NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, January 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Toronto 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Danny Briere scored a pair of goals and Chris Pronger notched three assists as Philadelphia clipped Toronto, 6-2, at Wachovia Center.
Danny Syvret, Dan Carcillo and Mike Richards also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who won for the fifth time in seven games.
Michael Leighton stopped 30-of-32 shots for Philadelphia, which faces a stiffer test on Thursday against Pittsburgh.
"It's something that we've touched on a number of times, is being disciplined," Pronger said of his club, which scored three times on the advantage. "On the ice, playing from whistle to whistle, letting the other team go to the box, and when our power play is clicking, it makes the other teams pay. That's what you really want."
Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped three of four. Jonas Gustavsson was tagged for all six goals on 32 shots in defeat.
Armed with a power play to start the third period, Philly extended its advantage to 4-0 on Richards' tally from the slot at 1:22, but Kulemin wristed a shot home at 4:14 making it a 4-1 contest.
However, Briere broke in down the right wing and launched a shot past Gustavsson for a 5-1 edge at 4:54 -- a goal which proved to be his 500th NHL point.
Ponikarovsky responded only 11 seconds with a redirect of Tomas Kaberle's shot from the point, but James van Riemsdyk's man-advantage redirection of a Pronger shot put the Flyers up 6-2 at 7:08 and wrapped up the game.
Briere put the Flyers on the board just 4:11 into the contest, as he lifted a rebound past Gustavsson from the right post with Ponikarovsky off for high- sticking.
Syvret then posted his second goal of the season with 50.5 seconds left in the period, blasting home a shot from the high slot.
Carcillo made it 3-0 just past the midway point of regulation, snaking from the left circle to the slot then past the right post before sliding a backhander into the net.
"You start shaking it up to get people focused and concentrated. I've got to go with other guys," said Leafs coach Ron Wilson of his team's disappointing effort. "We didn't battle for pucks in our end. We were last in every confrontation. We didn't challenge at all, and if challenged, just turned it over."
Briere reached the 500-point plateau in 626 career contests...The Flyers have beaten the Leafs in four of the last five meetings in Philadelphia...Van Riemsdyk snapped a 10-game scoring drought, with his last goal coming on December 14 in Boston...Matt Stajan assisted on both Leaf tallies.
01/06 23:53:00 ET