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Flyers-Maple Leafs Preview

Tuesday, 10.11.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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