Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Maple Leafs Handle Panthers

     The Florida Panthers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. The Cats played their third regular season game in Toronto. It was the second game of a four-game Atlantic Division road trip for the Panthers.
     Toronto(36-24-15) moved out to a 1-0 lead at 11:54 of the first period. Former Panther Zach Hyman had the puck behind the Panthers cage and backhanded a pass toward the slot. Auston Matthews scored on a snap shot for his 35th goal of the season.
     Leo Komarov added another goal for the Maple Leafs with 5:17 left in the frame to make it 2-0. They came into the Panthers zone on a 2-on-1 breakaway. Connor Brown made a cross-ice pass from the left circle and Komarov blasted a one-time slap shot by former Leaf James Reimer.
     Brian Boyle collided into Reimer and he had to leave the game halfway through the second. He was replaced by Reto Berra in net. Florida(33-32-11) cut the margin to 2-1 with 4:29 remaining in the second period. Reilly Smith picked up his 14th goal this campaign and his third tally in the last six games. Keith Yandle and Jason Demers were credited with assists on the play.
     In the third period, Hyman would burn his former team as he scored a shorthanded goal while the Panthers were on the power play at 3:32. Komarov got his second point of the contest.
     The Panthers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker on the power play in the last two minutes and scored with 56 seconds to go and made it 3-2. Keith Yandle took a slap shot from the top of the zone and it was redirected by Aleksander Barkov from the slot off the right post. Jaromir Jagr put the puck into an open net from the crease area for his 15th goal of the season and 762nd NHL goal.

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