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[February 05, 2014]
SUNRISE, Fla. — Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1: Shawn
Matthias scored an unassisted goal with just over 6 1/2 minutes to play
to thwart a comeback as host Florida snapped Toronto's three-game
Defenseman Tom Gilbert netted a power-play goal and Jesse
Winchester scored early in the third period to help the Panthers
halt a three-game skid in which they were outscored 16-6. Marcel Goc
added an empty-net goal, Brian Campbell collected a pair of assists
and Tim Thomas turned aside 20 shots and ended a seven-game streak
in which he surrendered at least three goals.
David Clarkson scored the only goal for the Maple Leafs, who lost
for only the third time in their last 12 games (9-2-1). Jonathan
Bernier made 44 saves and was immense in the opening two periods,
when Toronto was outshot 37-12.
Winchester gave Florida a 2-0 edge 5:21 into the third period when
Campbell's wrister from the top of the left circle deflected off him
and past Bernier. Toronto cut the deficit in half four minutes later
when Nazem Kadri forced a turnover and set up Clarkson for a wrister
that beat Thomas short side.
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Matthias restored the two-goal cushion just under four minutes
later, pouncing on a turnover from defenseman Cody Franson and
breaking down the left side before wristing a shot over the right
pad of Bernier. Gilbert opened the scoring 74 seconds into the
middle session with a straight-on blast past a screened Bernier.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Maple Leafs RW Phil Kessel had his four-game point
streak stopped and was held off the scoresheet for only the second
time in 13 games. ... Thomas improved to 21-6-5 lifetime against
Toronto. ... Clarkson's goal was his first point in 10 games.
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