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Panthers Wrap-Up: Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 0

Scrivens shuts down the Panthers to end Cats home stand on a sour note.

Monday, 02.18.2013 / 11:23 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 0
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Maple leafs 1 2 0 0 3
TOR - P. Kessel (3), PP - N. Kadri (5), C. MacArthur (3)

SUNRISE, Fla. — Ben Scrivens and the Toronto Maple Leafs are on a roll right now, but they're not ready to get carried away just yet.

Scrivens made 37 shots for his second consecutive shutout and Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur each had a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Panthers 3-0 at the BB&T Center Monday night..

"We have a lot of work to do going on the road the next couple (games). We can’t put ourselves in those situations. It’s frustrating."

- Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell.
1. Back And Forth First: The opening 20 minutes was everything in a hockey game that you look for. Speed, back-and-forth play, tons of hits and a fight. The Leafs found themselves up after the first thanks to a misplay by Mike Weaver and Leafs forward James Van Riemsdyk springing Phil Kessel for a semi-breakaway in which he roofed it past Jose Theodore with 2:56 to play but it could have been either team to have the lead after one as they had their chances. Fortunately for the Leafs and unfortunately for the Panthers, Ben Scrivens was in the visitors crease as he turned aside all 14 Panthers shots. He had to make several acrobatic saves to keep the Cats off the board. Theodore was strong as well with the exception of that Kessel blast as he stopped 11 shots. The two teams combined for 19 hits and 26 shots but the highlight might have been the heavyweight bout between George Parros and Colton Orr less than three minutes in. The two really got the crowd and players going with their long fight.

2. Leafs Take Over: Florida had their opportunities early in the second as they outshot the Leafs by a 9-2 advantage at one point but the Leafs got their first power play of the night off a Tomas Fleischmann hooking call midway through and Nazem Kadri took a pass from Dion Phaneuf to score for a two-goal lead at the 12:13 mark. Then Clarke MacArthur gave them a three goal lead off a pass from Kadri 1:44 later. For a period that was up in the air for the half the period, head coach Kevin Dineen pointed out the Panthers power play attempt 6:21 into the second as a huge let down and a possibility in really turning the momentum in the visitor's favor. The Cats weren't able to get a shot on net while the Leafs threw five on Theodore including the all-important second goal of the game.

3. A Sour End: Coming off a successful road trip, the Panthers were looking to take that momentum into their home stand. After three tough overtime losses to open up their home stand, they followed it up with the ending like they did against Toronto. After getting some good scoring opportunities on Scrivens through the first half of the game, the Cats seemed to be out of it. They did get 12 shots in the third period but by then the game was at 3-0 and the home crowd let them know their displeasure. Florida will look to find the right mix into turning this around as they head away from the BB&T Center for two games in Pennsylvania.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@caitlinchris: The @FlaPanthers hit a goalie on a hot streak. And while I'm glad for said goalie, I just wish it hadn't been on the Panthers!

@Uruguayo21: @FlaPanthers my intentions are not to be negative but it's hard to be this passionate about the cats and stay positive when we lose so much!

@BrunoAKSG: The good thing about my @FlaPanthers is that we havent been great but we are only 5 points away from winning the division. Lets support them

@amydangelo: that game was a tad depressing #flapanthers

@_DaraRoss: Oy #FlaPanthers why can't we win!!!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Tj Gardungle: Ugh. It's getting ugly.

Patrick Politix OBrien: can't seem to solve any problems this year so far.... still Panther strong!

Kyle Pehlke: Another loss. I love the Panthers, but this is getting ridiculous. Just one win would be nice.

Lars Bernotat: When you follow two five-goal-games with being shutout the next game, consistency definitely seems to be a problem !

Rich Bedford: They played about 30 good minutes of hockey, followed by 30 bad minutes. Usually equals a loss. Gave up way too many quality chances yet again.

1. Florida had three power play chances but the man advantage units had little to show for it as they were able to get just one shot in their six minutes of opportunities.

The two seem to get the same idea at the same time as forward George Parros and defenseman Tyson Strachan dropped the gloves in the same game for the second time this season. The duo also fought opponents on Feb. 3 in Buffalo. For Parros, it was his third fight of the season.

Leafs center Leo Komarov was active for the visitors as he collected a game-high seven hits against the Panthers. The Leafs, who are close to the top of the league in hits, picked up 32 as a team while Florida finished with 22 on the night.

26. The Panthers and Maple Leafs combined for 26 shots in the opening 20 minutes of play. Florida recorded 14 of them, led by Tomas Fleischmann's three.

68. Center Stephen Weiss led the way in the face-off circle for the Panthers, winning 68% of his draws (13-of-19). That helped Florida to a 57% winning percentage (30-of-53)

Ben Scrivens
Was tested early in having to make 14 saves in the opening 20 minutes, including some tough ones with the Panthers in close and closed out his second straight shutout with 37 shots total.

 37 Shots, 37 Saves, 1.000 SV%
The Panthers will have two days off before playing again and when they do, they'll be in the state of Pennsylvania for back-to-back games with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In Thursday's action, the Cats will look to win for the second time in as many tries in Philly and take the season series against the Flyers. Philadelphia won the contest 7-1 in Sunrise on Jan. 26 while Florida won their only shootout of the season with a 3-2 victory on Feb. 7. There Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller scored while Jose Theodore stopped both Flyers attempts in the quickest shootout victory in franchise history. Philadelphia will host Florida's Friday's opponent, Pittsburgh on Wednesday before taking on the Cats. The Flyers demolished the Islanders Monday night by a 7-0 victory with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere picking up two goals and three points each. Forward Jakub Voracek assisted on four Flyers goals.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com




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