Phil Kessel scores 2 goals and Maple Leafs shut out Panthers 4-0

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They were 7-1-1 in the previous nine games before the slump. “We didn’t feel we played our best last night (5-2 loss at Tampa Bay), so we wanted to come in here and make a statement for ourselves,” Reimer said. “That’s what we wanted to do today, we wanted to get right back on track and we were able to do that.” Jacob Markstrom made 13 saves for Florida, which played its final home game of the season. The Panthers clinched the worst record in the NHL for the first time in franchise history and was shutout for the seventh time this season. “That stinks, when you’re at the bottom of the pile,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. “But that is the brutal reality of our situation and it’s something we have to sit on for four months. … I think it’s going to be a long summer.” The Maple Leafs can’t finish lower than sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs took a 3-0 lead on Kessel’s first goal of the game. Kadri brought the puck down from his own end on a 2-on-1 break. He slipped the puck over to Kessel on the right side and he wristed the puck past Markstrom at 1:41 of the second. Kessel scored his second goal three minutes later when he grabbed a loose puck in front of the crease and poked it in at 4:41 to make it 4-0. source: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/04/25/phil-kessel-scores-2-goals-and-maple-leafs-shut-out-panthers-4-0/

Leafs blow away Florida Panthers 4-0 in final home game

Panthers play spoiler in wild 3-2 win over desperate Rangers

“They relaxed a little bit and thought it was going to be easy,” Panthers assistant coach Gord Murphy said of the seven rookies on the ice. “These are hard lessons for these young men.” The Panthers outshot Toronto 34-17, but Leafs goalie James Reimer sparkled to notch his fourth shutout of the season. It’s the seventh time this season the Panthers have been shut out. They’ve lost seven of their last eight. “We wanted to win that last one for the fans, there’s not much to cheer about,” said Panthers forward Shawn Matthias . “It’s been a frustrating year but the last month has been very frustrating to say the least, just one more game. We’ve got to go out there with some pride in our game.” Rookie defenseman Alex Petrovic delivered the Panthers best shot of the night, a solid hook to Nazem Kadri ‘s face, but Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser ambushed Petrovic, earning him a game misconduct at 18:50 of the second. Petrovic got his 10-minute misconduct in a third-period scrape. The Panthers’ season mercifully ends in Tampa on Saturday against the disappointing Lightning , whose remaining relevance has to do with whether Martin St Louis or Steven Stamkos wins the Art Ross Trophy for being the NHL points leader. “There’s hard lessons learned this year, tonight specifically, the amount of effort it takes to have success in the NHL. source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/florida-panthers/fl-florida-panthers-toronto-maple-leafs-0426-20130425,0,3923239.story

Panthers at Lightning | Sat., April 27, 2013

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Florida Panthers center Tomas Fleischmann (14), of the Czech Republic, celebrates with teammate Drew Shore after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, right, celebrates with teammate Teddy Purcell after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad, right, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. Skating away is Lightning’s Sami Salo, of Finland. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom, of Sweden, right, celebrates with teammates T.J. Brennan, left, and Scottie Upshall after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 during an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) prepares to shoot on Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) pushes the puck past Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35), of Sweden, for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Chris O’Meara / AP Florida Panthers defenseman T.J. Brennan (3) battles with Tampa Bay Lightning center Tom Pyatt (11) for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/27/3368744/panthers-at-lightning-sat-april.html

NHL points leader St. Louis has goal and assist in Lightning’s 5-3 loss to Panthers

Louis, right, celebrates with teammate Teddy Purcell after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. Apr 28, 2013 02:41 AM EDT AP TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning to win the league scoring title in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers in the season finale for two non-playoff teams on Saturday night. The 37-year old St. Louis finished the year with 60 points, making him the oldest player in league history to win the Art Ross Trophy. Tomas Fleischmann scored his second goal of the game to give Florida a 4-3 lead at 13:53 of the third. Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists, while Marcel Goc added an empty net goal in the final minute of play. St. Louis assisted on Matt Carle’s goal 5 minutes into the first period that made it 1-0, and scored from in-close to put Tampa Bay up 3-2 at 5:47 of the second. The right wing, with 912 points, moved past Gary Roberts in 95th place on the career list. Bobby Orr is 94th with 915 points. source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/nhl-points-leader-st-louis-has-goal-and-assist-in-lightnings-5-3-loss-to-panthers/2013/04/27/84f50118-afa6-11e2-b59e-adb43da03a8a_story.html

 

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