Now 11-8-3 on the road, and 2 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue their roadtrip tonight when they visit Florida to take on the Panthers. (7:30PM ET)
Toronto is coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. The Lightning were winners of 5 in a row, and despite the loss still hold on to 8th place in the Eastern Conference, with the All-Star break closing in (next week).
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Toronto once again avoided falling below .500, with Andrew Raycroft having a solid performance in net for Toronto, and the Leafs, who held Tampa to just 2 shots in the 3rd period.
Alexander Steen scored yet again for Toronto, his 10th of the season and 8th in his last 10 games.John Tortorella said:''We just couldn't solve Raycroft. He was the difference.''
Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky both returned to the line-up for the Maple Leafs that day, and both had 1 goal and 1 assist on the night, 2 points each.
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However, it was Johnny Pohl's goal to tie the games at 2-2 with with 6 seconds remaining in the 2nd Period that changed the tide of the game, according to Head Coach Paul Maurice.
Raycroft is 19-15-4 on the season after 38 games, and has a 3.05 Goals Against Average and .893 Save Percentage for the Toronto.Paul Maurice said:''That goal just fired the bench right up, and it's a big part in why we came out and had a third period like we did.''
Mats Sundin continues to lead the team in points, with 42 in 40 games played (18G, 24A).
Winger Darcy Tucker, who's 19 goals leads the team, remains missing from the lie-up, along with Centerman Kyle Wellwood and Defenceman Ian White.
The Leafs are now 21-20-6 after 47 game for 48 Points, ranking 4th in the Northeast Division.
The Florida Panthers, despite their problems find themselves only 6 points out of the last playoff spot in the East.
One of the few bright spots for the Panthers have been Captain Olli Jokinen, and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, the latter having been named to the All-Star game to be played next week in Dallas.
Jokinen leads the team in Goals (22), Assists (29), and points (51) after 48 games. Meanwhile, Bouwmeester has 26 Points in 48 games for the Panthers (8G, 18A), who are losers of 6 of their last 10 games.
The goaltending dutie have, for the most part, been a split between both Ed Belfour and Alex Auld, with the better numbers currently going for the aging Eagle.
Belfour is 10-9-5 after 27 Games played, with a 2.72 Goals Against Average and .900 Save percentage.
Auld is 7-125 in 25 games, and has a 3.25 Goals Against Average and .893 Save Percentage.
The team is 17-21-10 through 48 games for 14th in their Conference and last in the Southeast Divison with 44 Points, 1 behind the Washington Capitals.