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Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - All the Toronto Maple Leafs needed to get their season going was a way to win those one-goal games.

Darryl Boyce scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to rally the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Boyce's goal with 4:30 left gave the Maple Leafs a win in their ninth straight one-goal game (6-0-3). Toronto continued its late push into the Eastern Conference playoff race and has a seventh or eighth seed in sight.

Toronto has a knack for pulling out the close ones - and it hopes to keep the streak going all the way into the playoffs.

"All these games are desperate right now and were looking for points everywhere we can," Boyce said.

Nikolai Kulemin and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Maple Leafs, who trailed 2-1 late in the second period.

Kris Versteeg scored twice for the Flyers against his former team. Toronto traded him to Philadelphia last month.

The Flyers lost consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 20 and 28th.

The Maple Leafs continue to shine in the tight games a night after a 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh. They've earned a point in 14 of 16 games since the All-Star break to jump into playoff contention.

They've done it without Versteeg - who nearly cost them a needed victory.

He scored goals in the first and second periods to put the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers ahead late in the second, which has almost been an automatic win for them this season. The Flyers are 28-5-3 when they score first.

Phaneuf tapped in a rebound with 10.5 seconds left in the second period that tied the game at 2-all and sucked the momentum away from the Flyers.

The Maple Leafs caught a huge break midway through the third when James van Riemsdyk's slapper popped out of James Reimer's mitt and almost into the net when it was cleared out before it cost them the go-ahead goal.

Reimer had 28 saves.

"He's just keeping us in every game and we are trying to reward him the best we can," Boyce said.

Boyce capitalized when Toronto won the battle for the puck behind the net and extended his stick to the far side and tucked it past Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 30 shots, for the winner and his fourth goal of the season.

"I just tried to take it hard to the net and it just worked out," Boyce said.

Philadelphia's Jeff Carter, Darroll Powe and Dan Carcillo all skipped the game with flu-like symptoms.

Versteeg quickly punished his former team on a one-timer early in the first period for a 1-0 lead.

His celebration was short lived - Toronto needed only 21 seconds to tie the score. Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell tried to clear the puck, but it was intercepted by Clarke MacArthur. His slapper was tipped in by Kulemin for his 24th goal of the season.

Versteeg's second goal of the game came when he buried a perfect pass across the crease from Mike Richards to make it 2-1.

Versteeg was acquired on Feb. 14 for first-round and third-round draft picks in the 2011 draft. The Flyers expected more than the one empty-net goal he scored since the trade, but he busted out of his points slump against his former team.

Versteeg is more used to a big celebration in Philadelphia - he was on the Chicago Blackhawks last season when they won the Stanley Cup in Philly. He was dealt to Toronto in the offseason as part of a salary dump so Chicago could get under the salary cap.

Versteeg has a more permanent reminder than a championship ring from the Stanley Cup celebration. He has "6-9-10" (the date of the Game 6 victory) tattooed on his left arm.

His goals were small consolation against streaking Toronto.

"I think it's a little surprising to see them play this well down the stretch here. Here's a team that really not much was expected from them," he said. "They've really showed the league that they're not going anywhere, and that they're forcing other teams to respect them."

Boyce scored his first goal in 13 games to end Versteeg and the Flyers' fun.

We know that they're in a fight for their lives right now, and they played with a certain sense of desperation," Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. "We needed to match that, at times, and we didn't."

Notes: Flyers C Ben Holmstrom made his NHL debut. ... Versteeg had 14 goals and 35 points for Toronto. ... Versteeg recorded his second two-goal game of the season. He did it for Toronto vs. Nashville on Nov. 16. ... Toronto went 0 for 7 on the power play and the Flyers were 0 for 3.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:49
PHI
Kris Versteeg (16) ASST: Mike Richards (34), Chris Pronger (21)
1 - 0 PHI
06:10
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin (24) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (31)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:07
PHI
Kris Versteeg (17) ASST: Mike Richards (35), Matthew Carle (27)
2 - 1 PHI
19:49
TOR
Dion Phaneuf (4) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (23), Mikhail Grabovski (24)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
15:30
TOR
Darryl Boyce (4) ASST: Colby Armstrong (14), Dion Phaneuf (16)
3 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:23
PHI
Ville Leino  Tripping against  Luke Schenn
07:04
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Tripping against  Claude Giroux
10:39
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Slashing against  Fredrik Sjostrom
13:47
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Cross checking against  Darryl Boyce
17:26
PHI
Sean O'Donnell  Holding against  Tyler Bozak
2nd Period
01:41
TOR
Keith Aulie  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
01:41
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Aulie
08:31
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Roughing against  Darryl Boyce
17:56
TOR
Phil Kessel  Tripping against  Matthew Carle
19:41
PHI
Nikolay Zherdev  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:00
TOR
Tyler Bozak  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:17
PHI
Ville Leino  Tripping against  Joffrey Lupul
20:00
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Mikhail Grabovski
20:00
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mikhail Grabovski
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
12-4-3
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 5 - 5
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 33TOI: 59:03
Saves: 30EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
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