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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 3

by Carly Peters / Florida Panthers
The Panthers celebrate won of their five goals against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. It's the third time this season that the Panthers have recorded five goals against the Leafs (Getty Images)

The Panthers moved to 30-20-12, the team’s best record through 62 games since going 34-19-4-5) in 1999-2000.

Florida now owns a six-game point streak against Toronto (5-0-1), outscoring the Leafs 26-12 in that span. Florida moved to 12-3-2 vs. Toronto since 2008. The Panthers also scored five goals against the Leafs for the third time in as many games this season (15-7).

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Florida’s two goals 2:21 into the game were the fastest two goals to start an away game in Panthers franchise history. Florida scored twice in the opening 2:44 of a 6-5 OT loss in New Jersey on Oct. 30, 2000 and scored twice in 1:42 of a 4-3 loss to Carolina in Sunrise on Dec. 15, 2010.

The Panthers matched their season high with their fourth straight road win (Oct. 29-Nov. 15).
Florida stretched its lead in the Southeast Division to three points, as Washington forced overtime by scoring with 25 seconds left in regulation on home ice, before topping the Islanders in the extra session to jump past idle Winnipeg. The Panthers have now been in first for 89 days this season.

The Panthers moved to 3-0-0 since mounting a third-period comeback to earn a shootout win in Carolina Saturday.

The Panthers scored at least five goals for the first time since Dec. 27 – the last time they faced the Maple Leafs.

Marcel Goc’s goal 13 seconds into the game was the Panthers quickest goal to start any period this season. It was just :03 shy of the franchise record for both fastest Florida goal into a game and fastest goal into a period (:10, Johan Garpenlov at COL – 10/17/96).

The Panthers moved to 11-2-2 against Canadian opponents this season, including a 5-1-1 record north of the border.
With two goals, Mike Santorelli notched his first multi-point game of the season and matched his career high of two goals in a game (2-0-2) at the Islanders on Nov. 20, 2010.

With a goal on the night, Stephen Weiss now has eight points (3-5-8) in his last nine games and is T-2nd on the Panthers with 46 points (16-30-46) in 60 games this year. The Toronto native has 23 points (9-14-23) in 30 career games against the Maple Leafs.

Sean Bergenheim tallied an assist and now has five points (2-3-5) in his last four games, 12 points (7-5-12) in his last 14 and 15 points (10-5-15) in his last 18 games. In just 42 games this season, he’s totaled 19 points (14-5-19) – only one goal shy of his career high of 15 set in 59 games with the Islanders in 2008-09.

Erik Gudbranson notched a career-high +2 rating, his first assist in eight games and three blocked shots.

After leading all NHL defensemen in goals for most of the season, Jason Garrison moved back into a tie for first with his 14th marker of the season, scoring on a wrist shot from the circle – his first goal that hasn’t been a slapshot from the point.

Florida moved to 21-2-7 when scoring a power-play goal. The Panthers scored at least two power-play goals for the first time since Dec. 27  - the last time they faced the Leafs.

The Panthers moved to 24-3-4 when tallying at least three goals this season (including shootouts).

Florida is now 18-1-4 when leading after two periods and 11-2-3 when leading after the first period.

Jose Theodore allowed more than two goals for the first time in seven appearances (six starts) since missing four games with a knee injury to begin the month.

Marcel Goc’s goal ended a three-game point drought, but he now has five points (1-4-5) in his last seven games and seven points (1-6-7) in his last 10 games. It was his first goal since netting two points (1-1-2) at Colorado on Jan. 18.

Brian Campbell has six points (1-5-6) in his last eight games and is second among all NHL defensemen with 43 points (4-39-43) in 62 games this season. He’s now totaled 25 points (5-20-25) in 39 games vs. Toronto.
With an assist, Tomas Fleischmann has eight points (3-5-8) in his last 10 games and 12 points (5-7-12) in his last 14 contests.

Wojetk Wolski earned the lone assist on Goc’s goal, as he now has two points (1-1-2) in three games with the Panthers since being acquired from the Rangers on Saturday. 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 starting the year with Phoenix.

The Panthers scored the opening goal for just the fourth time in their last 12 games. Florida is now 19-2-7 when scoring the game’s first goal.

Marcel Goc returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury. John Madden returned to the lineup after missing four games with a lower-body injury (plus a healthy scratch Sunday).

Kris Versteeg  did not join the Panthers on the road trip due to a lower-body injury. Tomas Kopecky did not dress for tonight’s game due to injury. The Panthers have now lost 279 man games to injury this season.

The Panthers head to Winnipeg and return to action when they face the Jets in a first-place showdown Thursday at 8:30 ET on FOX Sports Florida and 560 WQAM.

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