Photo: Joe Skipper Associated Press
The Canadian is now only two points of the Sabres of Buffalo and of the third layer of the Atlantic chapter.
Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game at 8 min 54 s of the third period and allowed the Montreal canadiens defeat the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-3 Friday night at the BB&T Center.
Tatar, for whom this was the 14th net this season, took advantage of a numerical advantage to break the tie of 2-2 which had been going on since the first period.
Frank Vatrano has first received a minor penalty for tripping before Mackenzie Weegar is taken to be in default for delay of game, exactly 79 seconds later.
The punishment to Vatrano was finished over five seconds when Tatar beat Roberto Luongo with a shot on the receipt, after receiving a pass from Jonathan Drouin.
The Canadian has scored goals in numerical advantage in three of their last four games.
“It’s been a long time that we are trying to score in the numeric advantage. It is coming, ” said head coach Claude Julien. I will not say that it is still there. However, it is in the right direction now. “
Nicolas Deslauriers (2nd), in the first period, Artturi Lehkonen (7th) and Drouin (12), in the third twenty, scored the other goals for the Canadian, who had lost his last three games against the Panthers, all by laundering.
Henrik Borgstrom (2nd) and Denis Malgin (4th), all two in the first period, scored in the face of Antti Niemi, who had not beaten the Panthers since October 3, 2009, while he was wearing the colors of the Blackhawks of Chicago.
Keith Yandle (6th) has also foiled Niemi during a power play with 1 minute 16 seconds to play in regulation time.
After this goal, the Panthers have threatened the fortress of the guardian Finnish and came close to forcing the extension. The Canadian held out and achieved the victory when He pushed the puck into an empty net at 19 min 37 s.
The Canadian has received twenty-eight shots towards Luongo, two more than the Panthers in the direction of Niemi, who ended a sequence of three defeats.
His last victory dates back to 10 November, at the Bell Centre, against the Golden Knights Vegas.
Thanks to this victory, a third consecutive during his important sequence of six away games, the Habs doubled up the Boston Bruins in the seventh spot in the general classification of the association Is.
The Canadian (20-13-5) is now only two points of the Sabres of Buffalo and of the third layer of the Atlantic chapter. The Sabres and Bruins will face each other Saturday evening while the men of Claude Julien cross the iron with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Moreover, the defeat leaves the Panthers (15-15-6) at nine points of the Canadian.
“We all know that they have two games in hand, and it was one of the reasons we needed to win the game tonight,” said Julien.
“The other reason is it was to approach the group that is before us. When you win a game and that you can manage these two aspects, this is a good sign. It has surpassed Boston, it is closer to Buffalo and it takes away the Florida of us. This is a big victory, it is a significant victory, ” added the head coach of the Habs.
The Canadian has started the game with authority, scoring twice in the first three minutes of the match.
It all started with Tatar, who has put an end to a famine of seven meetings without a goal, beating Luongo after only thirty-five seconds of the game.
Deslauriers doubled the lead in the Canadian some two minutes later with his first goal — and his first point since November 8 against the Sabres in Buffalo.
And with a little luck, the men of Claude Julien would have been able to add at least two more goals in the first three minutes. Paul Byron has been frustrated by Luongo while he was at the mouth of the net and Jesperi Kotkaniemi hit the post shortly after.
Once the storm has passed, the players of the Panthers started to roar and brought the match to square one.
Borgstrom was the first to outwit the vigilance of Niemi, 8 min 01 s, taking advantage of a poor game between Andrew Shaw and Kotkaniemi deeply in the area of the Canadian.
About five minutes later, Malgin has created equal on a funny game while the puck was presented to him after it hit the right skate of Byron.
After a second period without too much of the strong moments, the Canadian has taken over the lead with Tatar and has not allowed the Panthers to come back another time.