SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the winning shootout goal to lift the Montreal Canadiens over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Parenteau’s shot glanced off the glove of Roberto Luongo and went into the net in the third round of the shootout — the only goal in the tiebreaker.
Jonathan Huberdeau missed on the ensuing attempt, and Montreal improved to 5-1 in shootouts.
The Canadiens have won four in a row — including three on the road — and seven of eight. Montreal owns a three-game winning streak against the Panthers.
Brendan Gallagher scored in regulation for Montreal, and Dustin Tokarski had 36 saves in his first start in 11 games.
Nick Bjugstad scored Florida’s goal. Luongo stopped 33 shots for the Panthers, who lost at home for the first time in four games. The crowd of 19,614 was Florida’s largest on home ice.
The Panthers had the best chance to win in overtime but Jimmy Hayes fired wide of an open net in the final seconds.
Trailing 1-0, the Panthers tied it on Bjugstad’s goal with 1:49 left in the third period. Aaron Ekblad passed the puck to Bjugstad from the right side, and his wrist shot from the slot beat Tokarski on the glove side. Bjugstad leads the Panthers with 13 goals.
The Canadiens broke the scoreless tie when Gallagher put a puck past Luongo with 1:06 left in the second period on their 28th shot.
Gallagher took control of the puck at the blue line, skated to the right circle and got off a wobbly shot that went between Luongo’s pads and trickled into the net.
Early in the second, the Panthers had a goal waved off when it was ruled that Sean Bergenheim jammed the puck in and pushed Tokarski into the net.
NOTES: Canadiens D Andrei Markov was hit in the face with the puck in the second period on an errant attempt to clear the puck by P.K. Subban. Markov left but returned later in the period. … Luongo, a Montreal native, is 1-7 against the Canadiens in his last eight games against them. … Josiane Huberdeau, 14-year-old sister of Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau, sang the Canadian national anthem before the game.
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