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Saturday, 10.22.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Defensemen Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle look to continue their success on the power play as the Toronto Maple Leafs search for a fifth consecutive win when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

McCabe leads the team with nine assists and 11 points, while Kaberle has contributed seven assists. The duo has played well on the power play, combining for two goals and 14 assists as Toronto has taken full advantage of the league's crackdown on obstruction.

The Leafs enter this game with 11 power-play goals during their current winning streak.

"Our guys have been pretty hot with those shots," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "Most teams are dropping off the points to cover down low so we''re getting - and other teams are getting - better point opportunities to score goals."

Ken Klee, another defenseman, scored a power-play goal with 15.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Leafs a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

"We''re on the ladies'' tee there," said Klee, who has gotten two of his three points on the power play. "We were just looking to pound it."

The Flyers have won back-to-back games but have been idle since a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders last Saturday. Michal Handzus scored a pair of first-period goals for Philadelphia, which had 46 shots on goal and dominated the entire game.

Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock has opted to use all three of his regular lines on the power play because of the multiple chances created by the league's new rules.

"When you have as many penalties as what's going on right now, it is really hard to keep a rhythm on power play," he said. "It's hard to keep energy and that's why we use three units. If we''re going to get seven or eight or nine power plays, it's hard to keep that energy. Players get tired."

Flyers center Simon Gagne has scored a goal in a career-high five straight games.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 20): Flyers - 6 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Atlantic Division. Maple Leafs - 10 points, 1st place (tied), Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Gagne, 7 goals; Peter Forsberg, 10 assists; Gagne and Forsberg, 10 points; Donald Brashear, 11 PIM. Maple Leafs - Eric Lindros, 6 goals; McCabe, 9 assists and 11 points; Jason Allison, 21 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 20): Flyers - Power play: 12.8 percent (5 for 39), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.4 percent (26 for 34), 26th. Maple Leafs - Power play: 28.5 percent (16 for 56), 2nd. Penalty killing: 82.5 percent (33 for 40), 15th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (1-2-0, 3.38 GAA); Antero Nittymaki (2-0-0, 3.42). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (3-1-2, 3.05); Mikael Tellqvist (1-0-0, 2.00).

SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 11; Maple Leafs, 4-2. At Toronto, Tellqvist stopped 31 shots and Jeff O''Neill snapped a 2-2 tie with 12:26 to play. Gagne had a goal and an assist for the Flyers.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 0-1-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 2-1-1 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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