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Leafs Blow By Panthers In The Third

Before taking a penalty shot against Florida, Derek King got some advice from a Toronto teammate.

"Tie Domi is the one who told me to fake and go 5-hole," King said.

That's all the advice King needed as he scored on the shot to help the Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 Saturday.
King was awarded a penalty shot when he was hauled down by defenseman Robert Svehla at 7:09 of the third period and the score tied 1-1. He beat goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, and Toronto's Fredrik Modin followed up with his second goal of the game and the eventual winner 86 seconds later.

Tom Fitzgerald and Ray Whitney scored for Florida, which outshot Toronto 40-25.

King, who suffered a shot to the knee moments earlier when he was taken into the boards by Svehla, faked Vanbiesbrouck to the stick side and slid the puck between his legs.

"My only other penalty shot was in an exhibition game during my first or second season and it was Vanbiesbrouck who stopped me," King said.

The Panthers argued vehemently over the validity of referee Dan Marouelli's penalty-shot call.

"That's a tough call to make," Svehla said. "The score was 1-1. There wasn't fault on the play."

King's penalty shot goal was Toronto's first at home since Greg Terrion beat Chicago's Murray Bannerman on Jan. 14, 1984.

After Modin put Toronto ahead 3-1, Whitney scored on a Panthers' power play at 14:30 of the third period to move Florida within one goal. Florida pressured the Maple Leafs throughout the final five minutes.

"It wasn't pretty, but we found a way," said Toronto coach Mike Murphy. "We're going to have to start playing harder after the (Olympic) break if we want to make the playoffs."

Modin got the only goal of the first period when he was forechecking in the Florida zone, picked off an errant pass and beat Vanbiesbrouck between the legs on a backhand.

That gave Modin a string of four straight Toronto goals over three games. He scored the winner in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and had both Maple Leaf goals in a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

"Everything (Modin) is shooting is going in," said Toronto goalie Glenn Healy, who stopped 38 shots. "He's playing great hockey."

Fitzgerald tied the score 1-1 at 7:14 of the second period when he stole the puck from Maple Leafs defender Mathieu Schneider and fired a backhand shot past Healy.

The start for Healy over No. 1 goalie Felix Potvin was just his second in 11 games.

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