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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1

Barkov, Bergenheim & Boyes line leads Cats to fourth straight victory.

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 10:20 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 2 0 0 3
Maple Leafs 0 0 1 0 1
FLA - T. Fleischmann (5), S. Bergenheim (4), B. Boyes (9) 
TOR - M. Raymond (11)

TORONTO —  (NHL.com) - Scott Clemmensen and the Florida Panthers are on a roll.

Clemmensen stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive victory, and the Panthers made it four wins in a row by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.

"They were on the road last night and came in late just like Montreal so we have to take advantage. We got some goals early and it was kind of big to get that momentum."

- Panthers forward Brad Boyes.
1. In A Flash: For the second straight game, the Panthers were playing a team that played the previous night. While they couldn't take advantage early against the Canadiens, they did that against the Maple Leafs Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. It wouldn't be long before the Cats got on the board and it came thanks to the breakaway. In his own zone, rookie center Aleksander found and then hit Tomas Fleischmann on a breakaway stretch pass and Fleischmann made no mistake about it, putting the puck top shelf on James Reimer just 3:29 into the game.

2. Two In Period Two: Also for the second straight game, the Panthers used a big second period to take control of the game, scoring twice in the second stanza. It was another early goal in the period that gave them a 2-0 advantage and it was the rookie Barkov making the play to set it up. After the puck was kept in the zone by Dmitry Kulikov, Barkov took a shot on Reimer that stunned the netminder and Sean Bergenheim was there to put in the rebound 5:54 in. Then the boos really rained down on the home team as Brad Boyes stole the puck from Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf to race in all alone. He was denied on his initial shot but put home the rebound with 3:10 left in the period.

3. Putting The Clamps Down: Up three after two, the Panthers had to turn back the Maple Leafs in the third who played their best period of the night. Toronto threw 13 shots on net, five more than they recorded in each of the first two periods and only Mason Raymond on a shot that tricked Scott Clemmensen, was able to find the back of the net with less than four minutes played in the third. The Cats, did a good job in limiting the tough shots for Clemmensen but it was still a busy period for the netminder as Phil Kessel and company came at the Cats most of the period. Holding on for the win helps move the Cats to within six points of a playoff spot after improving their record to 6-1-0 in their last seven games and their fourth straight.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@TeslaMay: Great win at the ACC! So proud to high five some fellow @FlaPanthers fans!

@craigbmiller: Way to go @FlaPanthers! 4 in a row! Can't wait to make it back to South Florida to see them in person on Monday!

@I_SKYNET: Lets make it five. Red five standing by. @FlaPanthers

@paimiovesall: YAY @FlaPanthers won again. So proud of you boys. keep at it.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Andrew Levine: Total team effort again. Keep it rolling.

Gabriel Nagy: Warning!Here comes the Big Fearless Panthers!:) GG boys,again...

Mark Zola: Seriously?! I leave the country and we go crazy with wins! I'm staying in Argentina people! Hah go Panthers!

Mitch Phillips: They are out hustling every team. Way to go!

2. The Cats have dominated the second period of late, scoring two goals in each of their past two games while holding their opponents (Montreal and Toronto) off the score sheet in the second stanza.

4. With the victory, the Cats stretched their season-long winning streak to four games. It's the longest since March 11-20, 2012 when they skated off with five straight victories.

5. The B line led the way in Tuesday night's victory as Aleksander Barkov along with wingers Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes combined for five points. Barkov picked up two assists while Bergenheim had a goal and an assist and Boyes added a goal.

7. He was held off the score sheet last game, ending a career-high five-game point streak, but picking up the second assist on Tomas Fleischmann's first period goal, defenseman Dylan Olsen registered his seventh point in the last seven games.

23-29. Florida finished the game, being outshot 29-23 by Toronto. It broke a string of five straight games in which the Cats had outshot their opponents.

Aleksander Barkov
The rookie center was big in setting up the Panthers first two goals, including the eventual game-winner.

2 Assists, 2 Points, +2, 2 Blocked Shots, 57% FO%, 16:48 TOI
The Cats play the third game of their four-game Canadian road trip on Thursday night as they look to get on the board in their season series after having fallen 3-2 and 4-2 in their first two games against their Atlantic Division foes. Florida's last time in Ottawa, was the first under interim head coach Peter Horachek on Nov. 9th. The Senators, who are currently three points ahead of the Panthers in the Atlantic Division (14-15-6, 34 points), will be in New Jersey on Wednesday night before hosting the Cats. They're led offensively by winger Bobby Ryan (16 goals, 32 points in 35 games) and defenseman Erik Karlsson (22 assists, 31 points in 35 games) while Craig Anderson (9-8-3, 3.36 GAA, .898 SV%) and Robin Lehner (5-7-3, 2.38 GAA, .930 SV%) have shared duties between the pipes. 

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com




1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47


J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

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