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Saturday, 10.22.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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