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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 2

by Carly Peters / Florida Panthers
Florida swept the season series against Toronto for the second time in team history. The Panthers also went 4-0-0 in 2008-09, but two of those wins came in overtime. This season, Jose Theodore earned all four wins, totaling 121 saves on 130 shots (.931 SV%). In 2008-09, Tomas Vokoun won three of the contests while Craig Anderson earned one victory.

Florida extended its point streak against Toronto to seven games (6-0-1) and moved to 13-3-2 against the Maple Leafs since 2008.

The Panthers scored five goals in each of the four meetings between the teams this season for a 20-9 goal advantage in the season series.

With Washington’s comeback, shootout win vs. the Islanders, Florida remains one point ahead of the Capitals in the Southeast Division standings. Florida has now been in first place for 103 days on the season, including a current run of 18 straight days. It’s the latest in the season the Panthers have been in first place in franchise history.

Florida moved to 33-23-13, the Panthers’ best record through 69 games since going 36-23-5-5 in 1999-2000.

The Panthers moved to 13-3-2 against Canadian opponents this season, including a 8-1-1 record on home ice.

Jose Theodore earned his 20th win of the season and moved to 2-0-1 in his last three games, stopping 93-of-96 (.969 SV%). He’s allowed two goals or less in 10 of his 13 appearances since returning from a four-game absence (knee) on Feb. 12 and is 5-2-1 in his last eight games.

Sean Bergenheim scored two goals, tallying a point in each of his three games against the Leafs this season (3-1-4). With his second goal, he set a new full-season career his with 16 goals, surpassing his 15 with the Islanders in 2008-09. He’s totaled 21 points (16-5-21) in just 49 games this year. It was his first points in seven games, since tallying an assist against the Leafs on Feb. 28.

Jason Garrison scored his 15th goal of the season, his first since scoring in Toronto on Feb. 28 – both of which are his only non- slapshot-from-the-point goals this season. With the goal, he tied Florida’s franchise record for most goals by a defenseman in a season (15, Jay Bouwmeester 2008-09 & 2007-08, Bryan McCabe 2008-09). He was one second away from being credited with a power-play goal, which would have set a franchise record for most power-play goals by a defenseman (9, Gord Murphy 1993-94 & Jay Bouwmeester 2008-09). He ranks second in the NHL for most goals by a defenseman this season, totaling 28 points (15-13-28) in 64 games. He also has eight points (4-4-8) in nine career games against Toronto.

Wojtek Wolski earned his first multi-point game with the Panthers, netting two assists. He now has four assists in his last three games and has seven points (2-5-7) in 10 games with the Panthers since being acquired from the Rangers prior to the trade deadline. He also has nine assists in eight career games against the Maple Leafs. Throughout his career, he has performed well after late-season trades: he notched 18 points (6-12-18) in 18 games to end the 2009-10 season with Phoenix after being moved from Colorado and posted 19 points (6-13-19) in 37 games with the Rangers to finish the 2010-11 season after coming from Phoenix.

Tomas Kopecky tallied the game-winning goal and added an assist. He also had a season-high five shots and tied his season high with four hits. He’s totaled 26 points (7-19-26) in 67 games this season.

Marcel Goc netted a goal and an assist, totaling 21 points (9-12-21) in 45 games this season, including 18 points (6-12-18) in 28 games since returning from a 22-game absence (upper-body injury) on Jan. 5.

Florida moved to 26-3-4 when tallying at least three goals this season (including shootouts).

The Cats moved to 23-2-7 when scoring with the man advantage this season, including a 15-0-1 mark when scoring a PPG and not allowing an opponent PPG.

Florida scored the opening goal for the third straight game, after a span of allowing the first goal in 12-of-16 games. Florida moved to 21-2-8 when scoring first.

The Panthers scored just :59 into the game, notching the opening goal in all four games against Toronto this season. In the last meeting on Feb. 28, the Panthers tallied just :13 and 2:21 into the game. In the game prior to that on Dec. 27, the Cats scored at 1:57 of the opening period.

The Panthers moved to 12-2-3 when leading after the opening period and 21-1-5 when leading after two periods.

Tonight’s attendance: 17,475

Five Panthers missed the game with injury, as Florida has now lost 309 man games to injury this season.

Florida continues its four-game homestand with its third contest, Thursday vs. Boston at 7:30 on FOX Sports Florida and 560 WQAM.
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