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Panthers end preseason with 3-1 loss to Canadiens

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Cats finish exhibition slate with 4-1-1 record

NHL: Preseason-Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Montreal Canadiens last night at Bell Centre to finish the preseason with 4-1-1 record. Montreal won its first of the preseason to snap a six-game losing streak.

Paul Byron scored two goals and goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 22 saves for the Canadiens. Byron’s second tally came with the Habs shorthanded midway through the second period and snapped a 1-1 tie.

Evgenii Dadonov registered Florida’s only goal with three minutes left in the opening stanza while crashing into Lindgren (cue the Dave Matthews) after being pushed. The assists on Dadonov’s second of the preseason went to linemates Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.

Not throwing any shade here, but that’s a goal Jaromir Jagr is incapable of scoring at this point of his career.

Andrew Shaw, who also had an assist, potted the game’s final goal 1:13 into the third period. Phillip Danault finished the game with two helpers.

Roberto Luongo went the distance for the Cats and stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced. Lunogo surrendered a total of 5 goals on 71 shots during the preseason, a .929 save percentage.

Things got rough in the third, with the two teams combining for 48 penalty minutes. Jared McCann and Brandon Davidson squared off, as did Derek MacKenzie and Peter Holland.

The Panthers are off until next week’s season-opener in Tampa Bay. Florida needs to cut three more players from its training camp roster.