The Toronto Maple Leafs enjoyed smooth sailing in pursuit of a playoff spot -- until Saturday. Andersen is listed as day-to-day with what is being termed an upper-body injury. Curtis McElhinney, who took over from Andersen on Saturday and allowed three goals on 22 shots, will start Tuesday night when the Maple Leafs play the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.
Sabres captain Brian Gionta was presented with a silver-plated stick before the opening faceoff of his 1,000th career game on Monday night. Afterward, Gionta received a puck to go with it: The game-winner, in fact. The 15-year NHL veteran celebrated his milestone evening by scoring what stood as the decisive goal in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Wendel Clark had a quick response when he was asked when he first thought his Toronto Maple Leafs record for most goals as a rookie would be eclipsed. “The second period of the first game,” Clark said Tuesday night, shortly after Auston Matthews scored his 35th goal of the season to set a new franchise record for most goals by a rookie in one NHL season. It was the first goal in what turned out to be a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers that kept the Leafs one point ahead of the Boston Bruins, who beat the Nashville Predators 4-1, in the fight for third place in the Atlantic Division. Matthews, 19, served notice in that first game of the 2016-17 season that, true to his billing as the first overall