NHL Game Summary - Florida at Toronto
(Monday, October 9th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker scored during a shootout to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Florida Panthers, 2-1, at the Air Canada Centre.
After Jeff O'Neill missed his opportunity for Toronto, but Sundin used a short-side slap shot from the slot to beat goaltender Alexander Auld high glove side and Tucker followed with a successful wrist shot, putting the puck between the netminder's legs.
Auld stopped 47 shots in the defeat.
Toronto goaltender Andrew Raycroft blocked shots by Nathan Horton and Todd Bertuzzi.
"The guys were awesome," Raycroft said. "They had a ton of chances in the game, then we finally got one and we got them in the shootout."
Kyle Wellwood scored for the Maple Leafs, who rebounded from a 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday. Tucker and Pavel Kubina assisted Wellwood's goal with 8:43 left in regulation.
Stephen Weiss scored for the Panthers, who lost their second straight after opening the season with a win over Boston. Gary Roberts and Bertuzzi assisted on Weiss' goal.
Raycroft needed to stop only 24 shots. He made a blocker save on a Jay Bouwmeester breakaway in the overtime period, setting up the shootout victory for Toronto.
Trailing 1-0, Toronto tied the score as Wellwood scored on a slap shot from the right circle to the glove side of Auld's shoulder for a three-game point streak.
"Coming down my wing, I saw Mats, and decided to just shoot it," Wellwood said. "It's about time we won one in a shootout. Mats and Darcy were outstanding."
Florida broke a scoreless tie with just under four minutes into the third period. Weiss found a rebound and scored his first goal of the season on a backhander stick side on the power play.
Florida finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Toronto went 0-for-6.
Pavel Kubina hit his left knee against Bertuzzi's knee with 2:45 left in the third and did not return for the fifth injured defenseman for the Leafs since training camp. He will be examined Tuesday...Joe Nieuwendyk and Rostislav Olesz left in the first period with undisclosed injuries for the Panthers...Florida goaltender Ed Belfour, who was signed as a free agent over the summer, had spent the previous three seasons as Toronto's primary starter but did not play...Toronto swept four games from Florida last season.
10/09 23:07:06 ET