National Hockey League

Bourque helps Habs dump Panthers in OT

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Rene Bourque scored the game winner 2:10 into overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday at BB&T Center.

Carey Price posted 26 saves to notch his 17th career shutout and help Montreal earn its second consecutive win on the heels of a three-game slide.

Jose Theodore performed admirably in defeat, stopping 31-of-32 shots for the Panthers, who have lost three straight and four of their last five.

After neither team found the back of the net over the first 60 minutes, Bourque finally broke the scoreless deadlock just over two minutes into the extra session.

Alex Galchenyuk chipped the puck into the offensive zone before recovering the disc near the left circle. The Montreal forward then had his centering feed deflected into the air off the stick of a Florida defenseman, but Bourque was there to bat the puck out of midair and send the Canadiens to victory.

Montreal outshot Florida, 21-13, over the opening 40 minutes, but the visitors were unable to capitalize on a trio of power plays to keep the game scoreless.

Florida fought back with a strong final frame, outshooting the Canadiens, 13-9, but Price was able to keep the Panthers off the board to force overtime.

Game Notes

Florida swept the season series last year, but Montreal has taken both meetings this season, including a 4-1 decision in Montreal on Jan. 22 ... Montreal finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Florida went 0-for-2 ... Montreal hosts Philadelphia on Saturday ... Florida host Tampa Bay on Saturday.

02/14 22:54:34 ET

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