NHL
Complete – March 29, 2016 – 7:30 PM ET – BB&T; Center, Sunrise, Florida – Attendance: 16,724 – Duration: 2 Hours, 25 Minutes
Officials
 
Linesman #59 Steve Barton
Linesman #65 Pierre Racicot
Referee #45 Jon McIsaac
Referee #8 Dave Jackson
Boxscore
 123T
FLA0112
TOR1225
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWMilan Michalek001000215:45
CWilliam Nylander200000016:56
CNazem Kadri430200015:03
CTyler Bozak201000014:10
CZach Hyman200000013:33
CBrooks Laich00000-1012:32
CColin Greening00000-1012:27
RWPA Parenteau410100017:27
RWConnor Brown303001016:20
RWBen Smith100000016:08
RWMichael Grabner311011014:32
RWBrad Boyes10000-1013:08
DMartin Marincin00000-1022:55
DMorgan Rielly10000-1221:58
DJake Gardiner102001020:51
DConnor Carrick000000417:44
DFrank Corrado300001016:14
DRinat Valiev200000014:51
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWJussi Jokinen30000-1019:45
LWJonathan Huberdeau41000-1017:31
LWTeddy Purcell101001215:12
LWGarrett Wilson10000008:03
CAleksander Barkov00100-1020:06
CNick Bjugstad20000-1016:35
CVincent Trocheck300000012:35
CGreg McKegg210001211:49
RWReilly Smith20000-1019:40
RWJaromir Jagr30100-1216:40
RWJiri Hudler200001012:56
RWLogan Shaw10000027:51
DBrian Campbell000001025:03
DSteven Kampfer200000018:41
DDmitry Kulikov100000216:51
DJakub Kindl300001015:13
DAlex Petrovic001001014:35
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GJonathan Bernier3423294.1259:23
GGarret Sparks00000:00
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GRoberto Luongo2842485.7159:08
GAl Montoya00000:00
Period 1
timeteamdetailTORFLA
6:57
Penalty on Milan Michalek: 2 minutes for Slashing
10:20
Penalty on Dmitry Kulikov: 2 minutes for Hooking
11:26
Goal scored by Alex Petrovic
42
13:34
Penalty on Morgan Rielly: 2 minutes for Interference
15:11
Goal scored by Michael Grabner (Shorthanded)
Assisted by: Connor Brown and Jake Gardiner
10
19:38
Penalty on Connor Carrick: 2 minutes for Slashing
19:38
Penalty on Teddy Purcell: 2 minutes for Slashing
Period 2
timeteamdetailTORFLA
6:23
Goal scored by Jonathan Huberdeau
11
8:55
Penalty on Jaromir Jagr: 2 minutes for Hooking
10:36
Goal scored by Nazem Kadri (Power Play)
Assisted by: Milan Michalek and Connor Brown
21
13:14
Penalty on Connor Carrick: 2 minutes for High sticking
16:15
Penalty on Logan Shaw: 2 minutes for Tripping
18:14
Goal scored by Nazem Kadri (Power Play)
Assisted by: Connor Brown and Tyler Bozak
31
Period 3
timeteamdetailTORFLA
5:51
Penalty on Greg McKegg: 2 minutes for Tripping
6:34
Goal scored by PA Parenteau (Power Play)
Assisted by: Jake Gardiner
41
11:26
Goal scored by Greg McKegg
Assisted by: Teddy Purcell and Alex Petrovic
43
17:21
Goal scored by Nazem Kadri (Empty Net)
Assisted by: Michael Grabner
53
Panthers edge Leafs, set franchise points mark

TORONTO — The Florida Panthers accomplished two things when they held on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Monday as Rocco Grimaldi tripled his goal output for the season by scoring twice.

The Panthers set a franchise record with 99 points for the season, one more than the 1999-2000 team.

They also clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs after withstanding a furious third-period push by the Maple Leafs, who nearly overcame a 3-0 deficit.

However, the Panthers want more, like first place in the Atlantic Division, which they now lead by four points over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost to the New York Islanders on Monday.

“It’s not a big deal right now,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said of the points record. “In the summertime when the season is over, it’s a big deal because it means you had a good year. We’re close to 100 (points), and that is great, it will be fun. But right now it means nothing.

“We’re trying to get as many points as we can and trying to play as well as we can going in (to the playoffs) and see what happens. It’s good to get the home ice clinched tonight, and the next goal is to try to get first in the division.”

Grimaldi potted both of his goals in the second period. The center entered the game with one goal for the season, which he scored on Nov. 4. He has played much of the season with Portland in the American Hockey League.

Centers Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers (45-25-9). Florida notched three goals in the second period and gave the Maple Leafs (28-40-11) their third consecutive loss.

Center Colin Greening scored two goals for Toronto, and defenseman T.J. Brennan added one.

“We played a good first two periods and kind of sat on our heels at the end,” Bjugstad said. “We knew they were going to come hard. Those aren’t the kind of games we want to get in at this time of the season. It’s good to get the win, but not the way we want to win obviously.”

Panthers goaltender Al Montoya made 23 saves.

Jonathan Bernier made 32 stops in the Toronto goal.

“I thought we were fine in the first and good in the third, but not near competitive enough in the second by some of our veteran people,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.

The Leafs put the puck into goal at 2:23 of the third period on a shot by Byron Froese, but a challenge by the Panthers claiming interference on the goaltender was upheld, and the score remained 3-0.

Toronto finally scored at 5:50 of the third on a shot from the high slot by Greening. It came with Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson serving an interference penalty.

The Maple Leafs trimmed the lead to one on the first goal of the season by Brennan at 8:54 of the third.

The Panthers countered with the 27th goal of the season by Barkov at 9:30 to regain a two-goal margin at 4-2.

Greening scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the season from the low slot to cut Florida’s lead to one goal again at 11:53 of the third.

“I wish they were at the start of the game instead of at the end of it,” said Greening, who reached 100 career points. “Both goals were great passes by (William) Nylander and (Tyler) Bozak, I guess I was just Johnny on the spot.”

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on the 14th goal of the season by Bjugstad at 1:34 of the second period. He stuffed home the rebound after Bernier stopped a slap shot by defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

Grimaldi rifled home his first goal of the game from the left faceoff circle at 10:31 of the second period.

Grimaldi scored his second goal of the game and his third of the season on another shot from the left faceoff circle at 13:11 of the second, and the Panthers led 3-0.

The Panthers had a 26-14 advantage in shots on goal after two periods, but the Maple Leafs made a strong run in the third.

“They were coming with some jump there,” Grimaldi said. “Obviously, I’m not happy with the way I finished the game. It happens, and we’ll come back stronger tomorrow. We wanted to clinch a spot in the playoffs and we did, now we want to clinch the division.”

NOTES: Toronto C Nazem Kadri was suspended for four games, the rest of the Maple Leafs’ season, for his crosscheck to the shoulder and head area of C Luke Glendening that earned a two-minute penalty Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Kadri finishes with 17 goals and 28 assists for a team-leading 45 points. The Maple Leafs recalled LW Rich Clune from the Marlies of the AHL to replace Kadri. … The Panthers did not play Sunday but clinched a playoff spot when the Boston Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. … The Leafs play their final home game of the season Wednesday when they meet the Columbus Blue Jackets. … The Panthers play the second game of three straight on the road Tuesday when they visit Montreal to play the Canadiens.


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