his second goal of the game 3:41 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Wisniewski, acquired from the New York Islanders on Tuesday, scored the winner off a rebound of Michael Cammalleri's shot. The defenseman had a power-play goal in the second period.

"Hopefully, our fans can celebrate a good New Year now," Wisniewski said. "We were struggling, so to come back from down 2-0 and get the win is big for us. Now, hopefully, we can build on this."

Wisniewski impressed his new coach by the way he trailed and then skated in on the game's final play.

"I love how he followed the play in overtime to get the winner," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. "He's a smart player, and I like the way he moves the puck and shoots the puck."

Brian Gionta also scored and Alex Auld stopped 20 shots to help the Canadiens, coming off a 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday night, overcome a 2-0 deficit to finish 2-5 on their seven-game trip.

"We were all feeling the pressure," Cammalleri said. "We wanted to get out of it and we were able to get out of it. Sometimes to get out of these it takes a game like this where you don't score six or seven goal, but it takes 64 minutes and 48 shots to get it done."

Stephen Weiss and Dmitry Kulikov scored for Florida in a 1:45 span early in the second period. Tomas Vokoun made 45 saves for the Panthers.

"We have to be a little smarter the way we manage the game when it's 2-0. We say that over and over, we just got to do it," Vokoun said.

Weiss opened the scoring 28 seconds into the second with his 11th goal. He put in a rebound from Dennis Wideman's shot that Auld was unable to control.

Kulikov scored his third goal at 2:13 when he wristed a shot from the point. Evgeny Dadonov nearly redirected the puck, which got past Auld thanks to traffic in front of the net.

Wisniewski and Gionta tied it with power-play goals midway through the second period.

Wisniewski scored at 10:59, his fourth goal and first with Montreal. At 12:54, Gionta redirected Chris Gomez's feed past Vokoun. It was Gionta's 13th goal.


  • The Canadiens traded C Maim Lapierre to Anaheim on Friday for D Brett Festerling and a fifth-round pick in 2012.
  • Florida placed C Steve Reinprecht on waivers.
  • With a large contingent of Canadiens fans in attendance, the crowd noise made it seem like a Montreal home game.
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Florida's David Booth and Montreal's Yannick Weber battle for a loose puck in Sunrise, Fla. (AP)
Florida's David Booth and Montreal's Yannick Weber battle for a loose puck in Sunrise, Fla. (AP)
Montreal  (21-16-2) «02013
Florida (16-17-2)02002
Three Stars
J. Wisniewski

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
T. Vokoun

Saves: 45
Save Pct.: .938
S. Gomez

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
28.0 - Stephen Weiss (11), Tip-In. Assist: Higgins, Wideman
02:13 - Dmitry Kulikov (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Santorelli, Booth
10:59Power Play - James Wisniewski (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Hamrlik, Gomez
12:54Power Play - Brian Gionta (13), Tip-In. Assist: Gomez, Wisniewski
03:41 - James Wisniewski (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cammalleri, Plekanec
Penalty Summary
03:38Plekanec, 2 min, Tripping
08:39Olesz, 2 min, Holding
15:32Subban, 2 min, Holding
17:42Auld, 2 min, Delay of Game
09:05Dvorak, 2 min, Holding
11:05Santorelli, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
15:59Subban, 2 min, Interference
17:16Spacek, 2 min, Holding the Stick
18:05Dadonov, 2 min, Interference
09:53Kostitsyn, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Alex Auld 63:41202
Tomas Vokoun 63:19453
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Referees - Mike Leggo, Rob Martell
Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Tim Nowak
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