SUNRISE–When hoping a five day break will change the fortunes of a struggling team, it is easy to forget future opponents also have that time to recoup. The Florida Panthers dropped a 3-2 loss in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at BB&T Center.
Leading scorer Aleksander Barkov was drilled in the back with and will miss an indeterminate amount of time. The Panthers also played without Reilly Smith, who suffered an concussion in the last game before Christmas. Having his most productive game since returning from an injury was Jon Marchesault, who had a goal and an assist early in the third period. Only two Florida shots found their way into the Toronto net while Roberto Luongo stopped 38 of 40 Toronto shots to take the loss.
Highlights and stats from nhl.com can be seen here.
Jaromir Jagr was held without a point for the first time in four games and was credited no shots on goal but had a few attempts either blocked or flew wide of the net which was guarded quite well be Frederik Andersen. The Maple Leafs are now 3-0 vs. the Panthers this year and match their 37 points with two games in hand. The Panthers host division leading Montreal tonight at BB&T Center.