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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 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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