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Weiss, Vokoun propel Panthers past Maple Leafs

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

other twice.

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

Gerber's legs.

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.


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