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Cats Roll An Eight

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Cats Roll An Eight
Florida Panthers 8, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Florida Panthers center Brett McLean (53) scores on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft (1) as Panthers' Olli Jokinen, left, of Finland, looks on during third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO (AP) -The Florida Panthers left no doubts as to whether they would win this one.

Richard Zednik scored three goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped all 23 shots he faced as the Panthers routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Nathan Horton, Olli Jokinen, Cory Murphy, Steve Montador and Brett McLean also scored for Florida, which has won three straight games.

"The coaches really stressed to keep going and not let them back into the game," McLean said. "We've had a couple games this year where we have had leads in the second and third periods and we have let teams creep back in, so we really wanted to keep our foot on the gas pedal and we obviously did that."

They sure did. It was the largest loss of the season for the Maple Leafs.

"I think right now we're a little bit shell-shocked," Toronto defenseman Hal Gill said.

The game started as a battle of teams trying desperately to get back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but the Panthers came out with more jump. They pinned the Maple Leafs in their own end for the first two minutes and rarely looked threatened the rest of the night.

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Leafs
 Weiss
C
 Stajan
 Booth
LW
 Blake
 Horton
RW
 Tucker
 Allen
D
 Stralman
 Bouwmeester
D
 Gill
 Vokoun
G
 Toskala
Cape
 Brett McLean
PhotoGallery
 Panthers vs Leafs
Quote of the Game
"The coaches really stressed to keep going and not let them back into the game... We really wanted to keep our foot on the gas pedal and we obviously did that."
-Forward Brett McLean
Stat of the Game
Plenty of stats to mention, including Zednik's second career hat trick, McLean's career night in points (5), Vokoun's fourth shut out of the season, the power play efficiency (3 for 3) David Brine's first NHL point, Jokinen's 200th career goal or 400th point as a Panther, but the stat of the game is the offensive outbust on the road. The Panthers 8-0 victory set a franchise record for largest decisive victory on the road and tied the franchise record for most goals on the road.
3 Stars
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1. Richard Zednik
2. Brett McLean
3. Cory Murphy

Zednik gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 6:31 of the first period while on a power play. He tipped a point shot past Vesa Toskala for his second goal in as many games after playing the previous 20 without one.

A second-period collapse sealed another loss for the Maple Leafs.

"The second period, we just got our confidence checked and it wasn't there," Gill said. "We just started doing things that we can't do as a team to win and they took advantage of it. I hate when it snowballs like that, but that's what happened."

Horton made it 2-0 just 10 seconds in after taking a nice pass from David Booth. Leafs forward Kyle Wellwood turned the puck over to start the rush that led to the goal and only saw one shift the rest of the period.

After watching Jokinen score his 26th goal of the season at 3:46, Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice called a timeout. He moved up and down the bench delivering a spirited speech to his players, but they didn't respond.

Instead, Murphy made it 4-0 for Florida at 8:19 when his long wrist shot sailed through a crowd and into the top of the goal. That prompted the Leafs coach to replace Toskala with backup Andrew Raycroft.

Maurice's next message was sent with ice time. Fourth-line grinders Wade Belak, Kris Newbury and Ben Ondrus found themselves on the ice a lot more often late in the second and were able to cause some havoc in the Panthers' end.

The Maple Leafs showed little emotion outside of a rare fight by Matt Stajan after Montador had already made it 5-0.

"We can't roll over like that in any game," said Stajan, who fought Ruslan Salei. "It's embarrassing to lose like that on home ice. We know that in this room."

Shortly after, Zednik scored power-play goals a minute apart to complete the hat trick and make it 7-0. McLean's goal made it 8-0 with 2:54 left, causing the sellout crowd at Air Canada Centre to erupt into a mock cheer.

"That was clearly worse than booing," Maurice said.

Notes: Jokinen's goal was the 200th of his career ... Mats Sundin remained stuck on 1,299 career points ... Toronto was without Bryan McCabe (hand), Nik Antropov (suspension), Alex Steen (shoulder), Alexei Ponikarovsky (shoulder), Chad Kilger (personal reasons), Mark Bell (face) and John Pohl (ankle) ... The Panthers are also banged up. They were missing Jozef Stumpel (shoulder), Mike Van Ryn (wrist), Noah Welch (shoulder), Rostislav Olesz (hand), Ville Peltonen (foot) and Garth Murray (shoulder).

scoring summary
1st Period
06:31
FLA
PPG - Richard Zednik (11) ASST: Steve Montador (10), Brett McLean (7)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
00:10
FLA
Nathan Horton (14) ASST: David Booth (8), Jassen Cullimore (7)
2 - 0 FLA
03:46
FLA
Olli Jokinen (26) ASST: Richard Zednik (9), Brett McLean (8)
3 - 0 FLA
08:19
FLA
Cory Murphy (2) ASST: David Booth (9)
4 - 0 FLA
3rd Period
08:14
FLA
Steve Montador (4) ASST: Cory Murphy (11), David Brine (1)
5 - 0 FLA
13:49
FLA
PPG - Richard Zednik (12) ASST: Brett McLean (9), Cory Murphy (12)
6 - 0 FLA
14:49
FLA
PPG - Richard Zednik (13) ASST: Brett McLean (10), Kamil Kreps (10)
7 - 0 FLA
17:06
FLA
Brett McLean (6) ASST: Olli Jokinen (27), Steve Montador (11)
8 - 0 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:53
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Hooking against  Robbie Earl
04:40
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Cross checking against  Tanner Glass
14:21
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Roughing against  Jiri Tlusty
2nd Period
17:32
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Slashing against  Mats Sundin
3rd Period
04:54
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Interference against  Mats Sundin
11:06
TOR
Matt Stajan  Fighting (maj) against  Ruslan Salei
11:06
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Stajan
12:31
TOR
Kris Newbury  Roughing against  David Brine
12:31
TOR
Kris Newbury  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  David Brine
12:31
FLA
David Brine  Roughing against  Kris Newbury
13:42
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Misconduct (10 min)
13:42
TOR
Hal Gill  Slashing against  Olli Jokinen
13:42
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  David Booth
13:42
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Game misconduct
17:11
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Fighting (maj) against  Tanner Glass
17:11
FLA
Tanner Glass  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Ondrus
17:58
FLA
Cory Murphy  Slashing against  Matt Stajan
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 24TOI: 59:52
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 11TOI: 31:39
Saves: 7EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .636SH: 2 - 2
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 15TOI: 28:19
Saves: 11EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0