MTL Montreal Canadiens 5
Montreal Canadiens Canadiens Overall (20-18)
ATS (23-15)
O/U (20-17-1)
December 28 2018
- FS-FL
FLA Florida Panthers 3
Florida Panthers Panthers Overall (15-21)
ATS (17-19)
O/U (20-13-3)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2429 Montreal Canadiens +125 Under EVEN (+1.5) -210 Cover: 3.5
203
2430 Florida Panthers -145 Over -120 (-1.5) +180 OVER: 8
201
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Spread ATS
2429 MTL +125 Under: EVEN (+1.5) -210 Cover: 3.5
2430 FLA -145 Over: -120 (-1.5) +180 OVER: 8
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/28/2018
12:57 PM
FLA
-145
MTL
+125
12/28/2018
9:30 AM
FLA
-145
MTL
+125
12/28/2018
7:57 AM
FLA
-145
MTL
+125
12/28/2018
7:33 AM
FLA
-140
MTL
+120
12/28/2018
6:09 AM
FLA
-145
MTL
+125
12/27/2018
7:57 PM
FLA
-150
MTL
+130
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/28/2018
12:57 PM
FLA(-1.5)
+180
MTL
-210
12/28/2018
9:30 AM
FLA(-1.5)
+180
MTL
-210
12/28/2018
7:57 AM
FLA(-1.5)
+180
MTL
-210
12/28/2018
7:33 AM
FLA(-1.5)
+185
MTL
-215
12/28/2018
6:09 AM
FLA(-1.5)
+180
MTL
-210
12/27/2018
7:57 PM
FLA(-1.5)
+175
MTL
-200
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/28/2018
12:57 PM
6
-120
6
EVEN
12/28/2018
9:30 AM
6
-125
6
+105
12/28/2018
7:57 AM
6
-130
6
+110
12/28/2018
7:33 AM
6
-130
6
+110
12/28/2018
6:09 AM
6
-130
6
+110
12/27/2018
7:57 PM
6
-130
6
+110
Recap

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Tomas Tatar never thought his game was off track, and he showed that for the Canadiens in their first game after the holiday break.

Tatar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night.

The left wing scored on a turnover in the first minute and broke a 2-2 tie with a shot that beat goalie Roberto Luongo on the near post in the third period. Tatar had been on a six-game point drought over a nine-day period this month.

"I never really thought (my play) was out. We were winning. It's a team effort every night and it doesn't really matter who's going to score, who's going to produce the most," Tatar said.

Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, and Nicolas Deslauriers and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the Canadiens, who won their third straight.

Henrik Borgstrom, Denis Malgin and Keith Yandle scored for the Panthers, who ended a two-game winning streak, and Mike Hoffman had two assists.

Montreal's Antti Niemi, in for injured Carey Price, and Luongo each stopped 23 shots.

"I thought the second and third period (Niemi) played well," said Claude Julien of Niemi, who gave up seven goals in his last appearance on Dec. 11. "I like the way he reacted (in those periods). The first period maybe a little rusty, but we didn't help him with the chances we gave them on those goals.

"Give him credit for the way he handled himself from the second period on."

Montreal scored twice in the first three minutes. Tatar capitalized on a turnover by defenseman Mike Matheson behind Florida's net to backhand in his 13th goal just 35 seconds in, and Victor Mete's long shot struck Deslauriers and flew by Luongo for his second goal at 2:51

The lackluster play has not been characteristic of Florida, which had won four of five.

"I'd like to say it was a bad team start, but I think a couple of individuals started bad and that (messed up) the rest of us," Florida coach Bob Boughner said. "We didn't have a chance to get our third and fourth lines on the ice before it was 2-0."

Florida bounced back with two goals in the frenzied period.

Borgstrom took a feed from Mike Hoffman and buried his second goal from the slot at 8:01, and Malgin swatted in his fourth goal at 13:53 after Niemi's paddle save bounced off Paul Byron and went back toward the goal and Malgin in the low slot.

After the pace slowed in a scoreless second period, Tatar scored again at 8:54 on a one-timer, just five seconds after Florida got one player back from a 5-on-3 penalty kill.

Lehkonen scored at 15:40 for a two-goal edge, and Yandle scored his sixth goal on the power play with 1:16 remaining.

Following Yandle's goal, Florida pulled Luongo and had a couple of great chances in tight on Niemi to tie the contest in the last minute, but Drouin scored his 12th goal into an empty net at 19:37 to seal the win.

Boughner said his Panthers, who will play at home against Philadelphia, must get better production out of their top line, which produced just two shots and one Aleksander Barkov assist.

NOTES: Montreal placed Price (lower body) on the injured reserve list Thursday, retroactive to Dec. 22, and said the former Vezina Trophy winner would miss the final three contests on the road trip. The club called up Michael McNiven from the AHL's Laval Rocket on an emergency basis. ... Among Florida's scratches was F Nick Bjugstad (upper-body), who missed his ninth consecutive game. The Minnesota native was close to returning at the end of the four-game trip before the holiday break but was held out. ... The game was the first of four meetings between the teams.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Panthers: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

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Matchup
Canadiens Overall
W/L 20-18
ATS 23-15
Goals For 3.2
Goals Against 3.2
Total 20-17-1
Canadiens Away
W/L 10-9
ATS 12-7
Goals For 2.9
Goals Against 3.1
Total 10-8-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-28
6:00 PM
at Panthers W 5-3 W (1.5) O (6)
12-22
3:00 PM
at Golden Knights W 4-3 W (1.5) O (6)
12-20
8:00 PM
at Coyotes W 2-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-19
7:30 PM
at Avalanche L 2-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-17
6:30 PM
Bruins L 4-0 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
Senators W 5-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-13
6:30 PM
Hurricanes W 6-4 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-11
7:00 PM
at Wild L 7-1 L (1.5) O (6)
12-9
5:00 PM
at Blackhawks W 3-2 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-6
6:30 PM
at Senators W 5-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.2
Avg. Goals Against 3.0
ATS 7-3
Over/Under 6-4
Panthers Overall
W/L 15-21
ATS 17-19
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 3.6
Total 20-13-3
Panthers Home
W/L 7-10
ATS 6-11
Goals For 3.5
Goals Against 3.3
Total 9-6-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-28
6:00 PM
Canadiens L 5-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-23
6:00 PM
at Blackhawks W 6-3 W (1.5) O (6)
12-22
1:00 PM
at Red Wings W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-20
6:00 PM
at Maple Leafs L 6-1 L (1.5) O (6.5)
12-18
6:00 PM
at Sabres W 5-2 W (1.5) O (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
Maple Leafs W 4-3 W (1.5) O (6.5)
12-13
7:00 PM
at Wild L 5-1 L (1.5) U (6.5)
12-11
7:00 PM
at Blues L 4-3 W (1.5) O (6)
12-8
6:00 PM
Rangers L 5-4 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-6
6:00 PM
Avalanche L 5-2 L (-1.5) O (6)
Avg. Goals For 3.1
Avg. Goals Against 3.9
ATS 4-6
Over/Under 8-2
Game Summary
1st Period
MTL 19:25 GOAL scored by Tomas TatarMTL 1 FLA 0
MTL 17:09 GOAL scored by Nicolas Deslauriers assisted by Victor Mete and Shea WeberMTL 2 FLA 0
FLA 11:59 GOAL scored by Henrik Borgstrom assisted by Mike HoffmanMTL 2 FLA 1
FLA 6:07 GOAL scored by Denis Malgin assisted by Troy BrouwerMTL 2 FLA 2
FLA 3:03 Penalty to Troy Brouwer 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Max Domi)
2nd Period
MTL 19:44 Penalty to Phillip Danault 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Troy Brouwer)
MTL 15:34 Penalty to Max Domi 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Mike Hoffman)
3rd Period
FLA 13:11 Penalty to Frank Vatrano 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Michael Chaput)
FLA 11:52 Penalty to MacKenzie Weegar 2 minutes for Delay of Game
MTL 11:06 Power play - GOAL scored by Tomas Tatar assisted by Jonathan Drouin and Max DomiMTL 3 FLA 2
MTL 4:20 GOAL scored by Artturi Lehkonen assisted by Andrew Shaw and Brett KulakMTL 4 FLA 2
MTL 2:21 Penalty to Phillip Danault 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Aaron Ekblad) (Served by Kenny Agostino)
MTL 2:21 Penalty to Phillip Danault 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Aaron Ekblad)
FLA 2:21 Penalty to Aaron Ekblad 5 minutes for Fighting (Drawn by Phillip Danault)
FLA 1:16 Power play - GOAL scored by Keith Yandle assisted by Mike Hoffman and Aleksander Barkov Jr.MTL 4 FLA 3
MTL 00:23 GOAL scored by Jonathan Drouin assisted by Jeff Petry (Empty Net)MTL 5 FLA 3
Box Score
Canadiens
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Nicolas Deslauriers (RW) 101200:0010:38
Brendan Gallagher (RW) 000110:0017:02
Artturi Lehkonen (LW) 101200:0015:26
Kenny Agostino (LW) 000000:0011:27
Phillip Danault (C) 000119:0016:20
Andrew Shaw (LW) 011100:0014:01
Tomas Tatar (LW) 202410:0015:40
Max Domi (C) 011302:0017:05
Michael Chaput (C) 000110:0013:04
Jesperi Kotkaniemi (C) 000000:0013:05
Paul Byron (RW) 000200:0016:13
Jonathan Drouin (LW) 112400:0016:42

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Jeff Petry (D) 011120:0023:36
Brett Kulak (D) 011100:0013:50
Victor Mete (D) 011130:0019:29
Mike Reilly (D) 000210:0017:11
Jordie Benn (D) 000100:0016:51
Shea Weber (D) 011110:0027:16

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Antti Niemi (G) 23/263.885WIN
Michael McNiven (G) 0/00.000
Panthers
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Frank Vatrano (C) 000202:0014:19
Jared McCann (C) 000200:0012:50
Mike Hoffman (LW) 022400:0019:15
Troy Brouwer (RW) 011112:0013:40
Evgenii Dadonov (LW) 000110:0020:41
Aleksander Barkov (C) 011110:0025:09
Micheal Haley (LW) 000010:007:02
Jayce Hawryluk (C) 000020:007:24
Denis Malgin (C) 101100:0013:22
Henrik Borgstrom (LW) 101210:0017:05
Colton Sceviour (RW) 000200:0010:46
Jonathan Huberdeau (LW) 000000:0020:51

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Michael Matheson (D) 000130:0023:27
Keith Yandle (D) 101300:0019:36
Bogdan Kiselevich (D) 000000:0014:27
Mark Pysyk (D) 000100:0015:39
Aaron Ekblad (D) 000405:0018:54
MacKenzie Weegar (D) 000112:0023:02

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Roberto Luongo (G) 23/274.852LOSS
James Reimer (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Jonny Murray
Linesmen Pierre Racicot
Referee Gord Dwyer
Referee Jake Brenk