NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Toronto
(Saturday, January 5th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Richards scored the game-winner with just 2:51 to play, as the Philadelphia Flyers escaped with a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
On the power play after Ian White was called for interference, Mike Knuble attempted a sweeping shot from the left side of the net that Andrew Raycroft stopped, but Richards was sitting at the right side and slammed home the rebound.
With 1:55 to play, Pavel Kubina was called for high sticking to effectively kill any chance of Toronto making a comeback.
Antero Niittymaki stopped 54 shots and Steve Downie and Jeff Carter each scored a goal for the Flyers, who have won four of their last five games.
"I'd rather have faced 30 shots, but we won so that is all that counts," said Niittymaki.
The 56 shots allowed on goal set a franchise record for Philadelphia.
Mats Sundin scored both goals while Raycroft stopped 29 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped five of their last six games.
"It was tough," said Sundin. "We felt they were fatigued since they played last night. We kept pushing and came back, but in the end it wasn't enough. We didn't capitalize on our power play."
Trailing, 2-0, heading into the third period, Toronto tied the game thanks to Sundin.
He got the team on the board just 4:09 into the final frame as his slap shot from the left circle on the fly beat Niittymaki past the glove and into the left corner.
With 8:12 to play, Jason Blake blasted a shot on net that Niittymaki was able to stop, but the rebound went right to Sundin, who banged it home for his 20th goal of the season.
Philadelphia opened the scoring halfway through the first period. Jim Dowd won a right circle faceoff draw and got the puck back to the point where Jim Vandermeer blasted a one-timer. Raycroft made the save on the shot, but Downie was on the doorstep and roofed the rebound for his first career goal.
The Flyers grabbed a 2-0 lead with just 3:32 left in the opening frame. White was unable to find the puck at the right point and R.J. Umberger tipped it past him. Umberger raced down the left wing on a 2-on-1 and snapped a low shot on net that Raycroft saved, but Carter was right there to put home the rebound for his 14th goal of the season.
Niittymaki was busy in the first period as he had to make 16 saves to keep Toronto off the board.
The Maple Leafs dominated the second period and double up the Flyers in shots, 20-10, but Niittymaki was solid between the pipes and turned aside all the pucks that were thrown his way.
The Flyers play at Atlanta on Tuesday...Toronto begins a three-game West Coast trip in Anaheim on Wednesday...The previous high in shots allowed for Philadelphia was 55 on January 3, 1977 against Montreal...Philadelphia went 1- for-4 on the power play while Toronto finished 1-for-6...Three players were injured in the game as Philadelphia forwards Sami Kapanen and Joffrey Lupul left, while Toronto lost defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Kapanen left in the second period after sustaining a deep facial laceration after being hit with the puck. Lupul left in the first period with a head injury after being hit by teammate Derian Hatcher, who was finishing a check on a Maple Leaf. Colaiacovo left in the first period with a knee injury...Sundin has 17 straight 20-goal seasons.
01/05 22:35:36 ET