NHL Game Summary - Florida at Montreal
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Florida 3 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu scored with only four seconds remaining in overtime, as the Montreal Canadiens knocked off the Florida Panthers, 4-3, at the Bell Centre.
Koivu had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, who ended a two-game losing streak and have won six of their last eight contests. Yann Danis made 27 stops in net and Mathieu Dandenault picked up two assists.
Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray sent a clearing attempt up to Florida's blue line, where Koivu took control of the puck, skated in on Roberto Luongo, and on his backhand, chipped the puck over the goaltender's shoulder.
Luongo made 42 saves for Florida, which has lost nine straight games. Olli Jokinen, Gregory Campbell, and Stephen Weiss all scored for Florida.
The Canadiens entered the third period with a 3-0 cushion, but the Panthers clawed back, scoring three consecutive goals to send the game into overtime.
Campbell scored his first goal of the season at the 2:24 mark, getting the Panthers on the board at 3-1.
Just 62 seconds later, Jokinen scored on the power play, putting the Panthers within 3-2. Jokinen set up down low in the right corner, then skated out to the side of the net and roofed the puck past Danis.
At the 15:11 mark, Weiss would stun the Canadiens and tie the game after crashing the net and stuffing a rebound past Danis for his fifth goal of the season.
In the overtime, both teams went back and forth with chances, before Koivu ended it late.
"We outplayed them for the most part and got a little luck, but we never gave up even when they tied it up," said Koivu.
Montreal came out of the gate flying in the first period and scored 11:55 into the game. On the power play, Zednik would re-direct a backhand pass from Koivu in front that beat Luongo short-side.
The Canadiens went up 2-0 two minutes later when Steve Begin beat Luongo five-hole after being let go all alone in the slot. The goal was Begin's seventh of the season at 13:50.
Koivu would net his sixth of the year at the 12:19 mark of the second. After a scrum in front for a loose puck, Koivu dove and pushed the disc past Luongo's right pad giving the Habs a 3-0 lead.
"Koivu is a great player and a clutch player, you have to watch him and pay special attention to him all the time," said Luongo.
Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He is expected to be sidelined four to eight weeks...Montreal was 1-of-4 on the power play and the Panthers were 1-for-3...Florida defenseman Eric Cairns picked up his first assist of the season.
11/15 23:04:12 ET