Panthers roll into all-star break
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.