Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Florida Panthers 1 – FOXSports.com
TORONTO (AP) — Connor Brown had two goals and two assists to lead the Maple Leafs to a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, spoiling James Reimer first start in Toronto since leaving in the offseason.
Mitch Marner had another impressive goal, and Leo Komarov, James van Riemsdyk and Jake Gardiner also scored as Toronto improved to 7-2-0 at home. Nazem Kadri had two assists and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots.
Aaron Ekblad scored the lone goal for Florida and Reimer finished with 24 saves.
The Maple Leafs got to their former goalie quickly, scoring three times in the first period — including two by Brown.
Brown deflected Morgan Rielly’s point shot past a surprised Reimer nearly six minutes in. The goal was initially ruled off for a high stick, but was later overturned on video review.
After Ekblad evened the score at 1-1 with only his fourth point of the season — all goals — Brown scored again. This time, he eluded a check along the boards by Ekblad, continued a hard drive down the right side of the ice and then flung a shot on goal as he avoided a diving Jason Demers.
Brown crashed into the boards and popped up with a visor full of snow after the shot beat Reimer, who was taken aback by the goal once more.
Signed to a five-year, $17 million deal in the summer, Reimer is 2-3-1 record in his first seven games with Florida.
Marner padded the lead to two as he gained control of the puck just inside the Florida blue line, took a step on defenseman Michael Matheson and then made a series of dekes to beat Reimer.
He was still fighting off the advances of Matheson prior to scoring, waiting until the last possible