NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, October 11th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (1-1-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs try once again for their first victory of the young season tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Air Canada Centre.
Toronto had another crack at rival Ottawa on Monday evening, but fell 6-5 in a shootout. The teams played on opening night and the Sens won, 3-2, in a shootout, then the Leafs dropped a 5-4 contest to Montreal on Saturday.
On Monday, Dany Heatley scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Senators to the victory. Bryan McCabe scored a goal and chipped in two assists while Tomas Kaberle had three assists for the Maple Leafs.
Ed Belfour finished with 31 saves for Toronto.
The Leafs did valiantly rally to erase a 4-2 deficit, scoring three third- period goals to actually take the lead. However, the Senators knotted things on a Jason Spezza tally midway through the final frame.
Former Flyer Eric Lindros did not factor into the scoring Monday, after posting a combined goal and two assists in the first two games. Lindros, of course, began his NHL career with Philadelphia, before his soap opera-like saga culminated with a trade to the New York Rangers in 2001. This summer Lindros signed with Toronto as a free agent.
The Maple Leafs, who remain without captain Mats Sundin (fractured orbital bone), will visit Atlanta on Friday.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, hopes to build on its first win of the season, Friday's 5-2 contest against New Jersey. Simon Gagne scored two goals and Michal Handzus posted a goal and an assist to lead the effort.
Jon Sim and Turner Stevenson also scored for the Flyers, who rallied after falling behind 2-0 in the first period. Rookie Antero Niittymaki started in net and stopped 26-of-28 shots.
The Flyers rebounded nicely after last Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the visiting Rangers.
Gagne so far has benefited from having Peter Forsberg as a linemate. He has three goals on the young season, while Forsberg has posted four assists in his first two games with the team.
Philly will host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers went 3-1 against the Maple Leafs in 2003-04, and knocked them out in the second round of the playoffs as well.
10/11 10:31:36 ET