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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 2 0 0 3
Maple Leafs 0 0 1 0 1
FLA - T. Fleischmann (5), S. Bergenheim (4), B. Boyes (9) 
TOR - M. Raymond (11)

TORONTO —  ( - Scott Clemmensen and the Florida Panthers are on a roll.

Clemmensen stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive victory, and the Panthers made it four wins in a row by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.

"They were on the road last night and came in late just like Montreal so we have to take advantage. We got some goals early and it was kind of big to get that momentum."

- Panthers forward Brad Boyes.
1. In A Flash: For the second straight game, the Panthers were playing a team that played the previous night. While they couldn't take advantage early against the Canadiens, they did that against the Maple Leafs Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. It wouldn't be long before the Cats got on the board and it came thanks to the breakaway. In his own zone, rookie center Aleksander found and then hit Tomas Fleischmann on a breakaway stretch pass and Fleischmann made no mistake about it, putting the puck top shelf on James Reimer just 3:29 into the game.

2. Two In Period Two: Also for the second straight game, the Panthers used a big second period to take control of the game, scoring twice in the second stanza. It was another early goal in the period that gave them a 2-0 advantage and it was the rookie Barkov making the play to set it up. After the puck was kept in the zone by Dmitry Kulikov, Barkov took a shot on Reimer that stunned the netminder and Sean Bergenheim was there to put in the rebound 5:54 in. Then the boos really rained down on the home team as Brad Boyes stole the puck from Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf to race in all alone. He was denied on his initial shot but put home the rebound with 3:10 left in the period.

3. Putting The Clamps Down: Up three after two, the Panthers had to turn back the Maple Leafs in the third who played their best period of the night. Toronto threw 13 shots on net, five more than they recorded in each of the first two periods and only Mason Raymond on a shot that tricked Scott Clemmensen, was able to find the back of the net with less than four minutes played in the third. The Cats, did a good job in limiting the tough shots for Clemmensen but it was still a busy period for the netminder as Phil Kessel and company came at the Cats most of the period. Holding on for the win helps move the Cats to within six points of a playoff spot after improving their record to 6-1-0 in their last seven games and their fourth straight.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@TeslaMay: Great win at the ACC! So proud to high five some fellow @FlaPanthers fans!

@craigbmiller: Way to go @FlaPanthers! 4 in a row! Can't wait to make it back to South Florida to see them in person on Monday!

@I_SKYNET: Lets make it five. Red five standing by. @FlaPanthers

@paimiovesall: YAY @FlaPanthers won again. So proud of you boys. keep at it.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Andrew Levine: Total team effort again. Keep it rolling.

Gabriel Nagy: Warning!Here comes the Big Fearless Panthers!:) GG boys,again...

Mark Zola: Seriously?! I leave the country and we go crazy with wins! I'm staying in Argentina people! Hah go Panthers!

Mitch Phillips: They are out hustling every team. Way to go!

2. The Cats have dominated the second period of late, scoring two goals in each of their past two games while holding their opponents (Montreal and Toronto) off the score sheet in the second stanza.

4. With the victory, the Cats stretched their season-long winning streak to four games. It's the longest since March 11-20, 2012 when they skated off with five straight victories.

5. The B line led the way in Tuesday night's victory as Aleksander Barkov along with wingers Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes combined for five points. Barkov picked up two assists while Bergenheim had a goal and an assist and Boyes added a goal.

7. He was held off the score sheet last game, ending a career-high five-game point streak, but picking up the second assist on Tomas Fleischmann's first period goal, defenseman Dylan Olsen registered his seventh point in the last seven games.

23-29. Florida finished the game, being outshot 29-23 by Toronto. It broke a string of five straight games in which the Cats had outshot their opponents.

Aleksander Barkov
The rookie center was big in setting up the Panthers first two goals, including the eventual game-winner.

2 Assists, 2 Points, +2, 2 Blocked Shots, 57% FO%, 16:48 TOI
The Cats play the third game of their four-game Canadian road trip on Thursday night as they look to get on the board in their season series after having fallen 3-2 and 4-2 in their first two games against their Atlantic Division foes. Florida's last time in Ottawa, was the first under interim head coach Peter Horachek on Nov. 9th. The Senators, who are currently three points ahead of the Panthers in the Atlantic Division (14-15-6, 34 points), will be in New Jersey on Wednesday night before hosting the Cats. They're led offensively by winger Bobby Ryan (16 goals, 32 points in 35 games) and defenseman Erik Karlsson (22 assists, 31 points in 35 games) while Craig Anderson (9-8-3, 3.36 GAA, .898 SV%) and Robin Lehner (5-7-3, 2.38 GAA, .930 SV%) have shared duties between the pipes. 

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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