SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Panthers thought Toronto got lucky. The
Maple Leafs believed they simply started playing better hockey.
Owen Nolan scored two third-period goals to help Toronto rally for a 4-4 tie
with the Florida on Monday night.
"We played a great third period," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "We
showed a lot of character and heart. We looked really tired in the second
period, we didn't have a lot of energy and we made a lot of mistakes."
Nolan began Toronto's comeback with a power-play goal at 7:57 of the third
when he tipped in Bryan McCabe's wrist shot, then tied it with 2:17 left in
regulation when he batted a loose puck out of the air to the side of goalie
"The last three goals were all batted up in the air," Luongo said. "I've
never seen anything like that. I think they got lucky."
Darcy Tucker and Nik Antropov also scored for Toronto, which had its
franchise-record 16-game point streak snapped by the New York Islanders on
Saturday. The Maple Leafs are 14-1-2-1 in their last 18.
"The last couple of games we've been trying to win the game on talent
alone," Nolan said. "We had a little talk after the second period and we came
Nathan Horton, Viktor Kozlov, Pavel Trnka and Juraj Kolnik scored for the
Panthers, who extended their home unbeaten streak to six (3-0-3).
The Maple Leafs beat Florida 5-2 six days earlier in Toronto.
Toronto's Ed Belfour finished with 35 saves. Luongo stopped 34 shots.
"The one goal I thought was a lucky goal," Florida coach Rick Dudley said,
referring to Nolan's tying score. "You don't pick it out of the air like that.
It was great hand-eye coordination, but how many times would you do it?"
The Panthers outshot Toronto 19-7 in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and
grab a 4-2 lead.
Trnka made it 3-2 with his second goal of the season after Belfour stopped
Olli Jokinen's wrist shot from the side of the net. Trnka banged in the rebound
from the goal mouth.
Trnka's other goal this season was also against Toronto.
Kolnik extended the lead at 16:08 of the second when he stole the puck near
the blue line and beat Belfour with a high slap shot.
Kozlov gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead at 2:22 of the second with a power-play
Antropov tied it 2-2 at 4:19 of the second when he tipped Alexei
Ponikarovsky's beautiful cross-ice pass past Luongo.
Horton opened the scoring at 7:14 of the first by putting in the rebound of
Andreas Lilja's slap shot from the point.
"I'd like to have the first goal back, I'd like to have the third goal back
... I'd like to have them all back," Belfour said.
Tucker tied it with 1:54 left in the first by scoring for the third
consecutive game. After Luongo stopped Owen Nolan's shot as he skated in from
behind the net, Tucker knocked the rebound over Luongo's left shoulder.