Montreal Canadiens Assign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to AHL Laval Rocket

Montreal Canadiens Assign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to AHL Laval Rocket”

The Canadiens continue to be a longshot to make the playoffs, but they've given notice they will go down fighting.

Gallagher made sure Montreal came away with the victory by deflecting Petry's shot up and over Bobrovsky, on the power play, at 10:46 of the third.

The Panthers now sit third in the Atlantic division with 61 points - boasting the same total as the Toronto Maple Leafs, who occupy the second wild card spot, as well as the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.

The team's captain, Aleksander Barkov, left the game in the middle of the second period after a blow from the Canadiens captain, Shea Weber, sent him to the ice in the corner of the Florida offensive zone. Price outduelled Sergei Bobrovsky in the battle of the NHL's two highest-paid goaltenders.

Price made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season for Montreal, which has won six of its last eight.

The break was not beneficial for the Panthers, who were playing their first game in 11 days.

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The Canadiens took advantage of the fact the Panthers might have been too well-rested. But the Panthers have been idle since January 21, and the concern in the organization is that there will be some rust on Saturday.

Hours before the game, the Canadiens assigned centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi to the Laval Rocket.

Barkov is second on the Panthers in scoring, notching 16 goals and 54 points in 49 games.

The Panthers had one scoring chance in the first period when Price had to stop Huberdeau on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Panthers (28-17-5, 61 points) lost 4-0 to Montreal (24-22-7, 55 points) on Saturday, leaving the team six points from Tampa Bay, which ranks second in the Atlantic. Lehkonen's goal was his 10th, while Tatar has 19. Petry picked up an assist on each the four Montreal goals.

The Panthers are 6-0 in their last six games overall and are 4-0 in their last four games when listed as the underdog.

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