Maple Leafs Hold-Off the Panthers for 1-0 Victory

Toronto (1) Florida (0) Final

By: Gordon Brown

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday night marked the beginning of Toronto’s work week, as they welcomed the Florida Panthers into town for a key divisional matchup. 

The Maple Leafs hosted the Florida Panthers for an Atlantic Division matchup—their second meeting of the season. Florida took the first game with a 2-1 final decision, as Roberto Luongo stole a shootout victory back in November.

Frederik Andersen backstopped his team to a 40-save shutout win on Tuesday night, his fifth of the season.

A narrow opening period saw the Maple Leafs capitalize when it mattered most. James van Riemsdyk notched his 25th goal of the season to give his team a 1-0 advantage before the first intermission.

Connor Brown entered the offensive zone with speed before feeding the puck back to Jake Gardiner at the point, who passed off to Tyler Bozak before handing off to the eventual goal scorer. Bozak received the puck and passed off to James van Riemsdyk, who sniped his 25th through Roberto Luongo’s five-hole.

As play continued into the second frame, both teams remained at each other’s throats, however, both goalies turned away a plethora of shots to keep the score stagnant.

Frederik Andersen stood tall and turned away a number of Panthers shooters, recording 40-saves in the shutout performance through the remainder of the game. 

Toronto will have a night off before going up against the New York Islanders on Thursday night. The Buds will look to continue their winning ways and extend their winning streak to three-in-a-row as a result, puck drop is set at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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