Huberdeau has three points to lead Panthers past Canadiens

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists when the Florida Panthers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 at FLA Live Arena on Saturday.

Sam Bennett scored twice and Sam Reinhart had two assists for the Panthers (21-7-4), who have won three straight. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves.

Florida is 17-3-0 at home this season, scoring at least five goals in 11 of 20 games.

Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki scored for the Canadiens (7-23-4), who played with 11 forwards and five defensemen after forward Jake Evans and defenseman Alexander Romanov were placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol before the game. Sam Montembeault made 43 saves.

Bennett, who returned after not playing in a 9-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday because of illness, gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 32 seconds into the game when he one-timed Anthony Duclair‘s pass from behind the net.

Drouin tied the game 1-1 at 3:48 when he scored on a deflection. Suzuki gave Montreal a 2-1 lead at 9:29 of the second period with a 4-on-4 goal off a rebound

Aleksander Barkov made it 2-2 at 15:02 with a power-play goal after getting a pass across the front of the net from Reinhart.

Frank Vatrano gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead at 17:30 when he redirected Reinhart’s pass with one hand on his stick.

Bennett extended Florida’s lead to 4-2 at 15 seconds of the third period when he deflected MacKenzie Weegar‘s shot from the point.

Mason Marchment made it 5-2 at 13:04 of the third for the 5-2 final.

Huberdeau has scored eight points in two games after scoring a goal and four assists against the Lightning.

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