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Cats Earn Point Against Leafs

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Cats Earn Point Against Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Florida Panthers 1
Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, makes a save on Toronto's Alex Steen during the third period of a hockey game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Rick Silva)
By Dave Joseph for

It was a broken stick that sealed the Panthers fate Saturday night.

And it was Richard Zednik’s stick.

With 1:15 minute remaining in regulation and the Panthers and Maple Leafs tied at one, Zednik’s stick broke during his effort to try and get the puck from Tomas Kaberle behind the Maple Leafs’ net. Zednik’s stick hit the ice, not Kaberle, but his shattered stick was enough for him to get penalized for slashing.

Just 1:45 seconds later, during a four-on-three power play in overtime, Pavel Kubina blasted a shot past Panther goalie Tomas Vokoun to send the Maple Leafs back home with a 2-1 victory at BankAtlantic Center.

Zednik refused comment on his penalty. When GM and coach Jacques Martin was asked about the penalty, he replied; “I’ll let you talk about it. I’d rather not talk on it.”

Despite the loss, the Panthers enter the Christmas break 17-16-3 and above .500 at this time of the season for only the second time in their last six seasons.

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Leafs
Post-Game Video
 Jacques Martin
 Olli Jokinen
  Radek Dvorak
 Tomas Vokoun
 Panthers vs Leafs
Quote of the Game
"Both goalies played good tonight. When you consider it a one-one game. They had our chances, we had our chances. The goalies played very well tonight."
- forward Radek Dvorak
Stat of the Game
All three goals were scored on the power play. The Leafs were 2-5 with the man advantage while the Cats were 1-4. 
3 Stars
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1. Vesa Toskala
2. Pavel Kubina
3. Tomas Vokoun
The Panthers also picked up a point for the seventh time in their last eight games.

After a slow start, the Panthers shook out of their funk midway through the second period and took the momentum from the Maple Leafs. But the Panthers were forced off the attack late in the third period when Jay Bouwmeester was called for hooking at 14:58 and then Zednik was penalized.

“We got way too many penalties,” said Olli Jokinen, who scored his 19th goal of the season to tie the game at one. “A lot of teams punish you if you keep taking penalties. It’s tough, but at least we got a point.”

Vokoun, who stopped 29 shots, said; “We got in some penalty trouble and that’s always tough. Offensive zone…we can’t take penalties at crucial times of the game. I don’t know if that was a good call (on Zednik) or a bad call. It doesn’t matter. You have to be careful.”

The Panthers had a sluggish start, and it cost them when the Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game while on the power play. Kyle Wellwood got loose behind the Panther defense at 5:18 and beat Vokoun to the stick side.

“The first 20 minutes we didn’t play our game,” said forward Radek Dvorak.

The Maple Leafs goal held up for the remainder of the first period and through 19:40 of the second period. But as the Panthers finally started finding their stride midway through the second period – and just moments after Vesa Toskala robbed McLean with a glove save - they took advantage of back-to-back penalties to the Maple Leafs late in second period.

With Andy Wozniewski sitting in the box for hooking, Jokinen stopped a clearing pass from Matt Stajan at the right point, skated in a few strides, and blasted a slap shot past Toskala to tie the game and set up what would be the next 20:34.

“These points are too valuable,” Vokoun lamented.

The Panthers left BankAtlantic Center tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference and with three days off. They return to the ice Wednesday and will leave later that afternoon for Atlanta where they’ll play Thursday against the Thrashers.


David Booth (knee) missed his sixth consecutive game. Martin said he hopes to have Booth back in time for Thursday’s game at Atlanta…Kamil Kreps won his first eight faceoffs Saturday and wound up winning 10 of 11 on the night…Jokinen is now tied for seventh in the league in goals with 19…The Panthers have now won only one of nine games on Saturday…
scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Kyle Wellwood (5) ASST: Mats Sundin (25), Tomas Kaberle (18)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
PPG - Olli Jokinen (19) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
PPG - Pavel Kubina (2) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (19), Mats Sundin (26)
2 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Andy Wozniewski  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
Rostislav Olesz  Interference against  Nik Antropov
2nd Period
Boyd Devereaux  Holding the stick
Olli Jokinen  Too many men/ice - bench
Olli Jokinen  Too many men/ice - bench
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Holding against  Brett McLean
Andy Wozniewski  Hooking against  Brett McLean
3rd Period
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Jason Blake
Richard Zednik  Slashing against  Tomas Kaberle
OT Period
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 30TOI: 60:18
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 31TOI: 60:34
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .935SH: 1 - 1