Panthers 4, Canadiens 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 26, 2012
Stephen Weiss scored two goals and the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Sunday night. Sean Bergenheim and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida and Scott Clemmensen made 18 saves. Weiss and Bergenheim each had assists and Mikael Samuelsson had a pair of assists. The Panthers improved to 3-0 against Montreal this season. David Desharnais and P.K. Subban scored goals for Montreal. Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots. The Canadiens have lost six of their past seven games and four straight. The Panthers scored twice in the first four minutes of the second to take a 3-2 lead. Florida opened the second on the power play. Bergenheim took a shot from low in the left circle that beat Budaj and made it 2-all. Weiss got his second goal when he grabbed a rebound in front and poked in the puck at 4:01 to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Campbell scored on a slap shot from the high slot at 9:52 of the third to make the score 4-2. Trailing 2-0, the Panthers closed to 2-1 on Weiss's first goal. Weiss took a pass from Keaton Ellerby in the slot, turned and wristed the puck past Budaj at 11:36 of the first. It was Weiss's first goal in 12 games. Montreal took a 1-0 lead 4:27 in, when Erik Cole took a shot that was blocked and Desharnais wristed the rebound past Clemmensen. The Canadiens stretched their lead to 2-0 on Subban's power-play goal with a two-man advantage. Subban took the puck in the left circle, moved it to the slot, and fired a shot that went over Clemmensen's shoulder at 6:55 NOTES: Weiss was honored in a pre-game ceremony for playing the most games (614) in franchise history ... Florida LW Wojtek Wolski, acquired from the Rangers on Saturday, and RW Jerred Smithson, acquired from Nashville on Friday, both made their home ice debuts ... Budaj made his ninth appearance in goal for Montreal.
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