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Saturday, 04.08.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Having clinched a playoff spot in an arena where they usually struggle, the Philadelphia Flyers look to maintain their momentum when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers have clinched their 11th straight playoff berth after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Friday. The victory was their first in Buffalo since April 8, 2001 and the first in four games this season against the Sabres.

"From a confidence standpoint, this helps us," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We know we can come in and play well in this building."

Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia, giving him sixth points in the last four games. The Flyers needed the effort without Peter Forsberg and Petr Nedved, who both sat out with groin injuries.

The win was a big confidence boost for the Flyers, who could face the Sabres in the playoffs.

"This has been a difficult building for us," said goaltender Robert Esche, who made 20 saves. "This was a step in the right direction, especially if they are our first-round (opponent)."

Philadelphia is three points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers and within five points of the fourth-place Sabres in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

After losing their seventh shootout game of the season 3-2 to Boston on Thursday, the Leafs find themselves seven points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot with six games to go.

Two of the shootout losses came within the last week.

"We can't seem to find a way to win in those situations," said coach Pat Quinn. "Those are two big points. They both went to shootouts and obviously we haven't done well there."

Toronto was down 2-1 late in the third period before Mats Sundin scored with 13 seconds left in regulation to salvage the point for the team.

"We kind of stole a point," goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin said. "I'd love to win a game in the shootout, but we need to build positives."

The Leafs have not missed the playoffs since the 1997-98 season.

STANDINGS: Maple Leafs - 80 points, 4th place, 28 PB, Northeast Division. Flyers - 95 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Maple Leafs - Darcy Tucker, 26 goals; Tomas Kaberle, 51 assists; Sundin and Bryan McCabe, 64 points; Bryan McCabe, 112 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 44 goals; Forsberg, 55 assists and 74 points; Donald Brashear, 136 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Maple Leafs - Power play: 20.0 percent (92 for 460), 4th in NHL. Penalty killing: 79.7 percent (369 for 463), 24th. Flyers - Power play: 18.1 percent (76 for 420), 13th (tied). Penalty killing: 79.4 percent (343 for 431), 25th.

GOALTENDERS: Maple Leafs - Aubin (4-0-2, 1 SO, 1.79 GAA); Mikael Tellqvist (10-10-2, 2, 3.00). Flyers - Esche (20-9-5, 1, 2.93); Antero Niittymaki (22-14-6, 2, 2.98).

SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 28; Maple Leafs, 3-2. At Philadelphia, Aubin made 28 saves in his second start of the season and Alexei Ponikarovsky and Alex Steen scored in the third period to give the Leafs the win.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Maple Leafs - 13-20-5 on the road; Flyers - 20-12-6 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 48 17 39 10 56
C. Giroux 47 16 35 6 51
M. Streit 48 7 27 -2 34
B. Schenn 48 10 19 -4 29
W. Simmonds 48 16 12 -5 28
S. Couturier 48 10 11 0 21
M. Read 48 3 15 -8 18
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 34 7 7 -9 14
M. Del Zotto 36 3 11 -6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 8 12 6 .920 2.46
R. Emery 8 9 1 .890 3.27
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