NHL Game Summary - Florida at Montreal
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: Florida 1, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Viktor Kozlov score his first power play goal of the year with just 1:12 remaining to lift the Florida Panthers into a 1-1 tie with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Michael Ryder scored the lone Montreal goal earlier in the third, and Jose Theodore stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced for the Canadiens, who recorded their fifth point in their last four games (2-1-1).
Roberto Luongo had 36 saves, including four in the extra session, as the Panthers ran their winless streak to three games (0-1-2).
It took until the third period for Montreal to find the back of the net. Just over four minutes in, Sheldon Souray blasted a shot from the left point that hit a post. The rebound kicked out to Patrice Brisebois, and he carried the puck behind the net and sent it over to Ryder at the opposite post. Ryder then rammed the puck home.
Olli Jokinen broke free with 11 1/2 minutes to go and went in on Theodore in behind the defense. Theodore stopped the shot, but Jokinen drew a slashing penalty on Souray. Then, just as the penalty expired, Kristian Huselius was stopped on a breakaway by Theodore.
But with just over two minutes remaining, Craig Rivet was send off for holding Mike Van Ryn in front of the net, giving the Panthers one last chance. They would take advantage when Jay Boumeester found Kozlov on the left doorstep, and he roofed a shot past Theodore with 1:12 to go.
In the extra session, Mike Ribeiro had a point-blank slapshot on Luongo with one minute to go, and Kozlov had a backhander go off Theodore's blocker and then the right post 30 seconds later, but neither team could solve the opponent's netminder.
After a scoreless first period, Montreal had a couple of excellent scoring chances late in the second. Chad Kilger broke in on Luongo at the six-minute mark, went behind the net, and tried a wraparound stuffer.
Just under four minutes later, Pierre Dagenais ripped a rising slapshot glove side from the top of the right circle. However, Luongo was up to the task both times.
Montreal led in shots 22-16 after the first 40 minutes.
Florida, 5-7-2 on the road, will open a four-game homestand Wednesday against Ottawa...The Canadiens went 3-1 against the Panthers last season and are 5-3-3 in the last 11 meetings. Florida, however, has won two if its last three at Bell Centre...Montreal, 5-6-2 on home ice, will invite Tampa Bay to town on Tuesday... Theodore has 99 career wins.
11/29 22:05:31 ET