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Wisniewski nets winner in OT as Habs down Florida

Jan 1, 2011 - 1:14 AM
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Newcomer James Wisniewski scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:19 remaining in overtime, to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.

In the extra session, Montreal forward Michael Cammalleri pushed the puck down the right wing and fired a low shot on goal. Florida's Tomas Vokoun made the save, but Wisniewski, acquired from the New York Islanders on Tuesday, followed up the play and buried the rebound.

Wisniewski also collected an assist on Brian Gionta's power-play goal.

Alex Auld made 20 saves for the Canadiens, who posted a 2-5-0 record on their longest road trip of the season.

Vokoun stopped 45 shots for Florida, which has dropped three of its last four.

Stephen Weiss and Dmitry Kulikov scored 1:45 apart early in the second period to stake the Panthers to a 2-0 lead.

Montreal, though, answered with a pair of tallies on the power play.

First, Wisniewski beat Vokoun with a screened shot from the point at the 10:59 mark of the middle stanza. Gionta then tapped in a Scott Gomez pass after Wisniewski's blast sailed wide of the net at 12:54 of the second period.

Game Notes

Gomez had two assists...Before the game, the Canadiens traded center Maxim Lapierre to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round draft pick in 2012.