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Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Florida Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -The Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a good start on a three-game road trip.

Andrew Raycroft stopped 39 shots and the Maple Leafs defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night.

"I feel good," Raycroft said. "Yeah, there were 40-something shots but I was able to see them. I'd rather have a lot of pucks and get warm moving instead of standing around getting cold."

Boyd Devereaux, Chad Kilger and John Pohl scored goals for the Leafs, who won for the third time in six games.

Gregory Campbell and Ville Peltonen scored for Florida, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Alex Auld gave up three goals on just 14 shots and was replaced at the start of the third period by Ed Belfour. Belfour finished with five saves.

Pohl's unassisted goal at 10:41 of the second gave Toronto a 3-0 lead. He tried to center the puck from the red line to the left of the net, but the puck went behind Auld and trickled off his pad across the goal line.

Florida pulled to 3-1 on Campbell's goal at 1:12 of the third. Joel Kwiatkowski took a shot from above the left circle near the blue line and Campbell got a piece of the puck before it went into the net.

The Panthers closed to 3-2 on Peltonen's goal at 10:08. Stephen Weiss shot from the right circle and Peltonen deflected the puck past Raycroft.

"We had chances before the third to make it a different game," Peltonen said. "We came all out in the third but it wasn't enough today. Close, but not enough."

The Leafs were outshot 41-19.

"They really threw it at us," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "We were taking on water but our goaltender was making some saves. We got a road win. They needed that game."

The Panthers thought they might have tied the score with 28 seconds left in the game when the puck ricocheted off Raycroft into the net but a video review found that Florida's Martin Gelinas redirected the puck with his hand.

"We played a great third period but came up short," Gelinas said. "This time of the year we're chasing this team to make the playoffs. It's very unfortunate."

Toronto took a 1-0 lead at 12:14 of the first period. After Kilger dug the puck out from behind the net, it came in front of the crease and Devereaux sent it over Auld's shoulder into the net.

The Leafs made it 2-0 at 5:59 of the second as Kilger took a pass from Matt Stajan near the left circle and sent a one-timer between Auld's legs.

"It's always nice to contribute," Kilger said. "Our line has good chemistry and I'm really comfortable and playing solid."

Notes: Toronto D Pavel Kubina got hit in the head with a puck in the second period but returned to the game in the third. ... Maple Leafs RW Darcy Tucker missed his seventh game with a foot injury. ... Florida LW David Booth missed the game with an upper body injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
Boyd Devereaux (2) ASST: Chad Kilger (9), Bates Battaglia (12)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
Chad Kilger (8) ASST: Matt Stajan (16), Wade Belak (3)
2 - 0 TOR
John Pohl (8) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
Gregory Campbell (4) ASST: Joel Kwiatkowski (4)
3 - 1 TOR
Ville Peltonen (7) ASST: Stephen Weiss (15), Bryan Allen (10)
3 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Gratton  Hooking
Gregory Campbell  Hi-sticking
Gregory Campbell  Hi-sticking
Bates Battaglia  Tripping
2nd Period
Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj)
Wade Belak  Fighting (maj)
3rd Period
Chad Kilger  Tripping
John Pohl  Holding
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 39EV: 34 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .951SH: 1 - 1
Ed Belfour
SA: 5TOI: 19:11
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 14TOI: 40:00
Saves: 11EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
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