NHL Game Summary - Florida at Montreal |
(Thursday, March 11th)
Final Score: Florida 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen scored his second goal of the
game 1:29 into overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the
Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Josh Olson also tallied for Florida, which stopped a three-game skid and won
for just the second time in seven contests (2-4-1). Roberto Luongo allowed
two goals on 34 shots in the victory.
Yanic Perreault and Francis Bouillon produced the goals for Montreal, which
had won three straight prior to the contest. Goaltender Mathieu Garon made 29
saves for the Canadiens, who remained in seventh place in the Eastern
Conference playoff race with the point. Montreal trails New Jersey by two
In the extra session, Jokinen gained the blue line down the left-wing side
and, with a Montreal defender draped on his shoulder, fired a wrister up high
over the shoulder of Garon and the Panthers skated off with the victory.
"This was a good game - we were really up for it," said Jokinen.
The Panthers are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Montreal (3-0-1).
"Florida has given us a hard time all year," said Montreal head coach Claude
The visitors opened up a 1-0 lead at the 8:32 mark of the first period. Jay
Bouwmeester streaked down the left-wing side on a 2-on-1 with Jokinen. At the
circle, he drew the Montreal defender to him and slid a centering pass to
Jokinen, whose one-timer from the slot beat Garon.
Shortly after failing on a power play, the Canadiens tied it up in the
second session. Luongo poke-checked the disc out of harm's way in front,
but it caromed onto the stick of Saku Koivu. The Montreal captain could not
control it, though, and the puck drifted out to the left hash mark before a
blast by Bouillon lit the lamp with 12:42 to go in the period.
Neither team was able to produce much offensively for the remainder of the
second period, as the ice was choppy with players from both sides falling.
"We were very flat for the first 40 minutes," Julien added.
Florida took a 2-1 led in the early stages of the third frame. Donald Audette
attempted a turnaround shot from along the goal line to the right of the net.
The save was made, but the rebound sat in the goal mouth before Olson put it
through Garon's five-hole just 1:40 in.
Just over two minutes later, Montreal again erased a one-goal deficit when
Perreault notched his 13th marker of the season. Luongo permitted a shaky
rebound that Perreault pounced on and put home at 3:47.
Audette had a chance to put the Panthers ahead late in the contest, but his
stuffer attempt at the right post was denied by Garon and the teams went into
The Panthers are 3-1-1 in the last five trips to the Bell Centre...All five
goals in the game were scored at even strength. Montreal had four power-play
chances, while Florida had five opportunities with the extra
skater...Jokinen, the Panthers' captain, scored his 20th and 21st goals of the
03/11 22:40:03 ET