Panthers 2, Canadiens 1

Sean Farrell, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MONTREAL -- Florida Panthers right winger Jesse Winchester and center Nick Bjugstad scored goals 2:27 apart in the second period, goalie Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves, and the Panthers extended their winning streak to three games with 2-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.
Winchester scored his fifth goal 4:44 into the second to put Florida up 1-0. Bjugstad made it a two-goal lead with his sixth goal at 7:11.
Montreal left winger Alex Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal 2:28 into the third period to spoil Clemmensen's bid for his first shutout in over two years.
Florida successfully killed two other minor penalties that overlapped and gave the Canadiens a 5-on-3 advantage for 35 seconds. That occurred when left winger Scott Upshall was called for cross-checking at 14:03 with defenseman Mike Weaver already in the penalty box.
A potential third Florida goal was disallowed with 1:09 left in the third because right winger Brad Boyes kicked the puck into the net.
The Panthers (12-17-5) have won five of six.
Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj stopped 23 of 25 shots.
Montreal (20-12-3) has scored three goals in its last four games, including left winger Max Pacioretty's overtime winner in a 1-0 victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Goalie Carey Price made 21 saves in that game for his second shutout of the season.
Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson left the game after the first period. He suffered a lower-body injury and did not return.
Galchenyuk's goal was Montreal's first on the power play in seven games.
NOTES: Florida center Jonathan Huberdeau missed the game because of a right foot injury he suffered when he was struck by a shot Friday in a 3-2 win in Washington.
...Panthers C Jonathan Huberdeau was wearing a walking boot on his right foot in the press lounge prior to the game. ...Florida led after the second period for just the fifth time in 34 games this season. The Panthers went 4-0 the previous times they were in that situation. ... Florida C Scott Gomez was left out of the lineup for a seventh game in a row. Gomez spent last season with San Jose after his contract was bought by Montreal. He has one goal and four assists in 19 games with the Panthers this season. ... Florida D Mike Mottau was also a healthy scratch. ... RW George Parros and D Francis Bouillon did not dress for Montreal. Parros left the Canadiens' 1-0 overtime win against the New York Islanders on Saturday after his first-period fight with Eric Boulton. The Montreal enforcer took a blow to the chin and did not return. Bouillon, who played 22 games in a row to start the season, was a healthy scratch for the ninth time in the past 13 games.

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