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Woes Continue For Leafs

Tuesday, 13.03.2012 / 11:05 PM / News
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Woes Continue For Leafs
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Sean Bergenheim scored two goals and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Marcel Goc and Tomas Kopecky had power-play goals in the third period, Jason Garrison also scored and Jose Theodore stopped 26 shots for the Panthers. Wojtek Wolski had two assists and Bergeneim now has a career-high 16 goals this season.

Mikhail Grabovski and Tyler Bozak scored for the Leafs and James Reimer made 22 saves.

The Panthers remained atop the Southeast Division, one point ahead of Washington _ which beat the New York Islanders in a shootout.

With Florida leading 2-1, Kopecky tipped Garrison's shot from the high slot past Reimer at 6:07 for the Panthers' second goal in 20 power-play chances, spanning seven games.

Florida did it again nearly 4 1/2 minutes later when Goc sent the puck over Reimber's shoulder from in front at 10:28 to increase the lead to three goals.

Grabovski pulled the Leafs to 4-2 when he poked in the rebount of a shot by Luke Schenn with 6:10 to go.

Bergenheim sealed it with his second goal of the game, an empty-netter with 1:20 remaining.

The Panthers scored just 59 seconds into the game. Keaton Ellerby took a shot from above the left circle and Mikael Samuelsson tipped it towards the net and it bounced off Reimer and out to his left, where Bergenheim swept in the loose puck.

Garrison's goal in the second stretched the lead to 2-0. Goc passed from the right circle and Garrison tipped it in at with 5:17 left for his 15th goal of the season. Garrison is now tied for the Panthers' franchise record for most goals in a season by a defenceman with Jay Bouwmeester (2008-09 and 2007-08) and Bryan McCabe (2008-09).

Toronto pulled within one as Bozak wristed in the a rebound of a shot by Clarke MacArthur with 58 seconds left in the second. It was the first goal the Leafs scored since Carl Gunnarsson on March 7 at Pittsburgh, a span of 196 minutes, 26 seconds.

NOTES: Toronto, which was shut out in its last two games against Washington and Philadelphia, avoided being blanked in three straight games for the first time since the only such occurrence Dec. 14-20, 1926. ... Florida forward Kris Versteeg missed his eighth straight game with a lower body injury. Versteeg is tied with Tomas Fleischmann for the team lead in goals (22) and points (49). ... Florida won the teams' previous three meetings in regulation _ 5-1 in Toronto on Nov. 8, 5-3 in Florida on Dec. 27, and 5-3 again Feb. 28 in Toronto.

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