Already handicapped with their starting goalie on injured reserve, the Panthers began a grueling Canadian tour Sunday missing a key component of their offense. Jonathan Huberdeau had played in all 81 games since beginning his career last season. A swollen foot from a shot in the third period of Friday's win over Washington kept him from performing in his hometown. That didn't prevent the Panthers from getting this difficult four-game stretch off on the right foot with a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens. They have won three in a row for the first time this season and five of their past six. Scott Clemmensen looked comfortable in his second consecutive start in place of injured Tim Thomas. He made 17 saves to improve to 7-1 in his career against Montreal. "The team is playing very well right now. I think that was the key to the game — not many shots, quality shots," Clemmensen said. "We're playing with so much confidence right now. It's a lot of fun to be in there playing with these guys." Clemmensen had to withstand the pressure of back-to-back penalties late in the third period, including 35 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage. And then a furious assault by the Canadiens with six skaters in the final minute, but he had plenty of help.
Panthers get jump on Canadiens for third consecutive win
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Dec 16