Montreal-Florida: James Wizniewski’s 3 Points Deliver Comeback Win

January 1st, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
The Twitter airwaves were buzzing with the news of Maxim Lapierre being traded to the Anaheim Ducks yesterday evening, and the slumping Montreal Canadiens were in Florida to take on the Panthers.

The game was the seventh and final match of a brutal end-of-year road trip for the Habs that had seen them drop all but one decision.  After going 1-5 so far on the road trip, to say that the Canadiens needed the win would be the understatement of the year!

The game started off with good rhythm for both teams, until the Canadiens got themselves into penalty trouble.  Montreal again spent too much time in the penalty box, handing the Panthers three power plays in the first period alone and six on the night. 

But the 11th place Panthers weren't able to muster much with the man advantage as the Canadiens' penalty killers went to work, successfully killing all six PKs.

After a sleeper of a first period, Florida opened the scoring 28 seconds into the second when Stephen Weiss was left alone in front to pot a Christopher Higgins rebound. 

Dmitry Kulikov followed that one up with the Panthers' second of the game 2:13 in, and all see ...

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