TORONTO -- Beyonce was the attraction Monday night at the Air Canada Center.
Tuesday, it was the hottest road show in Canada causing an uproar at the ACC.
That is known as the Florida Panthers Rise From the Ashes Tour. The local crowd didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as they watched their Maple Leafs victimized by the Panthers' first four-game winning streak since March 2012. But the recurring chorus of boos was directed toward the home team.
The Panthers' 3-1 victory was their second on a four-city Canadian tour. They have won six of their past seven and are 10-8-1 under interim coach Peter Horachek.
More significant, the win lifted the Panthers to within six points of the Maple Leafs for the last playoff spot.
"We can't think about it. We've got to make sure we continue to play the way we've done the last few weeks and not get too much into watching the standings," said Brad Boyes, who notched his team-leading ninth goal.
Tomas Fleischmann and Sean Bergenheim also scored, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots for his third consecutive win subbing for injured Tim Thomas (groin).
The Panthers dropped all three meetings with the Leafs last season, but this is a team with a different vibe than the struggling bunch that got its coach fired five weeks into this one.
"I don't think anybody in this room has given up on the playoffs, that's for sure," Clemmensen said. "I think we're getting more comfortable. We're confident in our game; we expect to win."
As in Montreal on Sunday, the Panthers had the advantage of facing a team that played on the road the night before. The Maple Leafs, who lost in Pittsburgh on Monday, have dropped five of six.
The Panthers put pressure on early as Fleischmann scored on their third shot 3 1/2 minutes into the first period on a breakaway, racing in from the left side after taking a pass from Aleksander Barkov off a turnover and firing it past James Reimer. It was Fleischmann's fifth goal and first in six games.
Barkov provided the impetus for the next goal early in the second period with a shot from the left circle that Reimer stopped. Bergenheim was camped on the doorstep to chip in the rebound. As in Montreal on Sunday, the home crowd booed as their team fell behind 2-0.
Bergenheim kept buzzing the Leafs' goal and helped Boyes make it 3-0 late in the period. Boyes poked the puck away from Dion Phaneuf and skated in from the left on Reimer, who stopped the intitial shot and Bergenheim's rebound. It ended up on Boyes' stick again, and he flipped it in for his first goal since Nov. 19.
The Maple Leafs found life when Mason Raymond redirected Peter Holland's shot from the top of the left circle into the net at 3:43 of the third period, but Clemmensen made some big stops the rest of the way to seal it.
"We're looking for consistency in our game. We're starting to get that, and the guys are starting to believe that if they play the way we need to play we can have success," Horachek said.
Defenseman Eric Gudbranson was back in the lineup despite receiving "a lot" of stitches for a cut on a leg from a skate that forced him to miss the final two periods in Montreal.
Center Jonathan Huberdeau participated in the morning skate but missed his second consecutive game with a sore foot. In addition, forward Jesse Winchester was back in Florida getting a hand examined after blocking a shot with it Sunday.
DINEEN TO COACH IN OLYMPICS
Former Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is back behind the bench as coach of Canada's 2014 women's Olympic hockey team.
"That's fantastic," said Gudbranson, who has played on Canada's Junior National team and was a rookie during Dineen's first season with the Panthers in 2011-12. "It's too bad it didn't work out here for him. ... I'm extremely happy that he got named to that team. I think he's going to fit that program very well."
Dineen coached both his daughters' hockey teams during his stint coaching in the American Hockey League with Portland.
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