After the thrilling Burnburner, the Maple Leafs-Panthers series is a hockey fan’s dream

Sunrise, Fla. – If Toronto Maple Leafs ever bless their fans with a snowboard series in Florida, the games will be ready to be caught and the quality of entertainment should be off the charts.

Do you enjoy goals? Save ten bells?

How about hits? Superstar? Broken record?

Wild change in speed and wonder plot twists?

Maple Leafs’ wild back-to-back in Sunshine State features some high-event, high-octane, high-anxiety hockey.

Call it a potential playoff preview.

Call it a fall.

This is a return call.

Or call it a fun night at the Rink.

The only thing the top-seeded Florida Panthers lost to Tuesday in Toronto’s busiest 7-6 overtime was the dull moment.

Sergei Babrovsky and Eric Calgren were both great – and equally strong – coming back from illness during the first period, which ended in a 1-1 draw with power-play goals from Sam Reinhart and William Nylander.

Period 2 was a completely different and indomitable beast.

Mitch Marner quickly whipped up his magic by scoring Leafs’ league-leading 13M Shorthand goal, followed by a power-play strike 37 – the smallest span between PK and PP goals. (Mario Lemieux set the previous record in 1989 at 47 seconds.)

While Colin Blackwell was transforming into a beautiful 5-on-5 rush sequence, the spectators scored three goals in three shots in 94 seconds at Bobrowski.

Enter Spencer Knight.

A healthy Jack Muzin rose to the board in his first appearance in more than six weeks.

In an instant, Maple Leafs led 5-1 with the most comeback wins against that team.

Naturally, Florida scored the next four goals, including Claude Giroux’s first goal as a Panther; Five points from Jonathan Huberdeau, giving him 102 a year; And a brutal long-range shot by Radco Gudas that slips through Calgren.

Calgren left the fray a second time late after Robert Hagg tagged a cold Jack Campbell and shot him from the bottom of his mask. (Calgren will return to the third bench.)

Alexander Barkov apparently ended the frenzy in the middle of the third and FLA Live exploded when the home team trailed 6-5.

But John Tavares’ power-play goal tied again.

Huberdeau then scored the dagger goal.

“With this back-to-back, Tampa and Panthers in Florida, it’s been like a flashing light in all season schedules,” Sheldon Keefe said.

The shadow of that light?


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Maple Leafs leads the NHL with a 13-bench minor.

সহ With a pair of power-play markers, Sam Rainhart scored career-high goals (26) and points (68) on Tuesday. He is a plus player for the first time in his NHL career and tied for his first post-season – eight years after being drafted second overall by Buffalo.

Four Atlantic powers, head to head: maple leaves 5-1-1; Panthers 4-2-1; Bruins 3-3-1; Lightning 01-08-2015.

•Kiff says that scratching Ilya Libushkin was a difficult decision.

“We really have seven people who can’t play every night but can play in any situation. That’s a big reason here, ”said the coach in favor of internal competition.

“We like what Bush has brought to us, so he’ll be back soon.”

• Maple Leafs has now faced the Panthers twice … and Joe Thornton has never played a game. The final shot on April 23 will be a revenge match.

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