TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't ready to panic.
Olli Jokinen scored twice and had an assist as the Florida
Panthers beat the struggling Maple Leafs 4-1 on Wednesday night.
The Maple Leafs, booed throughout the third period, have won
just two of their eight games.
"We know we have some skilled players,'' Toronto coach Pat
Quinn said. "We don't have many changes from last year when we had
the third-best record in the league. What we have going on now is a
little bit of fear. We are beating ourselves.''
Florida held its opponent under four goals for just the second
time this season.
After scoring 19 goals in its first five games, Toronto has been
limited to four in its last three.
"We have to nip this thing sooner rather than later,''
Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald said. "We have a good team. We just need
to get it together.''
Dmitry Yushkevich, playing his first game in Toronto since being
traded to Florida, said his former team is too good for the slump
"They are pretty much the same team as last year,'' Yushkevich
said. "They are going through a rough period right now, but they
have players likes Mats Sundin and leaders like Bryan McCabe in the
dressing room. They are going to turn it around. When they start
playing better nobody will be able to beat them.''
Nilson's shorthanded goal at 6:51 of the third gave the Panthers
a 3-1 lead. After a turnover by Toronto's Jonas Hoglund, Nilson
skated around Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe and raced up the ice
before beating Ed Belfour on a breakaway with a backhanded shot.
Jokinen added an empty-netter with 31 seconds left.
"It was a big game for Yushkevich,'' Jokinen said. "We talked
about it before the game. We said 'Lets win it for him.'''
Bure poked in Jokinen's shot from the side of the net, giving
Florida a 1-0 lead at 4:09 of the first.
After rookie defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo's shot trickled by
Luongo, Nik Antropov pushed it across the line to tie it at 3:21 of
After a Toronto turnover, Jokinen's slap shot beat Belfour on
the power play, giving Florida a 2-1 lead at 14:57 of the second.
"When things are going bad, it seems like every mistake you
make ends up in the net,'' McCabe said.
Belfour, signed to replace the departed Curtis Joseph as
Toronto's No. 1 goalie, allowed three goals on 29 shots.
Belfour left the net with 1:30 remaining, but the Maple Leafs
couldn't manage a shot on net despite the extra attacker.
The Maple Leafs played the second game of a seven-game
homestand. ... Yushkevich received an interference penalty just 17
seconds into game. ... Colaiacovo, who is from Toronto, made his