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Toronto Stages 4-3 Comeback OT Win Over Flyers

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Kevin Kurz - philadelphiaflyers.com

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Toronto Stages 4-3 Comeback OT Win Over Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

(Toronto, Ontario) – The Toronto Maple Leafs erased a three-goal third period deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre, 4-3.

Pavel Kubina’s shot with 56 seconds left in the game deflected into the net to give the Maple Leafs the improbable win.

In fact, the Flyers were fortunate to get a point out of the game at all when Toronto was awarded a power play with 1:55 left in regulation and pulled its goaltender, looking to close the gap in the standings between the two clubs. With time winding down, the Maple Leafs’ Alexei Ponikarovsky found himself alone in front of the net with Biron on his knees. The goaltender managed to get just enough of the attempt by Ponikarovsky to force the extra session.

Toronto, in its desperate attempt to get back into the playoff hunt, now trails the Flyers by seven points in the standings.

“We killed a big penalty at the end of the game that could have cost us a point in the standings,” said Biron, who finished with 51 saves. “At least we got one.”

“Marty was great. We got a point tonight and it’s a big point, and Marty deserves credit for that point,” said John Stevens of the goaltender.

Danny Briere’s goal at 1:12 of the third period gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead, while Biron was stellar in keeping the Maple Leafs off of the scoreboard. The momentum shifted, however, beginning with Mats Sundin’s power play goal at 4:48 which brought Toronto to within two.

Kubina’s point shot bounced off of Patrick Thoresen and inside the post at 13:16, and Jeremy Williams converted a turnover by Randy Jones in the Flyers’ defensive zone a little over three minutes later to tie the score.

“The second goal goes off of our guy, picking up the centerman, and probably would have missed the net by five feet,” said Biron of Kubina’s first goal.

Despite the disappointing ending to the game for Philadelphia, the Flyers managed to increase their lead over the idle Buffalo Sabres. Eighth place Philadelphia has 79 points while the ninth place Sabres have 75. Both teams have 12 games remaining.

Stevens would like to see a better effort from his club when the teams meet again on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet).

“We have to show up and play. We have to have the courage to play,” said the head coach, clearly unhappy after the game. “If somebody wants to take you on one-on-one, you say ‘bring it on.’”

“We let them play the game that they wanted,” said Scottie Upshall, who scored the first goal of the night. “We weren’t good in our own zone, and our goalie really saved that game. We have to be better as a team, especially this time of year.”

Toronto outshot the Flyers 13-4 in the first period, but it was Philadelphia that would end up ahead after 20 minutes.

The Flyers didn’t get a shot on goal until 12 minutes into the contest, but took the lead on Upshall’s goal at 13:26. Upshall left the puck for Vaclav Prospal just inside the blue line, raced past defenseman Anton Stralman and put in the return feed for his 12th goal of the season.

Prospal and R.J. Umberger each finished with two assists.

Biron was clearly the best player on the ice in the second period, preserving the lead until the Flyers increased it to 2-0 late in the frame.

Biron got his left pad on a partial breakaway by Kris Newbury, and minutes later stopped Jason Blake’s rebound attempt on a Toronto power play for two of his better saves on the night. In all, Biron stopped all 17 Maple Leafs shots during the period.

Braydon Coburn’s blast with less than a minute left on the power play gave Philadelphia its two-goal cushion after two periods. The second-year defenseman, who assisted on Upshall’s goal, has five points in his last two games (1g, 4a).

Steve Downie returned to the lineup, while Jaroslav Modry was a healthy scratch. … Jeff Carter’s five-game point streak and Kimmo Timonen’s six-game streak both ended. … Sundin is Toronto’s all-time leading goal-scorer against the Flyers with 15. … The Flyers have lost just once in regulation in their last nine games (5-1-3). … Philadelphia is 25-6-6 when scoring the first goal of the game. … The Flyers are 14-2-2 when leading after the first period, and 25-1-2 when leading after two. … Philadelphia is 19-13-3 on the road. … The Flyers are now 5-6-4 in first of back-to-back games, and 6-6-2 in the second game.
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scoring summary
1st Period
Scottie Upshall (12) ASST: Vinny Prospal (30), Braydon Coburn (26)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
PPG - Braydon Coburn (8) ASST: Randy Jones (24), R.J. Umberger (35)
2 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
Daniel Briere (25) ASST: Vinny Prospal (31), R.J. Umberger (36)
3 - 0 PHI
PPG - Mats Sundin (32) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (40)
3 - 1 PHI
Pavel Kubina (7) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (41), Mats Sundin (45)
3 - 2 PHI
Jeremy Williams (2) ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Pavel Kubina (8) ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (3), Darcy Tucker (12)
4 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Derian Hatcher  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
Ian White  Interference against  Vinny Prospal
Daniel Briere  Holding against  Darcy Tucker
Sami Kapanen  Hooking against  Pavel Kubina
Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Sami Kapanen
Alexander Steen  Holding against  Mike Knuble
2nd Period
R.J. Umberger  Boarding against  Carlo Colaiacovo
Darcy Tucker  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Biron
Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  Ian White
Bryan McCabe  Boarding against  R.J. Umberger
Randy Jones  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
Mats Sundin  Slashing against  Kimmo Timonen
3rd Period
Scottie Upshall  Holding the stick against  Jason Blake
Braydon Coburn  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
OT Period
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 55TOI: 64:04
Saves: 51EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .927SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 25TOI: 62:52
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1
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