Panthers win in shootout
MONTREAL – Dave Bolland scored in the sixth round of the shootout, sending the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Tomas Fleischmann and Steven Kampfer scored in regulation for the Panthers, who won their second game in a row to start a five-game trip.
Brendan Gallagher scored both of Montreal's goals in the second period. The Canadiens outshot the Panthers 39-21 and blew a 2-0 lead playing in their home rink.
Gallagher was in his usual spot, in front of the opponent's goal, when he sent Max Pacioretty's rebound past Roberto Luongo 2:31 into the second. It was his 100th career point.
Gallagher pounced on a loose puck at 10:32, but the Panthers quickly responded.
They got two chances from the slot and Fleischmann buried the second at 11:54 with Bolland parked in front of Carey Price.
A Florida power play had just ended when Fleischmann set up Kampfer for a quick shot that beat Price on the short side at 4:57 of the third.
It was Kampfer's first NHL goal since 2012 when he was with Minnesota.
Florida's Dmitry Kulikov sat out the third of his four-game suspension.
•CAPS ROUT JETS: Nicklas Backstrom scored two second-period goals and added an assist, Alex Ovechkin added his league-leading 38th goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-1. Troy Brouwer added an empty-net goal and an assist, John Carlson scored, and Marcus Johansson added two assists for Washington, which has won four of five. Backstrom has 16 assists in his past 16 games.
•BLUE JACKETS SCORE LATE: Brandon Dubinsky poked a pass from Matt Calvert by a sprawled Marc-Andre Fleury with 2:17 left to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins. Columbus' shorthanded goal came after Pittsburgh's seventh giveaway.
•CANUCKS KEEP RALLYING: Alexandre Burrows and Radim Vrbata scored in a shootout and the Vancouver Canucks rallied three times to post a 5-4 victory over the host Rangers, ending New York's four-game winning streak. Henrik Sedin scored twice for the Canucks, including a game-tying tally on a rebound with 2:00 left in regulation after Vancouver pulled goaltender Ryan Miller.
•LEDDY LEADS ISLES: Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists, Jaroslav Halak tied the team record for wins in a season, and the New York Islanders cooled off the NHL-leading Nashville Predators with a 5-2 win in Uniondale.