In our latest edition of Throwback Thursday, we will go back 7 years and take a look at the Panthers’ rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 5, 2008. Read on for more on how the Panthers shut out the Leafs for what was just the 2nd time in franchise history.
Coming into the game, the Panthers were a win away from having their first three-game win streak in three weeks, and they were just three points back from the Southeast Division lead despite being under .500. The Panthers had won their last game against Tampa 3-2 and Toronto won theirs against Ottawa 4-2. Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun won three of his previous 5 starts and made 40 saves during four of those 5 starts.
By the end of the game, the Panthers had scored 8 goals, three of which came courtesy of Richard Zednik’s second career hat-trick. Forward Brett McLean had a career-high 5 point night, including 1 goal and 4 assists, while captain Olli Jokinen tallied his 200th career goal and 400th point as a member of the Panthers. One-time Panther David Brine notched his first career point by assisting on Steve Montador’s third period goal, and Tomas Vokoun added his 4th shutout of the season. The Panthers went 3-for-4 on the powerplay while the Leafs failed to convert on all of their 5 opportunities. The game saw a total of 60 penalty minutes including 4 fighting majors. Overall, the Panthers 8 goals tied the franchise record for the most goals scored in a game on the road which was set nearly two years to the day before this game against Tampa.