NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Philadelphia
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Toronto 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Michael Leighton made 27 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers take a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wachovia Center.
Danny Briere, Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter each had a goal for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide. Chris Pronger added two assists in the win.
"The game wasn't pretty," said Pronger. "I don't know if it was a byproduct of the style that Toronto plays or a product of how we play. A little too up and down for my likings. We rebounded in the second period, it wasn't looking very pretty the first 15 minutes, then we kind of got our legs underneat us and got going."
Nikolai Kulemin scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped five of their last six. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 stops in the loss.
Toronto took four penalties over a 4:34 span in the first period, with Colton Orr taking three of the minors.
Philly had extended power-play time thanks to the infractions and were able to put the puck into the net. On a 5-on-3, Pronger used the slap-pass from the high slot to send it to the low left circle where Carter slammed it into the wide open net for his 30th goal of the season at the 13:22 mark.
"We were doing a good job of killing off those penalties," said Toronto Ron Wilson. "Then we gave them an extended 5-on-3 and there are only so many of those that you can kill."
The Maple Leafs tied the game 3:55 into the second, as Carl Gunnarsson threw a shot on net from the left point that was knocked down in front, and Kulemin backhanded the puck in from the right side.
The Flyers, though, scored twice in a 1:16 span late in the second to take the lead back for good.
The first goal came after a right circle faceoff win as the puck came around to the left side. Daniel Carcillo slid the puck over to the left circle where Gagne kicked it from his skate to his stick and snapped the puck into the net at the 17:09 mark.
A bit later, Briere made it a 3-1 game as he wristed home the puck in the slot off a pass from Braydon Coburn.
Leighton made 10 stops and helped Philadelphia kill a couple of power plays in the third period to hang on for the win.
Philly returns home to face the Islanders on Tuesday...Toronto hosts Boston on Tuesday...The Flyers have taken two of three against the Leafs this season...Philly went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Toronto was 0-for-4.
03/07 22:43:12 ET