Another road win for Leafs
SUNRISE, Fla.—The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to keep things rolling on the road.
Ben Scrivens notched his second-consecutive shutout, and Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers last night.
Toronto is off to its best road start since opening 7-2-0 away from home during the 1940-41 season.
Scrivens, who got his first career shutout Saturday in a 3-0 victory over Ottawa, stopped 37 shots last night.
“I said it two days ago, a shutout is a team stat, it’s not strictly a goaltender stat,” Scrivens stresssd.
“The guys did a great job killing penalties, blocking shots, making smart plays at both the offensive and defensive bluelines and letting me see the puck,” he noted.
“So much of the credit goes to them.”
The Leafs beat the Panthers for the first time in seven games dating to a 4-3 shootout win back on Feb. 1, 2011.
“We don’t want to get overly excited,” MacArthur said. “It’s really early yet.
“We want to keep building,” he added. “Our team is getting better and better. Our goalies have been playing great.
“It’s something where it’s a good feeling we’re building something here, but we don’t get too excited,” he reiterated.
Jose Theodore made 30 saves for Florida, which lost its fifth-straight overall and sixth in the past seven at home.
The Panthers went 0-for-3 on the power play and are 0-for-15 over the past five games while giving up a power-play goal.
“Personally, I think our power play sucked the life out of us,” said Panthers’ coach Kevin Dineen.
“That’s an area we have to keep working on and have our special teams give us a boost instead of going 0-for on the one side and giving up the big goal on the other.”
The Leafs play four of their next six games on the road and are being careful to not get overconfident.
“We’re still very much a work in progress,” stessed coach Randy Carlyle.
The Panthers, meanwhile, didn’t get a point after losing their last three games in overtime.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Monteal beat Carolina 3-0, Ottawa nipped New Jersey 2-1 (SO), Phoenix blanked Calgary 4-0, Philadelphia bombed the N.Y. Islanders 7-0, Colorado topped Nashville 6-5, and Anaheim downed Columbus 3-2.