Pan­thers roll into all-star break

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY TIM REYNOLDS THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The way the Florida Pan­thers are play­ing, they might not even want an All-Star break.

Sim­ply put, they just keep rolling.

Alek­sander Barkov — hours af­ter sign­ing a six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion — and Vin­cent Trocheck had power-play goals, Roberto Luongo made 22 saves and the Pan­thers tacked on one more win be­fore the break by top­ping the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Tues­day night.

Reilly Smith and Jussi Joki­nen each had a goal and an as­sist for Florida. Brian Camp­bell had two as­sists and Alex Petro­vic added the first goal of his ca­reer for the Pan­thers, who go into the break atop the At­lantic Divi­sion and firmly hold­ing se­cond place in the East­ern Con­fer­ence.

“It’s a great break for ev­ery­body,” Pan­thers coach Ger­ard Gal­lant said. “Not just for our team, but for ev­ery team in the Na­tional Hockey League.”

Nazem Kadri scored for Toronto, which has lost eight of its last nine games. James Reimer stopped 22 shots for the Leafs.

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