Matt Iaboni March 17, 2011
Coming off an emotional win over Carolina, the Maple Leafs didn't have much energy against Florida and it showed in a rough second period.
Just 49 seconds into the period, Sergei Samsonov tipped home the point shot past J.S. Giguere. The Panthers weren't done there as just 4:22 later, Stephen Weiss beat a screened Giguere on the power play. Mike Santorelli sealed the win when he jammed it in from the side of the net. It was the Leafs' first road regulation loss since February 12.
Times this season that the Leafs have allowed the opening goal.
Saves for J.S. Giguere in his first start since February 12.
Games this season that the Leafs have been shut out.
Toronto native Stephen Weiss has always enjoyed playing against his hometown team. The 27 year-old centre had an effective game against the Leafs Thursday at both ends of the ice.
His second-period goal was his 20th of the year making it the second straight season he has reached that mark. In his last 11 games against the Leafs he has 13 points and for his career he has 22 points in 28 games. Weiss had two points in 22:26 of ice-time.
It was a long night for many Leafs but one of the better players was Luke Schenn. The Leafs' blueliner was once again physical and he also had the second most shots by a Leaf.
Although Schenn and the penalty-killing unit wasn't able to get the job done, he still finished the night with six hits and two blocked shots. He was the Leafs' most physical player and he had the most hits in the game. He continues to lead all NHL blueliners in hits with 229.
0. The number of wins the Leafs had in the State of Florida this season. The Leafs were outscored 14-1 in the four games that took place in the Sunshine State. Toronto was shut out twice by Tampa Bay and tonight by the Florida. The only goal the Leafs scored was on November 10th.
The Leafs have had lost of success in the past against the two teams in Florida but not this season. A better performance in those four road games could have made the playoff picture a little different.
Ron Wilson's thoughts on the play of the Leafs and J.S. Giguere:
"We didn't seem to have the energy for second-effort kind of opportunities around the net. I mean, in the second period every chance they had went in the net ... I suppose he (Giguere) could have had one or two of them but if we're not going to score it doesn't matter what the goalie does, he can't score I know that.''
Saturday, March 19 vs. Boston Bruins
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)
The Leafs return home to take on their Northeast Division rival Boston Bruins. This will mark Tomas Kaberle's first game back in Toronto since the trade to Boston.
The Bruins are coming off an overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. They are 7-2-3 in their last 11 games. They sit in third in the Eastern Conference.