SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Stephen Weiss had a shorthanded goal
and an assist, and Tomas Vokoun made 37 saves in the Florida
Panthers’ 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday
Richard Zednik and Ville Peltonen also scored, and David Booth
had two assists to help the Panthers end a four-game losing
streak and complete a season sweep of Toronto. The Panthers
hadn’t swept Toronto since 1995-96, when they only faced each
Florida is ninth in the Eastern Conference, a point behind
Montreal and Carolina in the race for one of the eight playoff
spots. The Panthers, coming off a 3-0 loss to Washington on
Tuesday night in which they were held without a shot in the
third period, haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000. saves.
Mikhail Grabovski scored for Toronto, and Martin Gerber made 39
Florida went up 2-1 on Zednik’s goal at 6:21 in the second
period. Zednik took a pass from Booth and his shot went between
the legs of Gerber as Toronto defenseman Andre Deveaux slid into
his goalie. Peltonen made it 3-1 at 7:48 of the second with a
backhander from the side of the net that trickled through
Grabovski scored on a power play with 1:52 left in the first
period to tie it at 1. Grabovski was near the crease when he
one-timed a pass from Jamal Mayers from behind the net.
Weiss’ goal at 7:15 in the first put the Panthers up 1-0. Weiss
beat defenseman Anton Stralman, who lost his balance after being
deked, and came in alone on Gerber. Weiss put a backhander into
the top of the net for his 12th goal of the season.
Weiss had two goals and four assists in Florida’s three previous
games against the Maple Leafs this season, but had not scored
since March 1.