Andrei Markov scored two power-play goals ansd rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored his first National Hockey League goal to propel the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

Galchenyuk received the loudest ovation of the night when he deflected Brandon Prust's shot over Scott Clemmensen's blocker to give the Canadiens a 4-1 lead at 14:25 of the second period. Fellow rookie Brendan Gallagher made his NHL debut and picked up the second assist on the goal.

The Canadiens hoped for a fast start against the Panthers who were playing their third game in four nights and they got it, outscoring the visitors 2-0 in the first period.

Tomas Plekanec trailed through the middle on a 3-on-2 rush and scored on a 25-foot wrister as he took Brian Gionta's pass from the right wing at 3:26.

Rene Bourque wasn't on the ice when Andrei Markov scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 13:24. But he deserves some credit, because his hard drive to the net resulted in a penalty to Bryan Campbell at 12:01.

The Canadiens were handed the two-man advantage 20 seconds later when Stephen Weiss covered the puck with his hand, which is a new violation this season.

Markov's goals were his first since Nov. 9, 2010 when he scored against Vancouver. He missed most of the past two seasons with injuries, so his slump added up to only 17 games without a goal.

The Panthers cut the Canadiens' lead to one goal when Tomas Kopecky scored a power-play goal at 4:33 of the second period. Markov restored the two-goal lead when he scored on a blast from the blueline at 8:38.

The Canadiens went 2-for-6 on the power play while the Panthers were 1-for-8. They had a five-minute advantage in the third period after Ryan White received a major for fighting after responding to Tomas Fleischmann's shot on Josh Gorges. Florida had a two-man advantage for 1:36 of that penalty but was limited to one shot on goal.

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