NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Florida
(Tuesday, February 10th)
Final Score: Florida 5, Toronto 4 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - One year to the day after a horrific injury, Richard Zednik scored the equalizer and overtime winner to lift the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Cory Stillman led a Florida rush into the Toronto end, and sent a cross-ice pass from the low left circle to the right side of the slot. Zednik was in perfect position for the one-timer, and sent a rocket past Vesa Toskala just 1:08 into the extra session to give the Panthers the win.
On February 10, 2008 in a game against Buffalo, Zednik suffered a cut to an artery in his neck by the skate of then-teammate Olli Jokinen, who was upended during play. Zednik scrambled to the bench while bleeding profusely. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, and missed the rest of the season.
Now fully recovered from the accident, Zednik tallied his ninth and 10th goals of the season, as the Panthers overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to win for the third time in four games.
Nathan Horton, Ville Peltonen and Brett McLean also scored for Florida, while Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves in the win.
Niklas Hagman had two goals for Toronto, which tumbled to its third loss in four games. Jamal Mayers and Nik Antropov also scored for the Leafs, while Toskala turned aside 33 shots in the loss.
Antropov's goal, coming 7:47 into the third period, gave Toronto a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead.
But just 26 seconds later, Horton one-timed a rebound off an errant shot from the left side to make it a two-goal game. Peltonen got Florida within one, as he fought in front of the crease to stuff in the puck with 9:12 remaining.
Then, inside of six minutes left, Kamil Kreps dumped a shallow shot on net from the left side, and Zednik was there to bang home the rebound with 5:29 on the clock to make it a 4-4 game.
Hagman had the only goal of the first period, coming midway through the stanza, though just 3:13 into the second Kreps' shot from the left side hit McLean in the crease before going into the net.
Mayers tallied with 3:10 remaining in the second on a backhander, and on a power play with 1:31 left, Hagman's second goal of the contest made it a 3-1 Toronto lead.
Toronto was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Florida went 0-for-3...The Panthers have won all three meetings with the Leafs so far this season. The final meeting takes place on March 19 in Florida...Dominic Moore, Jason Blake and Pavel Kubina each had two assists for Toronto, while Kreps, Nick Boynton and Stillman each had two helpers for Florida.
02/10 22:41:37 ET