What better way to spend your lunch break than catching up on all of last night’s amazing NHL action that you may have missed! Here are the top stories and videos from the all of yesterday’s action around the NHL.
- Watch Steve Ott’s new and “unique” face-off technique.
- Anton Volchenkov has been suspended 4 games for his hit on Brad Marchand. [NHL.com]
- Blues’ goaltender Brian Elliot notched his 3rd straight shutout on Thursday night. [TSN]
Maybe the road will be kinder to the Florida Panthers than the confines of the BB&T Center have been. The Panthers were shutout for the third time in five games as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Toronto Maples Leafs Monday night. The loss closes out a disappointing home stand that saw the Cats lose all four games, collecting three out of a possible eight points.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: 9-6-0 (18 PTS.) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS: 4-6-4 (12 PTS)
GAME DAY SONG: Counting On A Miracle
The Florida Panthers host the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening for the fourth and final game of what has been a dismal homestand so far. Desperately needing a win, the Panthers will need to be firing on all cylinders tonight against a Leafs team that has won seven of their past 10 games, and is 6-2-0 on the road. A win tonight by Toronto ties them with their best road start since 1940-1941 when they went 7-2-0. Despite losing goaltender James Reimer to a lower body injury last week, backup Ben Scrivens is coming off a 34 save shutout performance against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. It was the first career shutout for Scrivens. The Leafs are hoping performances similar to that continue, as the win was their fifth in their past six games following a lackluster outing in Carolina on Thursday. Coach Randy Carlyle was displeased with the way his team played in that one:
Well, we got outworked in Raleigh,” Carlyle said. “We stated that and put that to our players that our commitment to the work ethic had to be to the higher level than it was in the last game.
One of the big stories for the Leafs this season has been the slow start of forward Phil Kessel who has only two goals after 15 games and didn’t get his first until game 11. Streaky as Kessel is, he wasn’t without chances, as he’s taken 60 shots on goal this year so far. Fortunately for Toronto they’ve been getting help from Tyler Bozak, James Van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri. Kadri who is finally getting regular ice time leads the team in scoring with four goals and eight assists for 12 points. JVR leads in goals with eight, indicating that the change of scenery from always sunny in Philadelphia to Toronto has helped. The Leafs as a team are among the league leaders in goals for, and won’t make this an easy game for the Panthers. Their defence is active with captain Dion Phaneuf and John-Michael Liles as the leaders of the blueline corps.