Today the Florida Panthers 6-4-3 took on the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-4-1. The Florida Panthers were on a 3 game losing streak, all losses coming in the shootout. The Florida Panthers looked to get back on track vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that is just what they did Tuesday night.
The Panthers started the game out with a goal by Jack Skille, his first of the season with an assist by Mike Weaver, at 9;45 in the 1st period. The Panthers tool that 1-0 lead into the 2nd period and came out strong, and with two quick goals 19 seconds apart by Marco Sturm and Tomas Kopecky the Panthers were up 3-0. After the third goal Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was done for the night, and Ben Scrivens would enter the game. Sean Bergenheim opened the scoring in the third with his second goal of the season pounding home a rebound of a Shawn Matthias shot, and this game looked to be in complete control of the Florida Panthers. Toronto Maple Leafs would not be shutout though, as Phil Kessel would get the Leafs on the board at 3:30 to adding to his league leading goal total . Shawn Matthias would end up getting the fifth and final goal for Florida, and his second point of the night making it 5-1 Panthers. That score stood up as the final.
Florida Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore played a great game, making a total of 38 saves, with 1 goal allowed, and being named the games 1st star. Theodore is now 5-2-2 on the season. The Toronto Maple Leafs goaltenders did not have their best game by any stretch of the imagination, with Jonas Gustavsson being chased in the 2nd period after allowing 3 goals, and Ben Scrivens allowing two more in relief duty. The Florida Panthers have now chased a starting goaltender in each of the last 2 games.
After today’s game the Florida Panthers would better their record to 7-4-3, while the Toronto Maple Leafs would fall to 9-5-1. The Florida Panthers are now 1 point out of the Southeast division lead, and they look to maintain this pace vs the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. The Panthers are off to their best start since 1996-1997 when they started 9-1-4 with Doug MacLean behind the bench.
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