NHL Game Summary - Florida at Toronto|
(Tuesday, February 28th)
Final Score: Florida 5, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Santorelli netted a pair of goals and the
Florida Panthers handed Toronto its fifth straight loss with a 5-3 win over
the Maple Leafs.
Marcel Goc, Jason Garrison and Stephen Weiss also tallied for Florida, which
has won three straight contests on the heels of a four-game slide. Jose
Theodore stopped 28-of-31 shots in the win.
Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Joffrey Lupul lit the lamp for the Leafs, who
have lost nine of their last 10 games. James Reimer allowed five goals on 23
shots in the setback.
Florida quickly struck first, just 13 seconds into the contest. Luke Schenn
whiffed on a pass attempt in his own zone and Goc -- who missed the last three
games with a lower-body injury -- one-timed a slap shot past Reimer from the
Santorelli put the Panthers up by a pair 2:08 later on his snap shot from the
slot off Jack Skille's feed from the right boards.
Lupul appeared to get the Leafs on the board late in the first, but the goal
was disallowed because he kicked the puck into the net.
Kessel made it 2-1 midway through the second on a wrister from the left
circle, but Florida regained its two-goal advantage on Santorelli's backhander
on a Panthers power play 3:08 later.
Garrison's wrister on the power play from the right circle gave Florida a 4-1
lead early in the third.
Kulemin cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 8:48 mark, but the Panthers
reestablished their three-goal advantage 1:01 later on Weiss' tally.
Lupul added a power-play goal late in the third to conclude the scoring.
Florida last won three in a row from February 9-12...Kris Versteeg, who leads
Florida with 49 points this year, did not play on Tuesday after leaving
Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury...Toronto finished its four-game
02/28 22:18:54 ET