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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 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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