A week after the Leafs lost on a somewhat controversial overtime penalty to the Islanders, they got some help of their own from the refs, and were able to snap their three game losing streak tonight with a 3-1 win over the Panthers. Colton Orr’s 2nd of the year proved to be the winner in this one, even though he knocked over Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen in the process. Despite the controversial play, Phil Kessel scored a few minutes later, giving the Leafs some insurance.
The game was a must-win for the Leafs, at least according to most of their fans. For the first time this year, Toronto fell out of first place on Monday night after the Habs’ win over Phoenix, but the Leafs will once again have a piece of the Northeast Division by snatching these two points away from the Panthers. Tyler Bozak broke out of his personal slump and scored Toronto’s opening goal late in the first period, his first of the year. J.S. Giguere made 21 saves for the Leafs, and was beaten only by Florida defenceman Dennis Wideman, who picked up his second of the year in the second period.
Next up for the Leafs is a highly anticipated matchup against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, where Tyler Seguin will face the Leafs for the first time since not having the opportunity of being drafted by them last June.