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Panthers 7, Maple Leafs 3

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 7, Maple Leafs 3
Florida Panthers 7, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -A couple of unwanted ex-Maple Leafs stuck it to their former team.

Gary Roberts scored twice and Ed Belfour made 33 saves in his first game in Toronto since he was cut by the Maple Leafs, leading the Florida Panthers to a 7-3 rout Tuesday night.

Ville Peltonen, Rostislav Olesz, Martin Gelinas, Joel Kwiatkowski and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who won back-to-back road games for the first time this season. They had lost their previous five in Toronto.

The 40-year-old Roberts spent four memorable seasons in Toronto before signing with Florida last season. He wanted to be traded back to Toronto this past summer but Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. didn't want him.

"It was nice to have a big night in Toronto along with Eddie," said Roberts, a Toronto native who pumped his first after being named first star

Belfour, 41, had two good years with the Maple Leafs before struggling last season. The team bought out his contract after acquiring Andrew Raycroft, who allowed six goals on 26 shots before being replaced to start the third.

Belfour - speaking to the media for the first time since Nov. 2 - said he was a little surprised they cut him.

"It's new management and he's got to make his own way. I wasn't part of his plan," Belfour said of Ferguson. "You want do well against your former team."

Raycroft made several impressive saves, but defenseman Hal Gill's two turnovers led to breakaways that deflated his team.

Peltonen stole the puck from Gill, who fell down before Peltonen skated in on a breakaway and gave Florida a 3-1 lead at 19:53 of the first. Roberts then intercepted Gill's pass, skated in and scored on a slap shot just 28 seconds into the second, prompting Toronto fans to boo Gill.

"That was a huge blow to our team. I just can't do that. It's a shame that a couple of mistakes by one guy can throw a game like that," Gill said.

Jeff O'Neill, Tomas Kaberle and Carlo Colaiacovo scored for the Maple Leafs, whose three-game winning streak ended. Toronto beat the New York Rangers 9-2 on Saturday.

O'Neill scored on Toronto's first shot on Belfour. After being left alone at the side of the net, O'Neill put a shot under Belfour's glove.

But the Panthers followed with four straight goals.

After a scramble in front, Olesz put the puck between Raycroft's legs at 16:00 of the first. Roberts tipped Mark Van Ryn's pass past Raycroft at 19:03. Just 50 seconds later, Gill made the first of his costly turnovers.

Gelinas tipped a shot past Raycroft at 6:21 of the second and Kwiatkowski made it 6-1 on the power play at 16:56 of the second.

Florida outshot Toronto 14-4 in the second.

Belfour made a couple of big saves early in the game. He poked checked Toronto's Mats Sundin and turned away Darcy Tucker's one-timer from the side of the goal during a Toronto power play.

"He came up with some big saves that really kept us in the game and then we were able to capitalize with three quick goals at the end of the first period," Florida coach Jacques Martin said.

Notes: Belfour made 18 saves Saturday to help Florida snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Boston. ... The Maple Leafs scored 18 goals during their three-game winning streak. They lost a season-high seven in a row before the streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:51
TOR
Jeff O'Neill (11) Wrist shot - ASST: John Pohl (2), Ian White (12)
1 - 0 TOR
16:00
FLA
Rostislav Olesz (3) Snap shot - ASST: Ville Peltonen (7), Jozef Stumpel (13)
1 - 1 Tie
19:03
FLA
Gary Roberts (10) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Van Ryn (11), Olli Jokinen (21)
2 - 1 FLA
19:53
FLA
Ville Peltonen (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 FLA
2nd Period
00:28
FLA
Gary Roberts (11) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 FLA
06:21
FLA
PPG - Martin Gelinas (3) Tip-in - ASST: Joel Kwiatkowski (1), Jozef Stumpel (14)
5 - 1 FLA
16:56
FLA
PPG - Joel Kwiatkowski (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jozef Stumpel (15), Mike Van Ryn (12)
6 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
06:36
FLA
Nathan Horton (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Jozef Stumpel (16), Olli Jokinen (22)
7 - 1 FLA
11:42
TOR
Tomas Kaberle (8) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (11)
7 - 2 FLA
18:17
TOR
Carlo Colaiacovo (2) Snap shot - ASST: John Pohl (3), Bates Battaglia (9)
7 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
00:50
FLA
Rostislav Olesz  Hi-sticking against  Hal Gill
04:56
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hooking against  Jeff O'Neill
11:45
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
2nd Period
06:15
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
10:51
TOR
Mats Sundin  Hooking against  Jozef Stumpel
16:12
TOR
Mats Sundin  Hooking against  Nathan Horton
3rd Period
01:16
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Rostislav Olesz
02:49
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
02:49
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Nathan Horton
04:29
TOR
Michael Peca  Game misconduct
04:29
TOR
Michael Peca  Misconduct (10 min)
04:29
TOR
Michael Peca  Unsportsmanlike conduct
04:29
TOR
Mats Sundin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
06:55
FLA
Bryan Allen  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
09:42
FLA
Steve Montador  Roughing against  Hal Gill
09:42
TOR
Hal Gill  Roughing against  Steve Montador
12:08
FLA
Chris Gratton  Hooking against  Hal Gill
13:17
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Holding against  Darcy Tucker
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 26TOI: 40:00
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .769SH: 3 - 3
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 5 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0