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Rough Stretch Continues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Rough Stretch Continues
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Florida Panthers 5
Three Stars of the Game
Jason Garrison
Jason Garrison
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:27
Marcel Goc
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:37
Tomas Kopecky
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:03

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers don't have any trouble scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sean Bergenheim scored twice and the Panthers beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night. Florida has won all four meetings with Toronto this season, scoring five goals each time and outscoring the Leafs 20-9.

196:26 Time the Leafs went without a goal prior to Tyler Bozak's goal in the second period.
20 Goals for the Panthers in four games against the Leafs this season.
4 Goals for the Leafs since Joffrey Lupul was injured.
9 Penalty minutes for Carter Ashton on the night.
15 Goals on the season for Tyler Bozak which ties his career high.

``I can't explain against the Leafs what the difference is,'' Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. ``Sometimes during the course of a season you find a way to get a team's number. Very fortunate for us this has been one of those teams.''

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 Maple Leafs and James Reimer made 22 saves. The Maple Leafs lost for the 15th time in 17 games (2-13-2).

``Penalty killing has been one of our strong suits in the last little while and it sprung a leak tonight,'' Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. ``You can't give up five goals and expect to win in the NHL.''

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.

Randy Carlyle on penalties costing the Leafs:

"The frustrating part for us is the areas in which we took the penalties is not acceptable. You can't take penalties in the offensive zone and give the opposition opportunities to seize the momentum because we did have some things going for ourselves in the game and then we took ourselves out of the game by taking some offensive zone penalties 200 feet from your net. But in our penalty killing it's been one of our strong suits the last little while and it sprung a leak tonight."

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

``We knew the power play needed to put up the momentum, if not some goals,'' Garrison said. ``We kept things simple and just tried to put pucks on net and we were able to create some stuff out there.''

Grabovski pulled the Leafs to 4-2 when he poked in the rebound 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.

Reimer played for the first time since Feb. 28, also against Florida.

``I felt prepared, felt ready,'' Reimer said. ``It was just unfortunate the way it went.''

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.

Thursday, March 15
  @. Tampa Bay Lightning 
7:30PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)

The Leafs' road trip hits Tampa Bay looking to get back in the win column. So far this season, Toronto has won both games scoring seven goals each time.

Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos has hit the 50-goal plateau for the second time in his career.

scoring summary
1st Period
Sean Bergenheim (15) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (13), Keaton Ellerby (5)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
Jason Garrison (15) ASST: Marcel Goc (12), Wojtek Wolski (7)
2 - 0 FLA
Tyler Bozak (15) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (19), Phil Kessel (38)
2 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
PPG - Tomas Kopecky (7) ASST: Jason Garrison (13), Ed Jovanovski (7)
3 - 1 FLA
PPG - Marcel Goc (9) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (8)
4 - 1 FLA
Mikhail Grabovski (22) ASST: Luke Schenn (18), Clarke MacArthur (20)
4 - 2 FLA
EN - Sean Bergenheim (16) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (19)
5 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
Jay Rosehill  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Rosehill
Clarke MacArthur  Holding against  Jason Garrison
Jason Garrison  Holding against  Carter Ashton
2nd Period
Carter Ashton  Slashing against  Ed Jovanovski
3rd Period
Carter Ashton  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
Tyler Bozak  Holding the stick against  Erik Gudbranson
Carter Ashton  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Matthias
Shawn Matthias  Fighting (maj) against  Carter Ashton
Shawn Matthias  Instigator against  Carter Ashton
Shawn Matthias  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 26TOI: 59:38
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
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