— Beyoncé was the attraction Monday night at the Air Canada Center. Tuesday, it was the hottest road show in Canada causing an uproar at the ACC. That is known as the Florida Panthers Rise From the Ashes Tour. The local crowd didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as they watched their Maple Leafs victimized by the Panthers' first four-game winning streak since March 2012. But the recurring chorus of boos was directed toward the home team. The Panthers' 3-1 victory was their second on a four-city Canadian tour. They have won six of their past seven and are 10-8-1 under interim coach Peter Horachek. More significant, the win lifted the Panthers to within six points of the Maple Leafs for the last playoff spot. "We can't think about it. We've got to make sure we continue to play the way we've done the last few weeks and not get too much into watching the standings," said Brad Boyes, who notched his team-leading ninth goal. Tomas Fleischmann and Sean Bergenheim also scored, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive win subbing for injured Tim Thomas (groin). The Panthers dropped all three meetings with the Leafs last season, but this is a team with a different vibe than the struggling bunch that got its coach fired five weeks into this one. "I don't think anybody in this room has given up on the playoffs, that's for sure," Clemmensen said. "I think we're getting more comfortable. We're confident in our game; we expect to win." As in Montreal on Sunday, the Panthers had the advantage of facing a team that played on the road the night before. The Maple Leafs, who lost in Pittsburgh on Monday, have dropped five of six. The Panthers put pressure on early as Fleischmann scored on their third shot 3 1/2 minutes into the first period on a breakaway, racing in from the left side after taking a pass from Aleksander Barkov off a turnover and firing it past James Reimer. It was Fleischmann's fifth goal and first in six games.
Panthers streak to fourth consecutive win with 3-1 over Leafs
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Dec 18