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Flyers Win Third Straight; Defeat Toronto 5-2

Saturday, 10.22.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Flyers Win Third Straight; Defeat Toronto 5-2


Toronto, Ontario – Eric Desjardins, Mike Knuble and Donald Brashear all registered a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, 5-2. It was the Flyers' third straight victory, and they ended a four-game winning streak by the Maple Leafs.

Philadelphia took its first lead of the game at the end of the second period while down two men.

With Brashear and Derian Hatcher in the penalty box giving Toronto 58 seconds with a two-man advantage, Philadelphia would have been happy to go to the locker room with the game tied. Michal Handzus stole the puck from Toronto's Jeff O'Neill, however, and tipped the puck ahead to Mike Richards. On a two-on-one rush with Handzus, Richards' wrist shot beat Ed Belfour to the top corner, short side at 17:21 for his second goal of the season.

It was the Flyers' first goal while down two men since Terry Carkner on Dec. 5, 1991 in a 6-3 loss to Washington.


"The puck was rolling a little bit and I just shot it," said Richards. "I was hoping it wouldn't go wrap-around the other way."

"It was a big goal because we didn't score on the power play," said Ken Hitchcock. "It took a lot of pressure off of us going into the third period."

Robert Esche made sure that lead stood up through the second, getting his pad on a wrist shot from the slot by Eric Lindros moments later with Toronto still on the power play.

After a goal by Lindros at 1:27 of the third period tied the game at 2-2, the Flyers responded with three unanswered goals.

First, Simon Gagne got his own rebound and fired the puck towards the net. It deflected off of the torso of Knuble, who was standing in front of the net at 3:46.

Another deflection resulted in a goal on a slap shot by Desjardins off of Brashear, who was setting a screen in the slot at 6:07 to give the Flyers a two-goal cushion, before Branko Radivojevic's first goal of the season at 15:33 put the game away.

"We stayed with it a lot better than we have," said Keith Primeau of the team's third period effort. "The last time we were in this building (Oct. 11) we were on our heels and we let them come at us, but tonight it was much better."

The Flyers finished 1-for-8 with the man advantage, and killed off three of four Toronto power plays. Esche finished the night with 22 saves, while Belfour took the loss with 27 stops.

Toronto opened the scoring on the power play at 10:46. Tomas Kaberle's slap shot from the top of the zone beat Esche on just the Maple Leafs' second shot of the game.

Philadelphia responded on a power play of its own later in the frame. Peter Forsberg increased his assist streak to six games, when he controlled the puck in the face off circle and laid the puck for Desjardins to blast into the net on a one-timer at 13:38.

Forsberg entered the game second in the league in assists, and now has 12 points on the season, all helpers.

"As long as my teammates are scoring and we're winning games, it's ok," said Forsberg on having not yet scored a goal this season. "I'm not going to try to force it, I'm just going to keep working hard."

The Flyers will stay in Canada through Tuesday when they face the Montreal Canadiens, before returning home on Thursday, Oct. 27 for a game with the Florida Panthers at the Wachovia Center.

FLYERS NOTES
Dennis Seidenberg was a healthy scratch, while Chris Therien returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with back spasms. … Brashear played in his 200th game as a Flyer. … Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn coached in his 500th game with the club. … Gagne's five-game goal-scoring streak came to an end.

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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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