Series (Game 4 of 4)

Florida leads 2-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 23rd
Maple Leafs1
Game 2: Wednesday, December 18th
Maple Leafs2Final
Game 3: Wednesday, February 5th
Maple Leafs6Final
Game 4: Monday, March 3rd
Maple Leafs1

Panthers 2

(20-25-9, 61 pts)

Maple Leafs 1

(37-24-1, 79 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 3, 2003

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
FLA 1 0 12
TOR 0 0 11

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

I. Majesky (Panthers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

S. Weiss (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Weiss scores the game-winner to beat Maple Leafs

TORONTO (AP) -- Stephen Weiss had plenty of family and friends in the crowd, and he didn't let them down.

Stephen Weiss

Florida's Stephen Weiss (9) celebrates his winning goal before hometown family friends with teammate Ivan Novoseltsev.

The Toronto native had a goal and an assist, and Roberto Luongo just missed a shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night.

''It hasn't sunk in yet. I think it will sink in a little later,'' said Weiss, who got tickets for 13 relatives and friends. ''It's huge just to get a goal. It's been a bit of a struggle lately. It's nice to get one and have it be a winner, especially here in Toronto.''

Ivan Novoseltsev also scored for the Panthers, who ended a four-game winless streak.

Toronto's Alexander Mogilny spoiled Luongo's shutout bid with just 45 seconds left. Luongo made 31 saves.

''It's unfortunate, but getting two points is what matters,'' Luongo said.

Novoseltsev's wrist shot from the side of the net went over goalie Trevor Kidd's glove, giving Florida a 1-0 lead 1:55 into the game. Weiss made a nice drop pass to Novoseltsev, who had a good look at the net.

''He loves playing in Toronto,'' Florida coach Mike Keenan said of Weiss. ''He really gets up for the games. It's nice to see him play like that. Hopefully, he'll garner some confidence from it.''

Weiss made it 2-0 with 4:22 to play with his sixth goal of the season, after Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle turned over the puck at the blue line.

The Maple Leafs, who went 0-for-6 on the power play, have lost three of their past five games. Toronto had a two-man advantage late in the first period but still couldn't get a shot on net.

Luongo made a nice pad save on Mogilny's wrist shot early in the first period and later made an impressive glove save on Jonas Hoglund's slap shot.

Toronto went 0-for-4 on the power-play in the first period, and many shots missed the net.

''We had a lot of chances, but we didn't have that edge,'' Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. ''Sometimes it's not there. Guys just weren't sharp.''

Kidd, playing his 15th game this season, made 30 saves.

Game notes

Sundin doesn't have a point in his last three games. He needs two points to reach 1,000 for his NHL career. ... The Panthers went 2-1-1 against the Maple Leafs this season. ... Florida had lost its previous three games.

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