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The puck gets past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Drew MacIntyre, right, on a goal scored by Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs 4-2.
MacIntyre stops 33 shots but Panthers win 4-2 over Maple Leafs
SUNRISE, Fla. — Nick Bjugstad snapped out of his scoring slump and spoiled Drew MacIntyre’s first NHL start.
Bjugstad had two goals and an assist to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
MacIntyre stopped 33 shots. The 30-year-old was making just his second appearance for Toronto this season.
“It’s been a long, long time but it was awesome. I have few regrets,” MacIntyre said. “I was hoping it would be a win, that’s how I envisioned it.”
MacIntyre was drafted by Detroit in the 2001 NHL Draft, which took place in the Panthers arena.
“I looked up right at the end of the anthem and saw the ’Draft 2001’ flag and I smiled at myself and said, ’It’s been a fun ride.’ ... I found it so funny that this rink is my first game.”
Brad Boyes and Brandon Pirri also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo, who returned after missing Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury, made 27 saves.
Bjugstad’s goals — his first two after 21 games — came less than three minutes apart in the third for his first two-goal and three-point game of his career.
“It was a good night,” Bjugstad said. “We had to get pucks to the net. First game for that goalie and we wanted to get shots on him. It worked out for us.”
Paul Ranger and Tyler Bozak scored for the Maple Leafs.