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Leafs can not solve Kidd

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Trevor Kidd stopped 48 shots, including all eight in overtime, and Peter Worrell and Olli Jokinen scored as the Florida Panthers settled for a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The single point gave the Maple Leafs 92, tying them with Ottawa for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The top four teams get home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"Down two goals against Florida at home is not good enough. We found a way to get back and earn a point. It was a big point for us but at the same time, not our best effort," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said.

Kidd made 12 saves over the game's first 6:20, stopping a backhander by Darcy Tucker and denying Alexander Mogilny on the rebound.

Darcy Tucker get a chance in close on Trvor Kidd.
Graig Abel Photography
"Trevor is definitely the only reason we got a point tonight," Panthers left wing Peter Worrell said. "He played tremendous for us in the first period. He gave us a chance."

Kidd also was perfect in overtime, when the Panthers were outshot, 8-0.

"The way we started in the first, to be tied 0-0 is nice," Kidd said. "Let's be honest. We were going out there to keep it close and not embarrass ourselves."

The Leafs had a 42-second two-man advantage in the extra session after Sandis Ozolinsh drew a double-minor for roughing and fellow defenceman Igor Ulanov followed him to the penalty box for high-sticking.

"(On a) 5-on-3, you should capitalize, but we played pretty well," Darcy Tucker said. "We had our chances. Alex (Mogilny) had a few good chances."

Worrell opened the scoring 2:45 into the second period when Maple Leafs teammates Tie Domi and Travis Green both got their sticks on the puck to the right of goaltender Corey Schwab.

Neither could clear it and Worrell was able to lift a shot over Schwab's right shoulder for his fourth goal and first in 10 games. Just over four minutes later, Jokinen beat Schwab to the stick side with a wrist shot from the left circle for his eighth goal.

With Panthers defenceman Brad Ference serving an interference penalty, Tucker got the Leafs on the board 8:16 into the period when he banged in a rebound of Robert Reichel's slap shot. It was Tucker's 20th goal, marking the second time he has reached that plateau.

"(Kidd) stood on his head," Tucker said. "Give their team credit, but I thought the ice was terrible, with the puck lying on edge all the time."

Mats Sundin tied it with 3:22 to play in the second when he skated down the left side, moved behind the net and turned before beating Kidd with a back hand from the slot. It was his 39th goal, tying him for second in the league with Washington's Peter Bondra.

The Maple Leafs' captain also tied Wendel Clark for seventh place on the team's all-time list with 260 goals.

"That's great," Sundin said. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to pass him."

But the 12-year veteran squandered a golden opportunity to win it with 10 seconds left in regulation when he took a feed from Green on the right side and hit the right goalpost with Kidd out of position.

"I fanned on it," Sundin said. "I thought it was going to go in still, but it hit the post."

Schwab made 23 saves on the night. Toronto was 1-for-7 on the power play.

"We're happy to get a point," Jokinen said. "We knew they were going to come out hard right away.

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