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Panthers score eight in win against Maple Leafs

Huberdeau has goal, assist to pass Jokinen for most points in Florida history

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Huberdeau's historic night

TOR@FLA: Huberdeau sets franchise points record

Jonathan Huberdeau has a goal and an assist to pass Olli Jokinen for the most points in Panthers history

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to pass Olli Jokinen for the most points in Florida Panthers history in an 8-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at BB&T Center on Sunday.

Huberdeau, who has 420 points (143 goals, 277 assists) in 512 games, set the record with an assist on Mike Hoffman's power-play goal at 4:33 of the third period.

"It's cool," Huberdeau said. "Another great night. Couldn't ask for better. Overall, the team played really good, big win. We knew we needed it tonight and on top of that history, it's pretty cool and I'm going try to enjoy that tonight."

 

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Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and two assists for the Panthers (24-16-5), who have won consecutive games after alternating wins and losses their previous seven games.

Chris Driedger made 43 saves starting in place of Sergei Bobrovsky, who sustained an upper-body injury in practice Saturday.

"I thought he did very well," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. "He had a great start to the game and then all of a sudden it's a 7-4 game in the third and he did what he had to do to get the win. He did a fine job with a lot of shots. They test you almost every single shift with something at the net and traffic. He did what he had to do."

Mitchell Marner scored two goals, and Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs (24-16-6), who are 0-2-1 in their past three games following a 10-game point streak (9-0-1). Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 12 shots before being replaced in the second period by Michael Hutchinson, who made 13 saves.

Video: TOR@FLA: Vatrano buries SHG from the low slot

"Tonight we were giving up too many odd-man chances," Marner said. "It seems like every guy that had a 2-on-1 had a gun of a shot or a [heck] of a vision to make a play. We were leaving our goalie out to dry on multiple goals tonight. It's unfair to them and we have to be way better."

Josh Brown scored 1:49 into the first period to give Florida a 1-0 lead before Barkov converted on a one-timer to make it 2-0 at 3:47.

Hoffman scored for the fourth straight game to extend the lead to 3-0 at 13:39.

"As the season goes, it kind of happens for players," Hoffman said. "When it's going to the right way, you just try and do the same things and opportunities come and try to capitalize on those chances that you get."

Video: TOR@FLA: Hoffman wires wrist shot from the circle

Mike Matheson scored 49 seconds into the second period on a slap shot from the point to make it 4-0 before Frank Vatrano pushed the lead to 5-0 with a shorthanded goal at 2:25.

Hyman made it 5-1 at 3:30, but Trocheck scored the Panthers third goal on three shots in the second to make it 6-1 at 5:46.

Huberdeau tied Jokinen's record at 12:37 when he took a pass from Barkov on a 2-on-1 and deked to his backhand to give Florida a 7-1 lead.

"He had some wow factors again tonight," Quenneville said. "He made a couple plays that are pretty amazing. [Barkov] gave him a couple of nice feeds there, one he finished. It will be interesting to see how far he gets those points on the board here in Florida."

Marner scored to make it 7-2 at 13:00 before John Tavares beat Driedger glove side from the high slot to cut it to 7-3 at 15:26.

Marner scored his second goal 34 seconds into the third period to make it 7-4.

Video: TOR@FLA: Marner finishes pretty passing with Hyman

After Hoffman's power-play goal made it 8-4, Cody Ceci appeared to cut it to 8-5 at 13:11 of the third, but the Situation Room confirmed the call on the ice that he played the puck with a high stick.

"We know they're a good team," Huberdeau said. "I thought we had a great start, great second as well. They came back a little bit, but we still stuck with it. We played well. Obviously, when everybody gets some points, we're one of the best teams in the League. That's how we've got to play to be in the playoffs."

 

They said it

"You take [the loss] as what it is, which is a good slap in the face. It's a good reminder of how we can't play if we have any intention at all of being a successful team." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe

"Obviously a great player. I saw [Huberdeau] when he was 16 years old in junior and you could tell right from then he was going to be a special player. He's worked hard and blossomed into one of the best in the League." -- Panthers forward Mike Hoffman

 

Need to know

Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson had two shots in 11:06 of ice time in his return after missing 15 games because of a leg injury. … Hutchinson stopped Vatrano on a penalty shot with 4:24 left in the third period. … Quenneville said Bobrovsky should be ready when the Panthers play the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. … Panthers forward Brian Boyle played in his 800th NHL game.

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Panthers: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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