Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
MapleLeafs.com proudly sponsored by ROGERS™ Welcome to the Official Site of Leafs Nation - MapleLeafs.com
 

Leafs Close Out Back-To-Back In Florida

Thursday, 17.03.2011 / 11:04 AM / News
X
Share with your Friends


Leafs Close Out Back-To-Back In Florida
MAPLE LEAFS (31-30-10) at PANTHERS (28-33-9)

TV -- SNET-Ontario (HD); FS-Florida (HD

Last 10 -- Toronto 4-3-3; Florida 3-5-2

Season series -- It's the fourth and final meeting this season, with the home team winning each of the first three. The Leafs haven't been to South Florida since losing 4-1 on Nov. 10.

Big story -- The Leafs keep nudging a little closer toward the top eight in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They were outshot 37-19 on Wednesday at Carolina, but got big nights from captain Dion Phaneuf and rookie goaltender James Reimer to beat the Hurricanes 3-1 and move within four points of eighth-place Buffalo. They visit a Florida team that's all but out of the race after a 3-2 home loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Team Scope:

Maple Leafs -- Before Wednesday's game, there was conjecture that coach Ron Wilson might sit Reimer and start veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Hurricanes. Wilson lifted Reimer in Monday night's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay, but said he had no intention of sitting a supposedly tired Reimer against the 'Canes -- and was rewarded with a 36-save performance and a much-needed two points.

"If I don't play Reimer, I'm an idiot, so let's leave that rest," Wilson said. "Reims isn't tired -- he's going to have some nights where he's not as good as he is on other nights. That's like everyone in this League."

Panthers -- Florida is all but assured of an NHL-record 10th consecutive season without a trip to the playoffs. The squad that lost to the Flyers includes 10 players who've been called up from the AHL this season. Florida led 2-1 after one period, but allowed two second-period goals and couldn't recover.

"You're not going to play mistake-free," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "No one likes that we're not winning but you can't deny they're giving an effort out there. That's all a coach can ask."

Who's hot -- Phaneuf had 2 goals and an assist in the win at Carolina and has 3 goals and 5 points in a four-game scoring streak. … Florida's Stephen Weiss scored Tuesday and has 3 goals and 6 points in eight games this month. Tomas Vokoun has allowed just one goal on 72 shots in winning his last two games against Toronto.

Injury report -- The Maple Leafs played without Colby Armstrong after he broke a foot blocking a shot Monday. Defenseman Mike Komisarek left Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury and didn't return. Forward Colton Orr (head) is still out and may not be back before the end of the season. … Florida's injury list includes Scott Timmins (concussion), Alexander Sulzer (upper body), Rostislav Klesla (leg) and Jack Skille and Shawn Mattias (ankle). Former first-rounder Jacob Markstrom had successful knee surgery on Wednesday and is expected back for training camp.

Stat pack -- The Leafs are 5-0-2 in their last seven on the road -- and play seven of their last 11 away from Air Canada Centre. … Florida has outscored Toronto 6-1 in winning the last two meetings at the BankAtlantic Center.

Puck drop -- Reimer said the benching in the loss to Tampa Bay served as inspiration for his performance at Carolina.

"To be honest, I had a little bit of extra motivation today because I had heard through the grapevine that Tampa Bay had said that something to the effect that I was just a typical Francois Allaire goalie and they knew how to beat me," Reimer said. ``I'm not going to lie -- that kind of rubbed me the wrong way and ticked me off.

Fantom Sticker Album



torontomapleleafs.com is the official Web site of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs.com are trademarks of MLSE.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 MLSE and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.


Terms Of Use | Contact Us | Employment Opportunities | Advertise on mapleleafs.com | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map