SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers used a stellar special teams effort to get back into the win column on Thursday night.
The Panthers scored on both of their power play attempts and stopped the Toronto Maple Leafs on all five of their chances en route to recording an impressive 4-0 victory.
Scott Clemmensen made 24 saves to earn the shutout, his first of the season.
Playing for the second consecutive night, the Maple Leafs looked tired throughout, never getting their legs going. After a scoreless first period, it didn’t take long for the Panthers to strike, with Sergei Samsonov scoring just 49 seconds into the second period. Jason Garrison one-timed a shot from the point, which Samsonov deflected passt Jean-Sebastian Giguere.
Stephen Weiss made it 2-0 with his 20th goal of the season on the power play. Weiss showed great patience, holding the puck at the right faceoff dot before ripping a quick wrister past Giguere. Steve Bernier provided a useful screen in front of the net.
The Panthers got their third goal of the second period at the 11:31 mark, on the power play again. Samsonov found Mike Santorelli with a pass in front of the net. Santorelli took two swipes at the puck, burying his own rebound past a downed Giguere.
Desperate for offense, Toronto pulled the goalie with over five minutes left on a power play attempt. However, after the attempt was over, Keaton Ellerby sent a long shot into the open net for his second goal of the season.
Florida wraps up its seven-game home stand on Saturday night against the New York Islanders.