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Philadelphia Flyers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Philadelphia Flyers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL
Philadelphia Flyers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) - Peter Forsberg hasn't scored yet for the Philadelphia Flyers this season, but it hasn't mattered.

Donald Brashear had a goal and an assist in the third period and the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Forsberg had no goals in six games, but he leads the team with 12 assists.

``I want to get a goal here soon. It's kind of frustrating not getting one, but as long as my teammates are scoring and we're winning games it's OK,'' said Forsberg, whose team improved to 4-2. ``But down the road I have to start scoring too.''

Forsberg, a perennial All-Star and the league's most valuable player in 2003, left the Colorado Avalanche during the offseason to sign a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Flyers.

He remembered one year when he didn't score until his ninth game.

But his line with the Flyers has 29 points. He had two assists against Toronto.

``As a line we played pretty well tonight. I'm playing with two great players,'' said Forsberg, who centers Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.

Knuble, Mike Richards, Eric Desjardins, and Branko Radivojevic also scored for the Flyers, who played their first game since last Saturday. They spent part of the week taking part in team-building activities at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Tomas Kaberle and Eric Lindros had goals for the Maple Leafs, who had their four-game win streak snapped. Lindros has seven goals in eight games with his hometown team.

He spent his first nine NHL seasons with Philadelphia and was the league MVP in 1995. A bitter dispute with general manager Bob Clarke led to Lindros being traded to the New York Rangers in the summer of 2001. Lindros signed with the Maple Leafs after the lockout ended.

After Lindros tied it at 2 at 1:27 of the third, the Flyers scored three straight goals to put the game away.

``They got better in the third, we didn't,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.

Gagne put a rebound off Knuble and in at 3:46. Brashear tipped Desjardins' shot from the point at 6:07 of the third, and he assisted on Radivojevic's goal at 15:33.

``When we tried to play catch up we turned the puck over badly,'' Quinn said.

Kaberle's one-timer on the power play gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 10:46 of the first, but Desjardins tied it on the power play with a one-timer on a power play at 13:38 of the second.

After Toronto' Jeff O'Neill turned the puck over in Philadelphia's end in the second, Richards skated up the ice and put a weak wrist shot off the cross bar and past goalie Ed Belfour with 2:39 left in the period.

Lindros tied it at 2 at 1:27 of the third by putting a one-timer past goalie Robert Esche. McCabe recorded his 11th assist on the play. He is among league leaders with 13 points.

Notes: Quinn coached his 500th game with the Maple Leafs, joining Punch Imlach and Hap Day as the only coaches to do it. ... McCabe leads the team in points and assists ... Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien returned after missing three games due to back spasms. ... Gagne scored in his previous five games.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:46
TOR
PPG - Tomas Kaberle (1) ASST: Jason Allison (7), Bryan McCabe (10)
1 - 0 TOR
13:38
PHI
PPG - Eric Desjardins (1) ASST: Peter Forsberg (11), Mike Knuble (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
17:21
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (2) ASST: Michal Handzus (2)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
01:27
TOR
Eric Lindros (7) ASST: Bryan McCabe (11), Chad Kilger (3)
2 - 2 Tie
03:46
PHI
Mike Knuble (3) ASST: Simon Gagne (4), Peter Forsberg (12)
3 - 2 PHI
06:07
PHI
Donald Brashear (1) ASST: Eric Desjardins (6), Keith Primeau (3)
4 - 2 PHI
15:33
PHI
Branko Radivojevic (1) ASST: Donald Brashear (1), Keith Primeau (4)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
09:34
PHI
Mike Richards  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Kaberle
12:10
TOR
Aki Berg  Interference against  Jon Sim
14:39
TOR
Wade Belak  Tripping against  Brian Savage
17:32
TOR
Eric Lindros  Interference against  Mike Richards
18:53
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Cross checking against  Jon Sim
2nd Period
00:55
PHI
Mike Knuble  Interference against  Bryan McCabe
03:49
TOR
Aki Berg  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:35
TOR
Wade Belak  Holding against  Jon Sim
09:35
TOR
Wade Belak  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jon Sim
15:32
PHI
Donald Brashear  Hooking against  Clarke Wilm
16:34
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
3rd Period
19:27
TOR
Clarke Wilm  Hooking against  Peter Forsberg
goalie stats
Robert Esche
SA: 24TOI: 59:53
Saves: 22EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .917SH: 5 - 5
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .844SH: 0 - 1
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