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Tuesday, 10.11.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Peter Forsberg's presence is having an immediate impact on Simon Gagne. That can only mean good things for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Gagne and Forsberg look to continue their high-scoring partnership for the Flyers as they visit the winless Toronto Maple Leafs.

The additions of former NHL MVP Forsberg, defensemen Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje, and rookies Mike Richards and Jeff Carter made Philadelphia an early favorite to win its first championship in 30 years.

Forsberg, Philadelphia's biggest offseason acquisition, has four assists in two games with three coming on goals by Gagne.

"He sees me pretty well on the ice. He's amazing," Gagne said. "He finds me everywhere. He's fun to play with."

Gagne scored twice and Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal, leading the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over visiting New Jersey on Friday.

Michal Handzus and Turner Stevenson also had goals for Philadelphia, which plays four of its first five games this season at home.

Toronto, still searching for its first win, has struggled defensively in three games, allowing 14 goals.

Dany Heatley scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Ottawa a 6-5 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday.

Tie Domi, Clark Wilm and Nik Antropov all scored in a 1:55 span in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit and give the Maple Leafs a one-goal lead with just over 12 minutes to play in the third period. Ottawa, however, got the equalizer less than two minutes later.

"I was proud of how our guys bounced back," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "It would be easy to accept what was going on. We were up earlier in the game as well and gave it up. We'll just have to find a way to play better."

Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker added power-play goals for Toronto. Tomas Kaberle had three assists for the Leafs, giving him a team-high five points.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 9): Flyers - 8 points, 2nd place (tied), 2 PB, Atlantic Division. Maple Leafs - 6 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Gagne, 3 goals; Forsberg, 4 assists and 4 points; Sim, 6 PIM. Maple Leafs - Domi, Bryan McCabe, and Antropov, 1 goals; Kaberle, 5 assists and 5 points; Aki Berg, Bryan McCabe, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Darcy Tucker, 4 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 9): Flyers - Power play: 6.7 percent (1 for 15), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 69.2 percent (9 for 13), 28th. Maple Leafs - Power play: 11.8 percent (2 for 17), 22nd (tied). Penalty killing: 77.8 percent (7 for 9), 19th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.08 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (1-0-0, 2.00). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (0-1-1, 3.39); Mikael Tellqvist (0-0-0, 0.00).

2003-2004 SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 3-1-0-0.

LAST MEETING: March 18, 2004. At Philadelphia, Former Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Leetch scored two goals, including the game winner in the third period, and added an assist to lift Toronto.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 0-0-0-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 0-1-0-1 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 49 17 40 11 57
C. Giroux 48 16 36 6 52
M. Streit 49 7 28 -2 35
W. Simmonds 49 17 12 -5 29
B. Schenn 49 10 19 -3 29
S. Couturier 49 10 12 -1 22
M. Read 49 3 15 -9 18
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
M. Del Zotto 37 4 11 -7 15
V. Lecavalier 35 7 7 -10 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 9 12 6 .921 2.41
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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