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Maple Leafs earn 3-2 win after both Panthers goalies injured
2015-03-04
 It took goalie chaos around the Florida Panthers bench for the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn their first road win in 2015.

Peter Holland scored a busy schedule-ahead goal 5:28 into your third period against injured goalie Al Montoya, and the Maple Leafs held on for the 3-2 win that snapped Toronto's franchise-worst 16-game, road-losing streak.

Montoya was injured earlier after relieving starting goalie Roberto Luongo, who got hurt within the first period and didn't turn out for your second.
It was Toronto's first road win since a victory at Boston on Dec. 31 (0-14-2).

"Nice to get a win here on the highway and have a good feeling in the room again," Holland said.

The Panthers changed goalies twice, and even had goalie coach Robb Tallas get dressed on an emergency basis, but the 41-year-old Tallas never entered the sport. He hasn't took part in an NHL game since 2001.

Montoya was injured at the start of the third period, but was able to be in the game despite being hobbled with a groin injury. He eventually was replaced by Luongo, who got back into uniform after changing into street clothes.

Luongo was injured with 4:03 left from the first period when he was hit while using puck to the side of the pinnacle using a wrist shot by Leo Komarov. Luongo was treated by trainers for several minutes, but remained set for other period.

Luongo returned i'll carry on with 9:08 left in the game. Montoya finished with 13 saves. Luongo stopped 19 shots.
Panthers gm Dale Tallon said his team what food was in exposure to the NHL looking to acquire Tallas cleared to try out. That is one process was ongoing, the Panthers thought i would have Montoya get back to the overall game.

Tallas was ultimately cleared, but Luongo finished up being normally the one who replaced Montoya. Luongo were built with a CT scan performed over the game, Tallon said.

"It's rare. Doesn't happen generally," Tallon said. "You're in constant communication with the league to complete the right thing, and you have to get him be legal and it has to get cleared by central registry.

"It's to do that at 11 o'clock or 10:30 in the evening. ... If we couldn't get him cleared, it might have experienced to become player."

Tallon said the Panthers also entertained the notion of putting Derek MacKenzie amongst gamers.

"Louie decided he would give it a shot," Tallon said.

The Panthers gave no specifics within the harshness of either injury, though Gallant said Montoya is "hurt pretty good." Tallon said hello was likely the team will summon a goalie for practice on Wednesday.

Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak also scored to the Maple Leafs, and Jonathan Bernier made 40 saves.
Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Pirri scored for Florida, which lost for the first time since Jaromir Jagr joined the team on Thursday. Jagr had four shots in 18:30 of ice time.

"We're playing a pretty good game, and all of a rapid, boom, boom, you lose two goalies real quick," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "Fortunately for us, both of them made it possible to return and play a number of the game, and Robbie (Tallas) did not have to be put into there. But there was plenty of confusion going on."

Holland position the Maple Leafs ahead for great when he corralled a rebound in front of the net and poked the puck past Montoya. Holland said he could tell Montoya was hurting.

"I think if he was feeling 100 % he would have gotten across the net there," Holland said. "That is not typical Montoya. He's usually pretty quick over the bottom there. They don't really ask how and i also won't ask how, either."

The Maple Leafs had tied it 2-2 on Kadri's goal 22 seconds to the third. The puck rebounded sharply over boards, and Kadri got behind Montoya to sweep within the puck.

Montoya collided with Kadri and was slow standing up.

"He's hurt decent, lower body," Gallant said. "But he battled and the man found ways to compete there for all of us. He did everything he could."

Ekblad squeeze Panthers ahead 2-1 which has a power-play goal. Ekblad took a pass in the high slot and one-timed a trial past Bernier within the glove side at 13:12 from the second.

The Maple Leafs have allowed an electric-play goal in seven in their past eight games.
Bozak tied it 1-1 that has a power-play goal inside second period. Phil Kessel took a trial that's blocked, and Dion Phaneuf and Bozak scrambled with the loose puck in the front.

Bozak poked it in at 4:40 for Toronto's first goal since Feb. 26 against Philadelphia when Phaneuf scored at 1:22 in the third period. The Maple Leafs went scoreless for 163 minutes, 18 seconds.

The Panthers took a single-0 delude Pirri's goal. Jimmy Hayes passed the puck to Pirri in the slot for the wrist shot that went between Bernier's pads with 17.2 seconds left in the first.

Rrt had been Pirri's third goal in three games since he missed nine on account of a maximum-body injury. The Panthers are two points behind Boston with the final playoff spot from the Eastern Conference.

"It absolutely was unfortunate we allow this to one elapse. They're two big points we needed," Pirri said.
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