Montreal Canadiens fans dreaming of Conor Bedard were hoping for a different outcome in the game between the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
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The Panthers rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 4-3 in overtime. Defenseman Brandon Montour played the protagonists.
It’s a doubly disappointing result for CH, which made Florida’s first-round draft pick and is vying with the “Falcons” in the NHL’s basement for the best odds given the reshuffle lottery.
CH has eight more points than the Blackhawks, with 17 games to play as per schedule.
Despite their three straight wins, Paul Morris’ men are still out of the playoff picture in the East. They are two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite having played two more games.
Matthew Tkachuk was an integral part of the hosts comeback in this duel that was presented at FLA Live Arena. He teamed up with Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Eto Loostarinen in the second half to make it 3-2.
However, rookie Cole Guttman forced overtime by jumping on a loose puck with 45 seconds left in the third period. Caleb Jones and Boris Kachuk had previously stitched the needle for Luke Richardson’s band.
In overtime, Montour hit a bouncing puck between Peter Mrazek’s pads to give the victory to his team.
The Czech veteran still shines with an impressive 39 tackles.
Cumua and Gibson put out the flames
At Saddledome Arena, goaltender John Gibson was once again left to his own devices, but muffled the Calgary Flames in a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
The American porter leads the Pittman circuit with 1,517 saves this season. This time he stood up to 34 of 35 shots for the Alberta team, who had just enjoyed two straight victories.
In the same vein, Gibson passed Guy Hibbert for the most hits in Ducks history, with 11,835.
However, the Flames opened up the mark thanks to Mikael Backlund, in the second half. The Swedish veteran parried a shot from compatriot Elias Lindholm, in a power play.
The ducks were quick to respond. Less than a minute later, Quebec’er Maxime Koumtois returned a shot to tie the game.
Longueuillois faces another tough campaign in California. He did, however, collect the 14th point, later in the second period, by setting up the winning goal, scored by Brett Leeson.
Derek Grant completed the mark.
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