Panthers cruise to 4-0 win over Maple Leafs

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 17, 2011; 11:15 PM

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Finally, the Florida Panthers got an easy win.

Sergei Samsonov and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and an assist, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 24 shots for his first shutout of the season to help the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 Thursday night.

Florida's last 11 wins since Jan. 2 all were by one goal.

"It's a really nice win for us," Weiss said. "With the group we have in here, I thought it was probably the most complete game we've played together. I thought all in all, from five-on-five to special teams, we were really good tonight."

Mike Santorelli also scored for the Panthers and Keaton Ellerby added an empty-netter with 3:24 left.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, making his first start since Feb. 16, stopped 22 shots for the Leafs.

"I wish I would have felt better," Giguere said. "There were some good parts and some parts I wish I could get back."

Toronto came into the game in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, trailing eighth-place Buffalo by four points and Carolina by two.

"We didn't have our legs," Leafs wing Clarke MacArthur said. "We're a team that can skate well. We didn't do that tonight."

Rookie James Reimer had started the last 13 games for the Leafs, the longest streak for a Toronto rookie goaltender since Peter Ing started 19 straight in 1990-91.

The Leafs were shut out for the 11th time this season, the first since they lost 1-0 in a shootout against Ottawa on Feb. 19.

The shutout was the sixth of Clemmensen's career and his first since his only one last season.

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