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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.

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.