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Panthers Prowling At ACC

Tuesday, 12.23.2003 / 9:28 AM ET / News
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Panthers Prowling At ACC
December 23, 2003

GAME: Florida Panthers (11-15-7-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (19-6-6-3).

TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST. -- TSN -- Regional

The red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs look to extend their franchise-record points streak as they host the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs have registered at least one point in 14 consecutive games, including Saturday's 4-2 home victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds left, and Wade Belak and Bryan McCabe also added goals for Toronto.

Sundin's goal was his third in as many games, giving him 714 points as a Leaf -- fourth most in club history. His goal Saturday came off a wrist shot from the boards that was deflected off the stick of defenseman Francis Bouillon, sailing over Montreal goalie Jose Theodore's shoulder.

"Sundin's goal is a sign of how good things are going for us," said Belak, who scored his first goal of the season.

Toronto hasn't lost in regulation since Nov. 20 at Edmonton, and is 12-0-1-1 over that stretch.

The Maple Leafs are tied with Philadelphia with an Eastern Conference-leading 47 points.

The Panthers have just two victories in their last eight games, but have earned seven points over that span, including Monday's 3-2 overtime loss at Ottawa.

Valeri Bure scored twice and Roberto Luongo stopped 42 shots for Florida, which was outshot 45-21.

"We're not going to win hockey games if we do two things: turn the puck over and don't get the puck out of our zone," Luongo said. "We did that all night and that's why we lost."

-- Associated Press

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