After losing three games in a row, the Florida Panthers fought back to dominate and win the season series against the Toronto Maple Leafs after their 4-1 win Tuesday night.
From start to finish the Panthers were in control and when it was said and done, they outshot their opponent from Canada 48-21.The 48-shots are a season high for Florida.
Losing 6-2 their last matchup that sparked their most recent losing streak, you knew the Panthers were going to come out and try to avenge their loss, and avenge they did.
Goals from Tom Gilbert, Jesse Winchester, Shawn Matthias and an empty netter from Marcel Goc led the way and Tim Thomas was good in net when he needed to be – stopping 20-of-21 shots for the victory.
The Panthers outshot the Maple Leafs 19-4 but were unable to get any pucks past Bernier – who made 44-saves in the losing effort.
Tom Gilbert scored his third of the season, and first since December 19 against the Ottawa Senators – a power play goal. The Panthers boost the league’s worst power play, but the Maple Leafs are among the worst while a man down – so something had to give.
After registering 19-shots in the first and then 18-in the second, the Panthers only found the net 11-times in the third but made them count, scoring three times to secure the victory.
Campbell scored his sixth of the season, on a shot from the left circle on a nice pass from Scott Gomez – who played a great game on the fourth line with Matthias and Jesse Winchester.
The Maple Leaf’s prized free agent signing made it an one goal game until Matthias scored on the rush, beating Bernier short side with a beautiful wrist shot.
Jonathan Huberdeau finished a goal shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick, recording an assist and participating in his first NHL scrap against Jake Gardiner in the second period.
Thomas improves his career record against the Maple Leafs to 21-6-5. He had yet to face them this season, but had done so 32-other times as a member of the Boston Bruins.
Two games remain now between now and the Olympic break, and will play the Detroit Red Wings Thursday before wrapping up against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.
Anthony Murphy is the Editor at The Rat Trick. You can follow him on Twitter @AMurphyTFC or contact him by email [email protected]