February 28, 2018 / 3:56 AM / 23 days ago

McCann's OT goal lifts Panthers over Maple Leafs

Jared McCann scored with 1:14 left in overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau also had goals for the Panthers (29-25-6).

Dominic Moore and Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs (39-20-7).

Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots in improving his record to 4-1-0 since his return from injury.

Toronto backup goalie Curtis McElhinney had 28.

Aaron Ekblad flipped a backhanded pass into the neutral zone in overtime, and McCann skated in and fired the game-winning goal over McElhinney’s blocker to give the Panthers their third straight win to open their six-game homestand.

The club finished February with a 9-3-0 record and is 10-3-0 in the last 13.

The two clubs met one week ago in Toronto as the Maple Leafs were victorious, 1-0, behind a goal from James van Riemsdyk and a shutout from Frederick Andersen.

On their second power play of the first period, Florida cashed in when Huberdeau slipped a pass from behind the Toronto goal to Barkov, who was standing near the post.

The All-Star center roofed his 21st goal over McElhinney at 11:02 for a 1-0 lead, giving him 16 points in his last 10 games.

Huberdeau skated through the slot past Tomas Plekanec, held the puck patiently and guided a nifty shot in for his 19th goal and a 2-0 lead at 1:42 of the second.

Moore capitalized on a Florida turnover at 2:53, putting Toronto on the board with his sixth goal off a loose puck that Luongo could not find.

Hyman tied it at 2 with his 12th marker off a fancy drop-pass at 12:34 by William Nylander, who leaned past Keith Yandle on his way through the slot to set up the goal.

With the game knotted at 2 through two spirited periods of play, neither team scored in the final period, but McElhinney stopped McCann on a late power play.

Luongo also stopped Nazem Kadri in the last seconds, forcing overtime.

—Field Level Media

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