Matthew Iaboni April 6, 2010
Air Canada Centre
The Philadelphia Flyers came into Toronto looking to solidify their playoff positioning and they played a strong defensive game to get the two points.
During a chippy first period, Mikhail Grabovski was called for roughing and just six seconds into the power play, Claude Giroux tapped the puck past J.S. Giguere for the 1-0 lead. It would hold up until Mike Richards scored into the empty net with 1:16 left in the third.
Times this season that the Leafs have been shut out.
Penalty minutes in the game between both teams.
Leafs' record on Tuesday nights this season.
Face-off taken by Francois Beauchemin on the night.
While the Leafs were held in check, the Flyers had numerous chances on J.S. Giguere and the Leafs' netminder was brilliant. He made several big saves in the first including stopping Simon Gagne on a breakaway.
Giguere stopped 21 of 22 shots with many of those being prime scoring chances. The Flyers had eight shots on the power play on the night. Although Giguere has a 5-7-2 record with the Leafs he has brought stability and leadership on and off the ice.
For the second straight game Colton Orr made things happen. He didn't score on Tuesday but he was physical and he also dropped the gloves with Arron Asham in the first period.
Ron Wilson liked Orr's game and in order to try and jump start the power play, Orr was out on the man advantage in the third period. He tried to get his teammates going but his energy and determination didn't rub off.
Tuesdays weren't kind to the Maple Leafs during 2009-10. It was by far the Leafs' worst day of the week. Whether it was a lack of energy in the dressing room or at the ACC it didn't please Ron Wilson.
Many of the Tuesday night games took place at home and were after exciting Saturday night games. The players will need to bring the same enthusiasm that they do on Saturdays to the rink next season for all games.
Ron Wilson on overall improvement but with a ways yet to go:
"We've gotten, it seems, a better atttitude - except on Tuesday nights. I don't know what happens here on Tuesday nights. But I think we've taken a step in the right direction in the sense of getting younger and faster. I think we've addressed our penalty killing but at the same time our power play's been god-awful a good part of the season."
Wednesday April 7 @ New York Rangers 7 PM ET (TSN, AM640)
The Leafs play their final back-to-back of the season when they face the Rangers at MSG.
The Rangers are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Sabres and they will need to win their final three games to have any shot at making the post season.