02/17 21:20 CST Barkov's hat trick lifts Panthers over Canadiens, 6-3
Barkov's hat trick lifts Panthers over Canadiens, 6-3
By PAUL GEREFFI
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) --- Aleksander Barkov got his second career hat trick and
the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Sunday night.
Barkov also had an assist to give him his third four-point game of his career.
Riley Sheahan, Frank Vatrano and Denis Malgin also scored for the Panthers, and
Keith Yandle had two assists. James Reimer stopped 28 shots in his second
Max Domi scored twice for the Canadiens and Brendan Gallagher also had a goal.
Antti Niemi allowed three goals on nine shots before being replaced by Carey
Price, who finished with 24 saves.
Barkov's second goal gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead on a spectacular goal with
2:11 left in the second. Barkov skated in on Price, then shot from between and
behind his legs in front of the crease, flipping the puck high into the net.
Barkov swept the puck past Price from in front at 9:13 of the third to stretch
the Panthers lead to 5-3 wuth his third goal of the night. Barkov's first hat
trick came on Dec. 15 in a 4-3 win over Toronto
The Panthers had a potential goal by Jonathan Huberdeau overturned at with 3:44
left when Montreal successfully challenged for offsides.
Sheahan's empty-net goal with 2:25 left capped the scoring.
Domi tied the score 3-all on his second goal. Domi tipped in a pass from Mike
Reilly at 5:18 of the second.
Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead on his power-play goal 3:59 into the game.
He poked a rebound between the pads of Niemi 7 seconds into the power play.
Malgin's shot from the high slot went over the glove of Niemi to make the score
2-0 at 11:28 of the first.
The Canadiens pulled within one when Domi shot from the slot and beat Reimer
with just under 7 minutes left in the period.
The Panthers regained a two-goal lead when Vatrano's shot went off a Montreal
defenseman's stick and past Niemi with 6:03 left in the first. Niemi was then
replaced by Price.
Gallagher pulled the Canadiens to 3-2 when his shot bounced off Reimer and into
the net with 3:14 left in the first.
NOTES: The Panthers recalled G Sam Montembeault from AHL Springfield. ... G
Roberto Luongo is on bereavement leave. ... Barkov reached the 20-goal mark for
the fourth consecutive season. ... F Jamie McGinn played in his 600th NHL game.
... The Panthers held a pregame ceremony in honor of the one-year anniversary
of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Both
teams flanked family members for a ceremonial puck drop. ... Canadiens F
Jonathan Drouin played his 300th NHL game.
Canadiens: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.
Panthers: Host Buffalo on Tuesday night.
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