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“No finish. We generated a lot of shots, a lot of chances … again, a lack of scoring obviously hurt us,” Boyes said.

The Canadiens‘ two leading scorers each had goals in the first.

Montreal went ahead 2-0 on the first goal by Pacioretty. Daniel Briere passed from the left side across to Pacioretty at the right side of the crease, who tipped it in with 2:57 left in the first.

The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead on Vanek’s goal. Vanek took a shot from the slot that Ellis blocked but the puck drifted under Ellis’ pads toward the net. Ellis couldn’t find the puck but Vanek did and he skated in and poked it in at 10:47 of the first, his 27th of the season.

Vanek has six goals and 10 points over his past seven games.

Desharnais empty-net goal came with 23.4 seconds left.

“Price was the biggest difference,” Panthers coach Peter Horachek said. “They’re a very mature team that capitalizes on their chances.”

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo missed the game after sustaining a neck injury during a collision with Carolina’s Radek Dvorak on Thursday. Luongo is day to day.

NOTES: The Panthers recalled Scott Clemmensen from AHL San Antonio on Saturday to back up Ellis. … Canadiens C Tomas Plekanec missed Saturday’s game due to personal reasons.