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NHL - US Sports: Red-hot Panthers having fun

Defenceman Brandon Montour says the Florida Panthers are having a lot of fun after they recorded a franchise best 13th win in a row. 

 

The Panthers, 4/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, had an overtime winner from 28-year-old Montour to thank for their record breaking 3-2 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. 

Panthers tread new ground

The winning run beats Florida's previous record of 12 set in 2015/16. Montour was acquired by the Panthers ahead of the playoffs last season from the Buffalo Sabres. 

Over 77 games in the current campaign, the 6'0" Canadian has scored a career-best 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points. 

With an astonishing 57-15-6 record, Florida have clinched top seed in the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs which begin on 2nd May. 

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Montour hails team character

The Panthers (120 points) lead the Colorado Avalanche by four points in the race for the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team.

Montour's goal was Florida's 13th overtime winner this season which sets an all-time NHL record for most in a season. 

In addition, the Panthers have won a franchise best 11 games in a row at home and their 34 wins is just two shy of the NHL record held by the Detroit Red Wings (1995/96) and Philadelphia Flyers (1975/76).

They have one game remaining at FLA Live Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Montour said to the media: "It has been incredible. The guys we have in that locker room are all great people. Off the ice, we have a blast. We come to the rink every day and have fun. There's one heck of a hockey team in there. We take it each shift, each game. It is showing this year. It has been good."

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