Panthers edge Habs in Montreal

Updated: December 15, 2013

Montreal, QC ( – In the midst of playing their best hockey,
the Florida Panthers kept it going with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal
Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves for a Panthers team that survived a frantic
finish and has won three games in a row for the first time this season. Jesse
Winchester and Nick Bjugstad both scored in the second period for Florida,
which is 5-1-0 in its last six contests.

Peter Budaj stopped 23 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped three of

Alex Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal 2:28 into the third period, sweeping
a rebound past Clemmensen from in front, but the Montreal forward was robbed
later on a two-man advantage by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

With Clemmensen out of position, Galchenyuk had an open net at which to shoot,
but Kulikov got in the way to preserve Florida’s one-goal lead.

A kicking motion wiped out a potential game-sealing tally for the Panthers’
Brad Boyes with 1:09 remaining.

The Canadiens were buzzing around the Florida zone down the stretch, but
couldn’t produce an equalizer.

Winchester was all alone in front of the Montreal net and beat Budaj for a 1-0
Panthers lead 4:44 into the middle stanza. Bjugstad made it 2-0 at 7:11.

Game Notes

Florida played without forward Jonathan Huberdeau (foot) … Panthers forward
Scottie Upshall picked up his 200th career point with the secondary assist on
Bjugstad’s goal … The Panthers began a four-game road trip through Canada.