No Controversey This Time, Panthers Dominate Leafs

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Shawn Matthias goes five hole on Leafs' netminder Jonas Gustavsson. Photo Source: TSN

The last time the Florida Panthers faced the Toronto Maple Leafs, controvrsey ensued as the Leafs game winner came with a helping of goaltender interference that went uncalled. Wednesday night at the Bank Atlantic Center, the Cats didn’t leave up to the refs, dominating the falling Leafs 4-1. Michael Frolik (who was a healthy scratch the last time these two teams met) continued his mini hot streak with a three point night (1g, 2a, +2) and Shawn Matthais‘ breakaway tally early in the third period took the steam out of any hope of a Toronto comeback.

The Good
-The special teams were the story of the game for the Panthers. The Cats PK unit stood tall once again, killing five Toronto power plays. Currently, that unit is fourth in the league with a 90.2% success rate! Florida‘s PP easily had it’s best game of the season, going 2-for-5 to improve to 11.9% on the season. Frolik and Steven Reinprecht were the goal scorers with the man advantage.

-Tomas Vokoun. After two subpar outings (one in which he got pulled early in the first), Vokoun was back in fine form, stopping 32-of-33 shots for the win. At times, he had a lot of traffic in front of his net, but he never let any rebounds get him in trouble.

The Bad
-Folks, not a lot of bad in this one, so this part of the game recap is taking the night off.

For the Toronto side of things, visit Editor In Leaf.

The Panthers. get back at it Friday night at home against the Minnesota Wild. The Wild are off to a great start. They currently sit second in the Northeast division with 16pts so, it’s a chance to see how the Panthers measure up against a strong Western Conference opponent.

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Tags: Jonas Gustavsson Michael Frolik Shawn Matthais Steven Reinprecht Tomas Vokoun

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