The Florida Panthers managed to lose ugly to start the second half, 4-0 Saturday at Montreal.
It was the first time this season the Panthers have been shut out.
A poor start by Florida got worse quickly with an injury to Sasha Barkov.
Here is Barkov’s last shift during the second period. He was hit from behind by Shea Weber in the offensive zone corner and went down a little awkwardly. He got up and skated straight to the #FlaPanthers bench. pic.twitter.com/1WsEvVfntP
— David Dwork (@DavidDwork) February 1, 2020
Early prognosis on Barkov’s apparent lower body injury is positive
Momentum from the first half of the year quickly disintegrated as Florida fell behind just over five minutes in.
Montreal would never look back.
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 1, 2020
The dynamic Panther power play was shut out in six attempts, despite 14 shots on goal with the man advantage.
Florida lacked energy and focus earlier as Montreal did all the little things right, winning battles on the boards and in front of both goals.
Jeff Petry had an assist on all four tallies for the Canadiens and Montreal won the face off battle 37-20, a huge disparity leading to puck possession.
Montreal goalie Carey Price stopped all 29 shots for his 47th career shutout, third in Canadiens history.
Sergei Bobrovsky was not the problem despite allowing four goals, he stood on his head to keep Florida in it early.
Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots overall, including 15 of 16 sent his way in a rough first period for the team.
His play in net kept the Panthers within range for the first half of the game until it got away in the second period.
Montreal was able to convert on 1-of-2 power plays and controlled the game from the onset.
Florida now sits at 28-17-5 and are tied with Toronto with 61 points.
The two meet Monday in a pivotal Atlantic Division game as both fight for playoff position.