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McCabe caps rally as Panthers top Maple Leafs

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Defenseman Bryan McCabe scored the

game-winner with 90 seconds left in overtime as the Florida

Panthers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, on Tuesday.

Stephen Weiss recorded a goal and two assists and Gregory

Campbell added a tally and an assist for the Panthers, who

trailed by a 3-1 margin entering the third period.

Florida rallied as Weiss made it a 3-2 game early in the third

and Cory Stillman's power-play goal with 53 seconds to play in

regulation tied the score.

Leading a 2-on-1 break in the first good chance of the extra

period, McCabe unleashed a slap shot from the left circle that

found a hole under goaltender Vesa Toskala's arm, trickling into

the net to give Florida the win.

Florida never led during regulation as Niklas Hagman gave

Toronto a 1-0 lead at the 10:52 mark of the first period.

Campbell knotted the score at 1-1 with 67 seconds left in the

first, but the Maple Leafs took the momentum right back as

Alexei Ponikarovsky put Toronto on top with 20 seconds left in

the first period. Jason Blake's wraparound try was denied by

goaltender Craig Anderson but Ponikarovsky was there to slide

home the rebound from the slot.

Toronto doubled its advantage at the 2:11 mark of the second,

taking a 3-1 lead. Nik Antropov beat Anderson with a shot from

below the left circle after the rebound from defenseman Anton

Stralman's shot along the right boards caromed right to him.

That would be the score until early in the third period when

Stillman fed a perfect pass into the slot where Weiss skated

onto the puck and deflected it past Toskala to make it a 3-2

game at the 2:20 mark of the period.

The Maple Leafs appeared to have regained a two-goal edge midway

through the third but Ponikarovsky's goal was overturned when

replays showed that the puck never fully crossed the line. The

Toronto center threw the puck in front where it deflected off

defenseman Jassen Cullimore's skate, but Anderson was able to

smother the puck while it was still on the goal line.

Florida pulled its goalie for the extra attack late in the game

and Ponikarovsky was whistled for a boarding penalty, which gave

the Panthers essentially a two-man advantage with 95 seconds

remaining. Stillman knocked in a rebound from the right post,

lifting the puck over Toskala.

Anderson made 31 saves for the Panthers.

Toskala turned aside 27 shots for the Maple Leafs, who were

denied matching a season-high third straight win.


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