Each team scored three goals in a wild first period.
Trailing 3-1, the Maple Leafs closed to 3-2 when Kapinen’s shot from the left circle beat Bobrovsky with 2:17 left in the first. Matthews tied it when he poked in a rebound with 1:02 left.
“When we got down early in the first, we just tried to keep our composure.” Matthews said. “Go out there and take it one shift at a time and claw our way back.”
With the score tied at 1, Hoffman put the Panthers ahead 2-1 when he found a rebound in front and shot it into the open net at 7:25. Acciari’s shot from the right circle hit the post on the far side and went in at 12:36 and made it 3-1.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Pysyk one-timed a pass from Aaron Ekblad from the right circle 2:23 in.
The Maple Leafs answered 1:09 later after Hyman poked a rebound past Bobrovsky to tie it at 1.
“It was a big game for us and unfortunately we are on the wrong side,” Bobrovsky said.
NOTES: Maple Leafs C Denis Malgin, acquired from the Panthers on Feb. 19, was a healthy scratch. … Toronto D Jake Muzzin will miss four weeks with a broken hand sustained in a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay on Thursday. … Florida’s Joel Quenneville became the 2nd NHL head coach to reach 1,700 games. Scotty Bowman coached 2,499 NHL games. … Ekblad’s assist on Pysyk’s goal gave him a career-high 39 points. … Panthers F Erik Haula played his 400th NHL game.
Maple Leafs: host Vancouver on Saturday.
Panthers: host Chicago on Saturday.
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