NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Toronto
(Tuesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Philadelphia 2 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe's power-play tally 2:18 into overtime lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, at the Air Canada Centre.
With Jeff Carter off for hooking, Toronto went to work by moving the puck through the offensive zone. Mats Sundin got set up under the left circle and sent a pass back up to Tomas Kaberle, who knocked it cross ice to McCabe. The crafty defenseman one-timed a slapshot that beat Philadelphia netminder Martin Biron high on the glove side for the game-winner.
Ian White and Hal Gill also scored and Andrew Raycroft made 23 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have won two of three but still sit in the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference with 89 points, one point behind Montreal for the final playoff berth. The Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins, 2-0, on Tuesday night.
Ryan Potulny and Mike York tallied for the lowly Flyers, who have dropped three straight and nine of their last 11 and will finish with the lowest point total in the NHL this season. The team needs to win its final three games to avoid finishing with the lowest total in franchise history (58 points in 1969-70).
Biron finished with 30 saves for Philadelphia.
After a scoreless first period, the Flyers grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the second. After Leafs' center Boyd Devereaux fell down in the neutral zone, Potulny nabbed the puck and charged the crease as Raycroft went down in the butterfly position. The puck rode up over his shoulder and into the top right corner of the net at 1:25.
Toronto evened things when Bates Battaglia worked the puck behind the net and sent a pass to White just inside the blue line. The defenseman took a stride and ripped a long slapshot through traffic that beat Biron at 9:53 to make it 1-1.
Another point shot put the Leafs in front 2-1, as Gill's slapper rifled past Chad Kilger, who was camped in front of the crease and set up a perfect screen on Biron with 5:20 left in the second.
"They (the Flyers) had nothing to lose," said Gill. "They came pretty hard and played it simple. We knew we had to come back hard in the second period and just chip away."
The Flyers battled down the stretch and finally made it 2-2 when York took a drop pass from Joni Pitkanen in the slot and wristed a shot high over the left shoulder of Raycroft with just 4:14 remaining in the contest.
Kilger had a chance for a breakaway with 1:29 to play, but lost the edge on his skate and was tripped up wide of the net.
"We played hard tonight," said McCabe. "The second goal was my fault. It bounced through my glove. Fortunately, we fought back. Razor (Raycroft) has been great all year. He kept us in the game tonight."
The Maple Leafs close the season with games against the New York Islanders and Canadiens...Toronto has won eight straight at the Air Canada Centre. It is the longest home winning streak since an eight-game run in 2002-03...The Flyers have dropped seven straight on the road, getting outscored 25-10 in those contests...The Maple Leafs won the season series 4-0...McCabe had one goal and seven assists in the four contests against the Flyers this season.
04/03 23:16:44 ET