Canadiens get pounded 9-5 by Panthers in Florida


Groups tied an NHL report by combining for 10 objectives in a wild first interval with Panthers taking a 7-3 lead after 20 minutes.

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When you missed the primary interval of Thursday evening’s sport between the Canadiens and Panthers in Florida and turned on the TV earlier than the beginning of the second interval you had been in for a shock.

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The rating was already 7-3 for the Panthers, who would go on to win 9-5

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The Panthers improved their report to 34-27-7 as they preserve preventing for a wild-card playoff spot. They’ve gained their first three video games in opposition to the Canadiens this season by a mixed rating of 22-9 and the two groups will meet for the fourth and closing time on March 30 on the Bell Centre.

The Panthers have a 7-1-0 report in opposition to the Canadiens of their final eight matchups, courting again to March 7, 2020, and are 7-0-0 in opposition to them at dwelling since Feb. 17, 2019.

The Canadiens noticed their report fall to 27-36-6 and they’re 1-6-2 of their final 9 video games, falling to twenty seventh place within the total NHL standings with 13 video games left within the season.

The ten objectives mixed within the first 20 minutes tied an NHL report for many objectives within the first interval of a sport — one thing that had solely occurred twice beforehand in league historical past courting again to 1917.

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On Oct. 26, 1982, the Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres had been tied 5-5 after the primary interval in a sport on the Discussion board that might finish in a 7-7 tie. On Jan. 16, 1987, the Canucks had been main the Calgary Flames 6-4 in Vancouver after the primary interval en path to a 9-5 victory.

It took 36 years for 10 objectives to be scored in a primary interval once more and it was completely wild to observe Thursday evening.

The seven objectives by the Panthers within the first interval set a franchise report.

“We gave up means too many possibilities the entire sport,” Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki instructed reporters in Florida after the sport. “In opposition to a workforce like that, with the offensive gamers they’ve, they’re going to attain. It felt like we had been enjoying shinny hockey in the summertime they usually had been enjoying to make a playoff spot. So it’s fairly unacceptable from us.”

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Mike Matheson opened the scoring for the Canadiens 16 seconds into the sport along with his seventh purpose of the season. Colin White tied the rating 1-1 at 2:43 and Carter Verhaeghe put the Panthers up 2-1 solely 34 seconds later — an indication of issues to come back.

The Canadiens’ Anthony Richard tied the rating 2-2 along with his third purpose of the season at 5:20 and 44 seconds later Gustav Forsling put the Panthers up 3-2. At that time, Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis determined to drag goalie Samuel Montembeault, who had allowed three objectives on six photographs, changing him with Jake Allen.

Michael Pezzetta tied the rating 3-3 at 8:18 along with his sixth purpose of the season, giving the Canadiens three objectives on three photographs in opposition to Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. For the tenth time this season, Bobrovsky allowed a purpose on the primary shot he confronted.

After that it was all Panthers for the remainder of the interval, with Aaron Ekblad, Ryan Lomberg, Sam Reinhart and Verhaeghe scoring.

The photographs on purpose for the primary 20 minutes had been 18-6 for the Panthers.

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It didn’t take lengthy for the scoring to proceed within the second interval with Raphaël Harvey-Pinard deflecting in some extent shot by Justin Barron for his ninth purpose in 25 video games this season on the 2:26 mark. It was the fourth purpose on eight photographs for the Canadiens on Bobrovsky, who’s within the fourth season of a seven-year, US$70-million contract.

Ekblad put the Panthers up 8-4 when he scored his second purpose of the sport on an influence play at 5:31 and also you needed to begin questioning if the crimson purpose lights would burn out. Matthew Tkachuk put the Panthers up 9-4 at 7:33 and the sunshine nonetheless labored. St. Louis determined to make one other goaltending change at that time, placing Montembeault again in after Allen had allowed six objectives on 17 photographs in 21:19 of play.

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If the NHL had a mercy rule it might have been time to make use of it with greater than half-hour of hockey left to play.

Fortunately for the Canadiens, Montembeault was in a position to cease the bleeding, stopping all 12 photographs he confronted within the second interval after changing Allen to maintain the rating 9-4 heading into the intermission.

The Canadiens’ Rem Pitlick scored the one purpose of the third interval at 5:47 on an influence play. It was his fifth purpose of the season.

The ultimate photographs on purpose had been 42-28 for the Panthers with Montembeault stopping 20 of the 23 photographs he confronted within the sport.

Suzuki stated the 2 goalies weren’t in charge for the loss.

“Each of them have been our greatest gamers all season, probably the most constant,” Suzuki stated. “We undoubtedly allow them to down. Can’t be giving that many Grade A scoring possibilities up. I really feel like the previous few video games we’ve been enjoying poorly defensively and we have to step it up for them. It’s undoubtedly not their fault tonight.”

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The Canadiens had been in a position to keep away from setting a brand new workforce report for many objectives in opposition to in a sport, which is 11 — one thing that has occurred six instances of their historical past. The final time that occurred was Dec. 2, 1995, in an 11-1 loss to the Detroit Pink Wings that infamously ended up being goalie Patrick Roy’s final sport with the Canadiens.

Issues gained’t get simpler for the Canadiens transferring ahead as their subsequent two video games are in opposition to the Lightning, Saturday in Tampa and Tuesday on the Bell Centre.

The Lightning gained their first two video games in opposition to the Canadiens this season by scores of 4-1 and 5-1.

Somebody would possibly wish to put in new purpose lights at Tampa’s Amalie Enviornment.


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