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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Huberdeau, Lomberg lead Panthers over Canadiens 7-4

SUNRISE, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Lomberg both had two goals and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers 7-4 over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Sam Bennett and Alexander Barkov each added a goal and an assist to the leaders of the Atlantic Division, which is equal to Carolina for the top playoff game in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 96 points, though Florida has a game in hand.

Mason Marchment also scored for the Panthers, and Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 20 times.

Christian Dvorak, Joel Edmundson and Laurent Dauphin scored for the Canadiens in the second period. Chris Wideman had a goal and an assist, and Jake Allen stopped 39 shots.

Huberdeau’s second goal, a full-back from the front, gave the Panthers a 5-4 lead at 1:19 from the third period.

Marchment’s goal made it 6-4 with 5:17 left, and Barkov added an empty net with 2:34 left.

After trailing 4-1, Montreal scored three goals in 1:42 of the second period, including two 31 seconds apart, to equalize.

Edmundson’s shot from the slot went in with 3:36 left in the period to almost 4-2. Dauphin scored a loose shot 31 seconds later to make it 4-3, and Dvorak scored from the left circle with 1:54 left.

Montreal had five shots in the second.

The Panthers stretched their lead to 3-1 when Bennett scored a setback at 2:37 from the second.

Lomberg’s second goal gave Florida a 4-1 lead. Lomberg took a pass from Barkov in the lock and beat Allen at 7:57 of the second.

Florida tied the score at 1-all on Huberdeau’s shortstop goal with 3:43 left in the first. Huberdeau took a feed from Eetu Luostarinen into the slot and tucked the puck back into the top of the net.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead on Lomberg’s shot from the top of the drop circle with 2:03 left in the first.

Wideman gave the Canadiens a 1-0 advantage when he shot shot from the slot Bobrovsky at 2:32 of the first.

NEW HOUSE

The game was the first home game with the Panthers for Claude Giroux since last week’s trade of Philadelphia. The last time Giroux played a “home” game anywhere other than Philadelphia – excluding international tournaments – was in November 2012, when he played nine games in Germany with the Berlin Polar Bears during the NHL’s shortened season.

NOTES: In the second period, the Panthers paid tribute to former center Mike Hoffman on the video board. Hoffman, now at Montreal, has scored 65 goals in two seasons with Florida from 2018-’20. … The Panthers have 268 goals, their most in one season. … Only one team in Panthers history has achieved more victories than this Florida club, that is the 2015 ’16 group that has achieved 47 victories. … The Canadiens are on course for the fourth worst record in team history, and the worst point by any Montreal club in more than 80 years. Only the 1935-36 (11-26-11), 1925-26 (11-24-1) and 1939-40 (10-33-5) teams were worse.

FOLLOWING

Canadiens: Visit the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday.

Panthers: Host for the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

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