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game recap

Florida Panthers 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) _ Gary Roberts doesn't feel so old now that the Toronto Maple Leafs have added 41-year-old center Ron Francis to the team.

Roberts scored twice, and Ed Belfour made 15 saves for his seventh shutout of the season as the Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 5-0 Tuesday night.

``I've actually gotten younger. I'm not one of the old guys anymore,'' the 37-year-old Roberts said. ``If you're 35 on our team, you're still young. We've been kidding around about that. There's no doubt we are an older group, but I think there is a lot of legs left in the old guys.''

Francis, acquired from Carolina earlier Tuesday, becomes the oldest Leafs player. Belfour is 38, Joe Nieuwendyk and Calle Johansson are 37 and Brian Leetch is 36.

Roberts, a teammate of Francis' in Carolina, helped persuade Francis to drop his no-trade clause.

``I talked to him briefly in the morning. I tried to influence him a little bit. I told him how great a city and how great a hockey town this is,'' Roberts said. ``I didn't have to tell him that. He knew.''

Francis arrived during the first period and watched the game. He will make his Toronto debut Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

``I'm well aware we have a very good hockey team,'' Francis said. ``We have a lot of experience and leadership.''

The Maple Leafs have nine players who have been NHL captains, including current leader Mats Sundin.

Belfour recorded his 72nd career shutout, putting him ahead of Harry Lumley for 10th on the NHL career list. Belfour, plagued recently by a sore back, was rarely tested as the Panthers managed just 12 shots throughout the first two periods.

The Maple Leafs didn't acquire a backup goalie before Tuesday's NHL trade deadline despite Belfour's sore back, which has kept him from practicing.

Owen Nolan, Matt Stajan and Joe Nieuwendyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of five.

The Maple Leafs outshot Florida 42-15.

The offensively challenged Panthers traded leading scorer Valeri Bure on Monday. Florida has won just once in six games (1-4-1).

Florida goalie Steve Shields says some of his teammates are not giving a complete effort.

``We have a lot of guys that show up and play hard and we have some that are holding us back,'' Shields said. ``It's pretty obvious to everybody we're a team that's in ninth or 10th because we don't have everybody coming to the rink every night.''

Nolan's one-timer from in front of the net gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 5:23 of the first period, and Roberts put a rebound past goalie Steve Shields at 10:52.

Nolan, acquired before last year's trade deadline, made a pass from behind the net to Stajan, who stretched the lead to 3-0 at 4:48 of the third.

Nieuwendyk scored at 11:31, and Roberts made it 5-0 less than two minutes later.

Fans chanted 'Eddie!, Eddie!' in the final minutes.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:23
TOR
Owen Nolan (15) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Stajan (13)
1 - 0 TOR
10:52
TOR
Gary Roberts (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Sundin (40), Alexander Mogilny (14)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:58
TOR
Matt Stajan (13) Snap shot - ASST: Owen Nolan (25), Thomas Fitzgerald (9)
3 - 0 TOR
11:31
TOR
Joe Nieuwendyk (15) Wrap-around - ASST: NONE
4 - 0 TOR
13:14
TOR
Gary Roberts (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (30)
5 - 0 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:25
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Nathan Perrott
05:25
TOR
Nathan Perrott  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
11:43
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Hi-sticking against  Mathieu Biron
15:20
FLA
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
15:20
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Marchment
15:20
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Darcy Hordichuk
15:20
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
2nd Period
04:14
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Hi-sticking against  Nik Antropov
07:24
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Diving against  Owen Nolan
07:24
TOR
Owen Nolan  Cross checking against  Darcy Hordichuk
09:37
TOR
Mats Sundin  Roughing against  Andreas Lilja
18:38
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Roughing against  Brian Leetch
3rd Period
14:11
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Slashing against  Bryan Marchment
16:43
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Checking from behind (maj) against  Byron Ritchie
16:43
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Game misconduct against  Byron Ritchie
goalie stats
Steve Shields
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 31 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .881SH: 4 - 4
Ed Belfour
SA: 15TOI: 60:00
Saves: 15EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0