NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Florida
(Monday, November 28th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Ed Belfour made 34 saves and Bryan McCabe scored the winning goal on a two-man advantage midway through the third period, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Florida Panthers, 2-1, at the BankAtlantic Center.
Belfour picked up his 447th career victory, tying Terry Sawchuk for second place on the all-time list. Patrick Roy is first all-time with 550 career wins.
Darcy Tucker scored the other Toronto goal, his ninth of the season, as the Leafs kicked off a stretch of four games in six nights with a win. Toronto has won six of its last eight games.
Roberto Luongo turned aside 24-of-26 shots for the Panthers, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games. Stephen Weiss scored the lone goal and former Maple Leaf Joe Nieuwendyk picked up an assist.
McCabe scored the winning goal with 9:42 remaining. From the left point, Tomas Kaberle slid the puck over to McCabe, who one-timed the puck top corner on Luongo's stick side.
McCabe leads all NHL defensemen with 33 points.
The Panthers had a great chance to tie the game with 5:51 remaining, but Belfour made a sliding save on a redirected shot from the point.
With Toronto defenseman Alexander Khavanov in the box for hooking, Florida had a power play opportunity with less than three minutes to play, but managed only one shot during the two minutes.
Both teams did not score in the first period, but Florida had the best scoring chance with around six minutes to go. From the slot, Olli Jokinen let go a wrist shot that hit Belfour right in the mask, stunning the goalie, but Toronto was able to clear the puck. Belfour finished the first period with eight stops.
The Maple Leafs scored the game's first goal at 11:59 of the second stanza. From the left boards, Eric Lindros made a pass to Jeff O'Neill in front of the net, and he redirected the pass to Tucker at the right side of the crease. Tucker easily slipped the puck past Luongo.
Weiss evened the score late in the second period. On the power play, defenseman Lukas Krajicek, let go a slap shot from the top of the point that Belfour kicked out, but a diving Weiss was able to whack the rebound home.
Kaberle picked up his 19th assist as did Toronto forward Jason Allison...Krajicek now has a point in four straight games...The Panthers are 3-10 in one-goal games...Luongo has a record of 1-12 in his last 13 games...The Maple Leafs are now 5-4-2 on the road.
11/28 22:04:18 ET