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02/14/2013 11:46 PM EST
Canadiens beat Panthers 1-0 on Bourque's OT goal
MONTREAL 1, FLORIDA 0 (OT)

By PAUL GEREFFI
Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens took advantage of
solid goaltending and a puck that finally bounced their way.



Rene Bourque scored 2:10 into overtime and the Canadiens beat
the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Thursday night.



Bourque's winner came on a tip-in just in front of the net. Alex
Galchenyuk came down the left side and battled to get the puck
across the crease, where it bounced off the skate of Shawn
Matthias and into the air. Bourque was able to get a stick on it
and poke it past goalie Jose Theodore.



"We just kind of knew it was going to be one of those goals, an
ugly goal, that would probably get the job done," Bourque said.
"I was just trying to whack it somewhere."



Carey Price made 26 saves for his 17th career shutout and second
against the Panthers. The Canadiens won their second straight on
the road.



Galchenyuk, who turned 19 on Tuesday, kept after the puck to the
left of the net and was able to set up Bourque for the winning
goal.



"The puck was bouncing, somehow I got it to him," Galchenyuk
said. "He made an unbelievable play."



Theodore stopped 31 shots against his former team but the
Panthers lost their third in a row.



There was little offense through a sluggish first two periods.
Theodore saved a potential goal with 2:15 left in the first when
he made a glove save on a point-blank shot by Brandon Prust.



"We didn't play great the first two periods. We probably should
thank Theo at that point - he stood on his head for us,"
Panthers forward Jerred Smithson said.



The action picked up in the third, with the Panthers tallying 13
shots - one fewer than they managed through the first two
periods. Price withstood a barrage about 8 minutes into the
period when Florida fired off five shots from in close in less
than a minute.



"They came out hard at the beginning of that third period. We
just had to weather the storm," Price said. "We were just lucky
to get that one at the end."



Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was impressed with Price's
performance.



"He's excellent," Therrien said. "We lost a little bit of
momentum on two shifts and that's when you need your goalie and
Carey was phenomenal."



The Panthers wasted a great effort by Theodore.



"It was a tough game for us. We got outworked for a stretch and
we finally decided to start playing a simple game and things
fell in from there, but obviously not enough to bring it home,"
Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. "Goaltending will be the story
tomorrow. Goaltending was great at both ends."



NOTES: Panthers RW Kris Versteeg was scratched with an
upper-body injury. ... Theodore played 353 games for Montreal
from 1996-06. ... Canadiens D Andrei Markov has 10 points, all
on the power play.

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