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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 2 Preview: Florida Panthers (1-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1)



  • F Patric Hornqvist | Games Missed: 8
  • F Ryan Lomberg | Games Missed: 4
    Total Playoff Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 15
    Total Regular Season Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 239

Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2 – May 2 – TD Garden
FLA Goals: Cousins (1), Bennett (4), Verhaeghe (3), Montour (6)
TOR Goals: Knies (1), Bunting (1)
FLA Goalie: Bobrovsky (W) – 34 Saves
TOR Goalie: Samsonov (L) – 24 Saves
FLA Shots: 28
TOR Shots: 36
Notes: Matthew Tkachuk notched three assists, a playoff career high, to match the franchise record for assists in a playoff game…Tkachuk extended his point streak to five games (4-7-11) and posted nine hits, tied for the most by a Panthers skater during the 2023 postseason…Carter Verhaeghe scored a goal for the second consecutive game, extending his point streak to five games (2-6-8)…Verhaeghe’s goal marked his 11th playoff goal with the Panthers, surpassing Ray Sheppard and Dave Lowry for the most in franchise history…Brandon Montour tallied a goal for the third straight game, producing five points (4-1-5) over that span…Montour tied Ed Jovanovski (1-8-9, 1996) for most points by a blueliner in a playoff year in club history…Aleksander Barkov notched two assists, extending his point streak to four games (1-5-6)…Sam Bennett logged two points (1-1-2), posting three (1-2-3) over his past two games…Sergei Bobrovsky won his fourth consecutive game, matching John Vanbiesbrouck for the longest postseason win streak by a Panthers goaltender in club history…Florida won its fourth straight game and fourth straight road game, matching the longest playoff win streak in club history and establishing a new record for road win streak…FLA PP: 0-1, FLA PK: 4-4


  • April 25: D Lucas Carlsson loaned to Charlotte (AHL)

ALL-TIME vs. TOR: 43-40-7-8
ALL-TIME ROAD vs. TOR: 18-23-2-4

2022-23 vs. TOR: 1-1-2
ROUND 1 – FLA (4) vs. BOS (3)
GAME 1 – FLA 1, BOS 3
GAME 2 – FLA 6, BOS 3
GAME 3 – BOS 4, FLA 2
GAME 4 – BOS 6, FLA 2
GAME 5 – FLA 4, BOS 3 [OT]
GAME 6 – BOS 5, FLA 7
GAME 7 – FLA 4, BOS 3 [OT]

ROUND 2 – FLA (1) vs. TOR (0)
GAME 1 – FLA 4, TOR 2

Goals: Montour (6)
Assists: Tkachuk (9)
Points: Tkachuk (14)
Shots: Montour (27)
Hits: Gudas (36)


  1. Carter Verhaeghe | 11 1. Aleksander Barkov | 22 1. Aleksander Barkov | 29
    T-2. Ray Sheppard | 10 2. Jonathan Huberdeau | 16 2. Carter Verhaeghe | 24
    T-2. Dave Lowry | 10 3. Carter Verhaeghe | 13 3. Jonathan Huberdeau | 21

The Panthers have won each of their past four playoff games, matching a club record (May 9-18, 1996 vs. PHI & PIT). Additionally, the Cats have won each of their past four road playoff games dating back to Game 3 at BOS, the longest playoff road win streak in club history. Over the course of the win streak (April 26-May 2), the Cats scored a league-leading 19 goals averaging 4.75 goals per game and scoring at a 40% clip on the power play [4/10]. Over that span, six different Panthers have registered at least a point per game (Tkachuk [9], Verhaeghe [7], Barkov [6], Montour [5], Lundell & Bennett [4 each]).

The Panthers face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time. The Panthers earned points in three of their four meetings (1-1-2) with the Maple Leafs in 2022-23, with three of the four matchups ending in overtime. On March 29, Sam Reinhart scored a game-tying goal with a minute remaining in regulation to force overtime before Brandon Montour scored his second of two overtime goals during the season. Montour led the Panthers with five points (2-3-5) over the season series against Toronto, while Aleksander Barkov (1-3-4), Sam Reinhart (1-2-3) and Carter Verhaeghe (1-2-3) all posted at least three points.


Game 1 – Tuesday, May 2nd – 7:00 pm ET – Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio) – 2-4 L
Game 2 – Thursday, May 4th – 7:00 pm ET – Sportsnet (TV), 680 News (Radio)
Game 3 – Sunday, May 7th – 6:30 pm ET – Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 10th – 7 pm ET – Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)
Game 5 – Friday, May 12th – TBD – Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)*
Game 6 – Sunday, May 14th – TBD – Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)*
Game 7 – Tuesday, May 16th – TBD – Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)*
*If Necessary

The Maple Leafs advanced to the Second Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Game 6 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, April 29th. Toronto will take on the Florida Panthers in the Second Round marking the first postseason meeting between the clubs. The Maple Leafs posted a 3-0-1 record against the Florida Panthers during the 2022-23 regular season with a 1-0-1 record at Scotiabank Arena. Three of four games against Florida this season were decided in overtime. Mitch Marner led the team with six points (1G, 5A) in four games this season against the Panthers. Auston Matthews led the team in goals with five through four games. Ilya Samsonov posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.45 goals-against average through three games against Florida this season.

Score: Toronto 2 vs. Florida 4
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
TOR Goals: Knies, Bunting
FLA Goals: Cousins, Bennett, Verhaeghe, Montour
TOR Goaltender: Samsonov, 24/28, .857 SV%
FLA Goaltender: Bobrovsky, 34/36, .944 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-4
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1
Player Notes: – Matthew Knies scored for Toronto at 8:09 of the second period. Knies recorded the first goal of his Stanley Cup playoff career as well as the first goal of his NHL career. Per NHL Stats, “Knies became the 10th player in franchise history to score his first career NHL goal in the playoffs and fourth to do so after Toronto’s first series in a postseason.” Knies has recorded a point in three-consecutive games (1G, 2A).

  • Michael Bunting scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:51 of the second period. Bunting scored his first goal of the playoffs and second goal of his Stanley Cup playoff career.
  • Auston Matthews posted the primary assist on Knies’ goal. Matthews extended his point streak to seven games where he has recorded 10 points (5G, 5A). With a seven-game point streak, “Matthews tied Mats Sundin (7 GP in 1995) and Darryl Sittler (7 GP in 1977) for the second longest playoff-opening point streak in Maple Leafs history. Only Gary Leeman (8 GP in 1986) had a longer such streak,” per NHL Stats. With his 10th point of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Matthews set a new career-high in points recorded during a single postseason. Matthews also tied a career-high for most assists recorded during a single postseason with five (previously set in 2022).
  • Morgan Rielly registered the secondary assist on Knies’ goal. Rielly extended his point streak to six games where he has posted nine points (3G, 6A). Per NHL Stats, in extending his point streak to six games, “Rielly tied Brian Leetch (6 GP in 2004) for the longest point streak by a Maple Leafs defenceman in a playoff year.”

Team Notes: – Game 1 Record in best-of-seven series: 34-47 overall, 19-13 at home.

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