Series (Game 3 of 4)

Toronto leads 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, December 23rd
Maple Leafs5
Game 2: Monday, December 29th
Maple Leafs4Final
Game 3: Wednesday, February 25th
Maple Leafs0Final
Game 4: Tuesday, March 9th
Maple Leafs5

Maple Leafs 0

(34-18-3, 80 pts)

Panthers 4

(23-25-3, 62 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 25, 2004

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
TOR 0 0 00
FLA 1 0 34

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Kolnik (Panthers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

M. Cullen (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Luongo earns second straight shutout

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Juraj Kolnik had two goals and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 33 saves for his second consecutive shutout to help the Florida Panthers beat Toronto 4-0 Wednesday night.

It was the sixth shutout of the season for Luongo, who beat Boston 2-0 Monday night. Luongo came in leading the NHL in saves and ranked second with a .934 save percentage.

Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who are unbeaten in their last five (3-0-2). Florida moved within seven points of the idle New York Islanders for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Niklas Hagman also scored for the Panthers, and Mike Van Ryn and Valeri Bure had two assists apiece.

Mikael Tellqvist stopped 24 shots for the Leafs, who lost their second in a row and missed an opportunity to tie Philadelphia atop the Eastern Conference. Toronto has 80 points and trails Ottawa by one point in the Northeast Division.

Kolnik scored his first goal in the opening period when he got a pass from Cullen in the slot and put a wrist shot through the legs of Robert Reichel and over the glove hand of Tellqvist.

He made it 2-0 in the third when he outskated defenseman Ken Klee and beat Tellqvist on a partial breakaway.

Cullen scored 30 seconds later when his wrist shot from the left circle beat Tellqvist high on the short side.

Mats Sundin had two great chances to give Toronto the lead in the first period, but Luongo made a leg save on his one-timer on a two-on-one and Sundin then hit the post on a breakaway.

Game notes

Florida is 8-2-4-1 in its last 15 home games. ... The Leafs were held without a shot on goal in the last 12 minutes of the first period. ... It was the second two-goal game of Kolnik's career. The first came Feb. 22, 2001, against Philadelphia when Kolnik was with the Islanders. ... Tellqvist started for the fifth time in the last six games with goalie Ed Belfour nursing a back injury. ... Panthers D Jay Bouwmeester, out since Jan. 19 because of a broken foot, took part in the morning skate but missed his 17th consecutive game. He is expected to return Friday night against Washington. ... Toronto LW Gary Roberts missed his sixth consecutive game because of a groin pull.

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