Toronto (27-20-1) at Florida (15-19-8)

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Temp: 91° F
  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Feb 5, 2003
  • TV: TSN, FSFL
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SUNRISE, FLORIDA (TICKER) —Center Mats Sundin and goaltender Ed Belfour missed Sunday’s All-Star Game, but should be in action at the Office Depot Center on Wednesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Florida Panthers.

Sundin, Toronto’s captain, did not participate in Sunday’s contest after missing six games earlier this month with a shoulder injury.

Belfour, who was bothered by back spasms, has won his last two starts and is 23-14-3 with a 2.14 goals-against average.

The Maple Leafs opened their current four-game road trip against the Southeast Division with a pair of wins before the All-Star break. Last Thursday, defenseman Tomas Kaberle had three assists and enforecer Tie Domi recorded his 200th NHL point as the Leafs rolled over the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-2.

One of Kaberle’s assists came on Nik Antropov’s career-high 13th goal 5 1/2 minutes into the third period.

Toronto is 11-11-2-1 on the road.

Florida is 7-10-5-4 at the Office Depot Center, which was sold out for Sunday’s All-Star Game when the Western Conference registered a 6-5 shootout win.

Panthers center Olli Jokinen gave the crowd of 19,250 a lot to cheer about as he had three assists and beat Dallas goaltender Marty Turco on a breakaway with 10:22 to go in the third period to forge a 5-5 tie. Jokinen missed a chance to score in the shootout, when his shot rang off the left goalpost.

Florida is 1-4-1 in its last six games after skating to a 2-2 tie with the Detroit Red Wings last Thursday. Viktor Kozlov scored 7:30 into the third period as Florida ended a five-game road losing streak.

Roberto Luongo turned aside 33 shots at Detroit and is 11-21-9 with a 2.89 GAA.

Luongo made 30 saves in a 4-1 victory in Toronto on October 23 and turned away 29 shots in a 2-2 tie against the Leafs here on December 18. The Leafs are 6-4-4 all time in Florida.

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