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Healing Leafs continue swing against Panthers

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(Sports Network) - A healthier Toronto Maple Leafs squad takes aim at a second consecutive victory as they continue their current road trip by visiting the Florida Panthers tonight at BankAtlantic Center.

Toronto has been dogged by injuries over the past month, but the club got two key members back in Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov when it opened this three-game swing Tuesday against Tampa Bay. The additions paid immediate dividends, as both players contributed a goal and an assist to the Maple Leafs' 4-2 victory.

Alex Steen scored the tie-breaking goal with 4:21 left to play and Tomas Kaberle finished with a pair of assists for Toronto, which rebounded from an embarrassing 6-1 home loss to Vancouver on Saturday. Andrew Raycroft was solid between the pipes, stopping 21 of the 23 shots he faced.

Antropov had been sidelined since December 5 with a sprained ankle and Ponikarovsky had missed Toronto's last 11 games because of a separated shoulder.

The Leafs may get another wounded player back in the lineup tonight, as right wing Darcy Tucker will be a game-time decision. The gritty veteran, who leads Toronto with 19 goals, has sat out eight of the team's last nine games with an injured left foot.

The Maple Leafs have now won three in a row on the road and are 11-8-3 as the visitor this season. Toronto will end this trip Saturday at Pittsburgh.

Florida will play the finale of a three-game homestand tonight and has split the first two contests of the residency. The Panthers were dealt a tough loss by division-rival Carolina on Tuesday, as Justin Williams scored on the power play 1:47 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 triumph.

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