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Leafs Sweep State Of Florida

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:45 AM

Associated Press

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Leafs Sweep State Of Florida
Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Florida Panthers 4
       
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SUNRISE, Fla. --
Niklas Hagman really heated up on the Toronto Maple Leafs' swing through the Sunshine State.

Hagman and Phil Kessel each scored two goals to lift the Maple Leafs to a 6-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Alexei Ponikarovsky had a goal and and three assists, Matt Stajan added an empty-netter with four seconds remaining, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots for Toronto (6-11-7).

With his two goals Friday night and the two he scored against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, Hagman has six goals in four games.

``It's nice to have a streak like this,'' Hagman said. ``I've been fortunate when I am getting chances I manage to put it in. You don't want to think about it too much.''

Dmitry Kulikov scored twice for Florida (10-10-4), and Radek Dvorak and Michael Frolik had goals early in the first period. Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves for the Panthers, who have lost three straight.

``For us, four goals has to be enough to win,'' Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. ``We didn't do enough tonight, keeping the puck out of our own end, as a group, to deserve a win.''

Hagman beat Vokoun with a shot at 12:26 in the third period to make it 5-4 and give the Maple Leafs, coming off a 4-3 victory over the Lightning, their first lead.

``Maybe the worm is finally turning for us,'' Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. ``We've been out-shooting everybody and we've got a couple of really confident guys in (Kessel) and Hagman, who have just found a way to get in the net.''

Kulikov scored on the power play at 4:07 in the third to put the Panthers up 4-3, but Kessel again tied the game 13 seconds later with his eighth goal of the season.

Kulikov put the Panthers up 3-2 with his first goal of the night at 8:11 in the second period. Nathan Horton fed the puck to Kulikov, and he sent a slapshot by Gustavsson to snap a 2-2 tie. But with 5:27 left in the second, Ponikarovsky tied the game again with a power-play goal.

The Maple Leafs had evened the score 2-2 with Hagman's first goal of the night at 2:30 in the second period. Hagman took a pass from Ponikarovsky and tipped in the puck. Kessel's first goal of the night came with 7:43 left in the first period. He beat defenceman Keith Ballard then put the puck past Vokoun to make it 2-1.

``It's not the best start with the early goals but we came back strongly and I had some more saves to show my teammates I'm not quitting,'' Gustavsson said. ``We came back and scored a lot of goals and that helped.''

Dvorak opened the scoring at 1:11 in the first period. About a minute later, at 2:04 in the first, Michael Frolik added a power-play goal to make it 2-0.

``You don't want to get down two goals in the first three minutes but it could have been as lot worse the way it was going,'' Wilson said.

NOTES:
Florida assigned D Ville Koistinen to Rochester (AHL). Koistinen, who signed a two-year deal with the Panthers this summer, has appeared in 17 games for Florida this season, scoring one goal. ... Panthers C Gregory Campbell, who is recovering from an upper-body injury, was scratched. ... Florida's Steve MacIntyre, who was recalled from Rochester earlier this week, got in his second fight this week. MacIntyre tussled with Toronto R Colton Orr in the first period after fighting the New York Rangers' Donald Brashear on Wednesday night.
scoring summary
1st Period
01:11
FLA
Radek Dvorak (3) Slapshot - ASST: Rostislav Olesz (6), Steve Reinprecht (8)
1 - 0 FLA
02:04
FLA
PPG - Michael Frolik (6) Snap shot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (9), Bryan McCabe (9)
2 - 0 FLA
12:17
TOR
Phil Kessel (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Luke Schenn (3)
2 - 1 FLA
2nd Period
02:30
TOR
Niklas Hagman (12) Tip-in - ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (4), Mikhail Grabovski (12)
2 - 2 Tie
08:11
FLA
Dmitry Kulikov (2) Slapshot - ASST: Nathan Horton (13), Dennis Seidenberg (8)
3 - 2 FLA
14:33
TOR
PPG - Alexei Ponikarovsky (9) Slapshot - ASST: Ian White (10), Tomas Kaberle (23)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
04:07
FLA
PPG - Dmitry Kulikov (3) Snap shot - ASST: Steve Reinprecht (9), Dennis Seidenberg (9)
4 - 3 FLA
04:20
TOR
Phil Kessel (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (5)
4 - 4 Tie
12:26
TOR
Niklas Hagman (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Christian Hanson (1)
5 - 4 TOR
19:56
TOR
PPG - EN - Matt Stajan (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (6)
6 - 4 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:38
TOR
Garnet Exelby  Cross checking against  Dominic Moore
11:12
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Steve MacIntyre
11:12
FLA
Steve MacIntyre  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
2nd Period
00:25
FLA
Nathan Horton  Holding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
09:05
FLA
Nathan Horton  Tripping against  Nikolai Kulemin
10:38
FLA
Bryan Allen  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
13:20
FLA
Dennis Seidenberg  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:13
TOR
Francois Beauchemin  Interference against  Rostislav Olesz
3rd Period
02:14
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Hooking against  Kenndal McArdle
06:40
TOR
Niklas Hagman  Tripping against  Keith Ballard
18:20
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Tripping against  Phil Kessel
goalie stats
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
7-9-4
SA: 32TOI: 58:39
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .844SH: 0 - 0
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