Santorelli nets two, Panthers top struggling LeafsFeb 29, 2012 - 3:18 AM
Marcel Goc, Jason Garrison and Stephen Weiss also tallied for Florida, which has won three straight contests on the heels of a four-game slide. Jose Theodore stopped 28-of-31 shots in the win.
Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Joffrey Lupul lit the lamp for the Leafs, who have lost nine of their last 10 games. James Reimer allowed five goals on 23 shots in the setback.
Florida quickly struck first, just 13 seconds into the contest. Luke Schenn whiffed on a pass attempt in his own zone and Goc -- who missed the last three games with a lower-body injury -- one-timed a slap shot past Reimer from the high slot.
Santorelli put the Panthers up by a pair 2:08 later on his snap shot from the slot off Jack Skille's feed from the right boards.
Lupul appeared to get the Leafs on the board late in the first, but the goal was disallowed because he kicked the puck into the net.
Kessel made it 2-1 midway through the second on a wrister from the left circle, but Florida regained its two-goal advantage on Santorelli's backhander on a Panthers power play 3:08 later.
Garrison's wrister on the power play from the right circle gave Florida a 4-1 lead early in the third.
Kulemin cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 8:48 mark, but the Panthers reestablished their three-goal advantage 1:01 later on Weiss' tally.
Lupul added a power-play goal late in the third to conclude the scoring.
Florida last won three in a row from February 9-12...Kris Versteeg, who leads Florida with 49 points this year, did not play on Tuesday after leaving Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury...Toronto finished its four-game homestand 0-3-1.
- FLORIDA: 5
Feb 28 9:37 PM
- Toronto Power-Play Goal - Joffrey Lupul (24), from Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf at 17:22.
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 3 3rd - 2:38Feb 28 9:32 PM
- Florida Goal - Stephen Weiss, at 9:49.
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 2 3rd - 10:11Feb 28 9:15 PM
- Toronto Goal - Dion Phaneuf (10), from Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski at 8:48.
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2 3rd - 11:12Feb 28 9:13 PM
- Florida Power-Play Goal - Jason Garrison (14), at 4:38.
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1 3rd - 15:22Feb 28 9:04 PM
- FLORIDA: 3
End of 2nd
Feb 28 8:40 PM
- Florida Goal - Mike Santorelli, at 13:54.
Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1 2nd - 6:06Feb 28 8:29 PM
- Toronto Power-Play Goal - Phil Kessel (32), from Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul at 10:46.
Panthers 2, Maple Leafs 1 2nd - 9:14Feb 28 8:22 PM
- FLORIDA: 2
End of 1st
Feb 28 7:49 PM
- Joffrey Lupul shot on Jose Theodore.
Panthers 2, Maple Leafs 0 1st - 0:27Feb 28 7:49 PM
- Toronto Goal - Joffrey Lupul, at 19:33.
Panthers 2, Maple Leafs 1 1st - 0:27Feb 28 7:46 PM
- Florida Goal - Mike Santorelli (8), from Jack Skille at 2:21.
Panthers 2, Maple Leafs 0 1st - 17:39Feb 28 7:14 PM
- Florida Goal - Marcel Goc (6), at :12.
Panthers 1, Maple Leafs 0 1st - 19:48Feb 28 7:11 PM
- FLORIDA: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Feb 28 7:05 PM
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