Maple Leafs 9, Panthers 1
TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Maple Leafs, looking to build momentum that will carry them into the playoffs on a high, routed the Florida Panthers 9-1 Saturday night as Steve Sullivan scored four goals.
Steve Thomas had a five-point night with four assists and a goal and Sergei Berezin, Mats Sundin, Dimitri Yushkevich and Sylvain Cote added one goal apiece for the Maple Leafs.
Toronto’s 44th win tied the single-season club record set in 1992-93. The Maple Leafs have two games left in which to break it and to try and equal the club record of 99 points, also set in 1992-93. They have 95 now.
Radek Dvorak scored for a Florida team stripped of 10 regulars because of injury. The Panthers have lost seven in a row and have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn rested No. 1 goalie Curtis Joseph to give Glenn Healy a start, and he gave defenseman Tomas Kaberle the night off, too.
Toronto led 2-0 after one period. Berezin polished off a 2-on-1 break with Gary Valk for his 36th goal, and Thomas got credit for his 28th when a shot by Bryan Berard from the point bounced in off his leg.
In the second, Sullivan scored on a wraparound and on a breakaway, and when Sundin beat Sean Burke with a knee-high wrist shot from the middle of the zone to make it 5-0, Florida coach Terry Murray sent in Kirk McLean. Dvorak then deflected in a shot by Jeff Ware.
In the third, Yushkevich beat McLean for his sixth and Cote beat him for his fourth before Sullivan went on another two-goal binge. He tapped in a pass from Thomas on a power play, then scored his 20th of the season on another wraparound.