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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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