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Panthers beat Maple Leafs, clinch Atlantic Division title

By COLBY GUY SUNRISE — Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart scored 10 seconds apart midway through the second period, and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night. With the victory and Boston’s 3-1 loss to Ottawa, Florida clinched the Atlantic Division title. The Panthers (52-24-6) finished with the season with a four-game win streak to make up a five-point deficit in the standings. Carter Verhaeghe and Brandon Montour also scored for Florida, and Anthony Stolarz made 24 saves. The Panthers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of the playoffs. Mitchell...

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Reinhart gets his 55th goal in OT as Panthers top Buffalo, clinch home ice for Round 1

By TIM REYNOLDS (AP Sports Writer) SUNRISE — All Florida needed was one point to ensure its postseason run would start at home. And once that task was done, Sam Reinhart decided to put an exclamation point on things. Reinhart got his 55th goal of the season with 1:02 left in overtime, and the Panthers clinched home ice for at least Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs by beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in the next-to-last regular-season game for both teams on Saturday. “We’re excited about the challenge ahead,” Reinhart said. “It’s starting for real pretty soon. Do what you can to get home-ice...

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Bobrovsky gets 6th shutout of season and Reinhart scores 54th goal as Panthers top Blue Jackets 4-0

By COLBY GUY (Associated Press) SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves to tie for the NHL lead with six shutouts, Sam Reinhart scored his 54th goal and the Florida Panthers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night. “The guys worked hard,” Bobrovsky said. “Sometimes, it’s not easy to play in those games, you know? But I thought the guys did a great job. They did the right things, played a great game and had a lot of offense.” Bobrovsky, who has 44 career shutouts, is tied with Arizona’s Connor Ingram and Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry for the most this season. “We’re...

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Bobrovsky makes 30 saves, Panthers rout Senators 6-0

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists and the Florida Panthers routed the Ottawa Senators 6-0 on Thursday night. Nick Cousins, Dmitry Kulikov, Anton Lundell, Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart also scored to help Florida improve to 48-24-5. Panthers coach Paul Maurice moved into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL victory list with 865. Joonas Korpisalo allowed four goals on 17 shots for Ottawa. Anton Forsberg gave up two on 14 shots in relief. With Florida up 5-0 to start the third, Tkachuk scored...

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Anthony Stolarz, Panthers give up five goals in loss to Canadians

MONTREAL — Nick Suzuki scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period and Sam Montembeault made 37 saves in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Cole Caufield, Jake Evans and Joel Armia also scored while Alex Newhook had two assists for Montreal, which won its fourth in five games. Aleksander Barkov, Sam Bennett and Anton Lundell tallied for Florida, which lost to Montreal for the first time in four meetings (3-1-0) this season. Anthony Stolarz made 34 saves. The feisty game featured 66 minutes in penalties, including 52 in the...

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Panthers score three goals in third period, but rally comes up short vs. Maple Leafs in potential playoff preview

TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 61st and 62nd goals of the season to go along with an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs built a four-goal lead before hanging on late to down the Florida Panthers 6-4 in a potential first-round playoff preview Monday. Nicholas Robertson and Matthew Knies also had a goal and an assist each for Toronto, while Tyler Bertuzzi and David Kampf provided the rest of the offense. Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves for the Leafs, who were without five regulars — including star winger Mitch Marner (high ankle sprain) for an 11th straight game. Vladimir Tarasenko...

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Panthers give up two late goals, fall to Bruins

By COLBY GUY SUNRISE — Pavel Zacha scored the winning goal with 2:21 to go in regulation and the Boston Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Bruins also broke a tie with Florida atop the Atlantic Division and now hold a two-point lead although the Panthers have played one less game. Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic also scored for the Bruins and Jeremy Swayman made 18 saves. Evan Rodrigues, Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe scored for the Panthers while Sergei Bobrovsky made 17 saves. Florida lost for the fifth time in its last six games, going 1-4-1...

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Sam Reinhart scores twice to reach 50 goals, leading Panthers past Flyers 4-1

By AARON BRACY (Associated Press) PHILADELPHIA — Sam Reinhart scored two goals to reach 50 on the season, Brandon Montour added three assists and the Florida Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. “Very cool,” Reinhart said. “It’s obviously a number I never really thought about.” Vladimir Tarasenko and Carter Verhaeghe also scored for the Panthers, who tied Boston with 97 points atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. Florida will host the Bruins on Tuesday night. Bobby Brink scored for the Flyers. “I thought we played...

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Gustav Forsling scores in OT to lift Panthers past Capitals 3-2

By COLBY GUY (Associated Press) SUNRISE — Defenseman Gustav Forsling scored at 3:41 of overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over Washington on Saturday night in Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s 1,400th NHL game. Carter Verhaeghe tied it for Florida on a power play with 3:30 to go in regulation, beating goalie Charlie Lindgren with a long-range snap shot. Forsling ended it with a one-timer from the right side on a 3-on-1 break. Ovechkin became the 41st skater in NHL history to reach the milestone. He’s the 10th to ever do it with one team and is the second active player to do it,...

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Anton Lundell scores OT winner, Panthers beat Senators to extend streak and jump into first place in East

By COLBY GUY SUNRISE — Anton Lundell scored 1:36 into overtime and the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night to jump over the idle Boston Bruins and into the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour also scored while Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves in the Panthers’ sixth straight victory. Thomas Chabot and Tim Stutzle scored for the Senators while Joonas Korpisalo stopped 31 shots in Ottawa’s third loss in its past four games. Ekblad missed Saturday’s 9-2 Panthers win against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a lower-body injury, then promptly scored...

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