NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, April 8th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (36-32-8) at Philadelphia Flyers (42-23-11), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to build on Friday's big win
tonight when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Wachovia Center.
Philly notched a 4-2 victory over Buffalo last night, drawing within five
points of the fourth-place Sabres in the East with six games to play (Buffalo
has five). The Flyers also got themselves within three points of the first-
place NY Rangers in the Atlantic Division race.
On Friday, Simon Gagne scored a goal and added two assists to lift the Flyers.
Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which officially
clinched a playoff spot. Robert Esche made 20 saves between the pipes.
Philadelphia was without centers Peter Forsberg and Petr Nedved, who both
missed the game with groin injuries.
The Flyers will host Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Toronto, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three tilts on the heels of a
three-game skid. On Thursday the Leafs dropped a 3-2 shootout match in Boston,
as Tim Thomas made 31 saves and stopped all three shots he faced in the
shootout to lift the Bruins.
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mats Sundin each scored for the Maple Leafs, who had
won four of their previous five games. Nik Antropov had two assists and Jean-
Sebastien-Aubin stopped 25 of 27 shots.
With 80 points, the Maple Leafs are seven behind eighth-place Tampa Bay in the
East playoff race.
Toronto will host Florida on Tuesday.
The Leafs are 2-1 against the Flyers this season.
04/08 11:17:13 ET