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Luongo blanks Canadiens, Panthers win 7th straight at home

 
 
Updated 3/8/2018 9:34 PM
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  • Florida Panthers center Micheal Haley, center, celebrates with defenseman Alexander Petrovic (6) and center Derek MacKenzie (17) after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla.

    Florida Panthers center Micheal Haley, center, celebrates with defenseman Alexander Petrovic (6) and center Derek MacKenzie (17) after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla.

    Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (27) scores against Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and goaltender Charlie Lindgren (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla.

    Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (27) scores against Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and goaltender Charlie Lindgren (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Montreal Canadiens' Rinat Valiev (17) and Florida Panthers left wing Jamie McGinn (88) collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla.

    Montreal Canadiens' Rinat Valiev (17) and Florida Panthers left wing Jamie McGinn (88) collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Daniel Carr (43) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson (19) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla.

    Montreal Canadiens left wing Daniel Carr (43) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson (19) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) and center Byron Froese (42) battle for the puck with Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla.

    Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) and center Byron Froese (42) battle for the puck with Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Andrew Shaw (65) upends Florida Panthers center Derek MacKenzie during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla.

    Montreal Canadiens right wing Andrew Shaw (65) upends Florida Panthers center Derek MacKenzie during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Roberto Luongo made 40 saves in his second shutout of the season, Nick Bjugstad scored his fourth goal in two games, and the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Thursday night for their seventh straight home win.

Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Trocheck, Micheal Haley and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, who have points in eight straight games. Keith Yandle added three assists, and Aleksander Barkov had a pair.

The Panthers are two points behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with three games in hand.

Charlie Lindgren stopped 27 shots for the Canadiens, who lost their second straight.

Leading 3-0, Dadonov's one-timer from the right circle stretched the Panthers lead to 4-0 at 1:23 into the third period.

Trocheck's short-handed goal with 5:03 left in the third made it 5-0.

Leading 1-0, the Panthers added two goals in the first 2:44 of the second.

Bjugstad took a pass from Barkov in the slot and backhanded the puck into the net at 1:41 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Bjugstad, who had a hat trick at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, has 10 points in his last eight games. Barkov has an eight-game point streak.

About a minute later, Derek MacKenzie passed from behind the net to Haley in the slot and Haley fired the puck past Lindren to make it 3-0.

Montreal appeared to score at 16:30 of the third when Paul Byron poked in a loose puck, but the call was overturned on a coach's challenge when it was determined Jacob de la Rose interfered with Luongo.

Huberdeau put the Panthers ahead 1-0 on his power-play goal with 3:44 left in the first period. Trocheck backhanded a pass from the left circle to Huberdeau in the slot, and Huberdeau one-timed the puck over Lindgren's shoulder.

NOTES: The game marked Claude Julien's 250th as the Canadiens' coach. ... D Rinat Valiev suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... Montreal is 0 for 13 on the power play in its past four games. ... Huberdeau has surpassed 20 goals (21) for the first time in a single season in his NHL career. ... Dadonov has five consecutive multipoint games (3-7-10). ... Yandle has 20 points in his last 18 games.

UP NEXT:

Canadiens: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Panthers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday.

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