Leafs Roughed Up By Flyers

The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are running out of chances to end a record-setting losing streak at Air Canada Centre.

Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each scored twice Thursday as the playoff-bound Philadelphia Flyers hammered the Maple Leafs 7-1, handing Toronto its 11th straight loss at home.

It was another ugly night in a second half full of them for the Maple Leafs. The home fans continue to find new ways to show their displeasure, starting up a ``Let's Go Blue Jays!'' chant on a couple occasions - a clear sign most have already turned their attention to baseball season.

Injuries have played a role in Toronto's on-ice struggles and popped up again Tuesday when starting goalie Jonas Gustavsson took a shot off his left knee in warmups and had to be helped to the dressing room.

That left Jussi Rynnas to make his first NHL start against the league's third-highest scoring team. An emergency AHL callup because of James Reimer's upper-body injury, Rynnas stopped 23 shots but didn't have much of a chance with a dispirited team playing in front of him.

Matt Read, Eric Wellwood and Jakub Voracek also had goals for Philadelphia (45-24-8). Danny Briere added four assists.

Mikhail Grabovski replied for the Maple Leafs (33-36-9).

Two of Toronto's four remaining games will be played at home - Saturday against Buffalo and next Thursday against Tampa - where the Leafs haven't won since Feb. 6. The 11-game losing run in their own building is four games longer than the previous mark for futility, set in 1984 when the franchise still called Maple Leaf Gardens home.

They had no chance of ending the streak on this night.

Schenn scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of the game - the first came with brother Luke, a Leafs defenceman, on the ice - before Grabovski got Toronto on the board with a beautiful breakaway goal.

Simmonds extended the Flyers lead to 3-1 at 3:55 of the second period and Read added to it with a short-handed marker at 12:03. The ``Let's Go Blue Jays!'' chants started before the period was out and resumed in the third just as Wellwood made it 5-1 at 5:49.

For all of the talk among Leafs players of playing for pride down the stretch, there was very little evidence of it as the Philadelphia players padded their statistics. Voracek and Simmonds each added goals in the third period.

Toronto only managed to direct 17 shots at Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. They've been held under 20 in five of the past eight games.

It should be no surprise that they fell to 5-17-3 in their last 25 games.

Notes: Toronto fell to 4-8-2 since Randy Carlyle replaced Ron Wilson as coach on March 2 ... The Leafs have more wins on the road (17) than at home (16) ... Read leads all NHL rookies with 23 goals ... Three of Brayden Schenn's 11 goals on the season have come against the Leafs ... Announced attendance was 19,415.

Saturday, March 31
  vs. Buffalo Sabres 
7PM ET (CBC, AM640)

The Maple Leafs play their second last home game of the season against their QEW rival Buffalo Sabres.

This is the first of a home-and-home with the two teams meeting in Buffalo on Tuesday. The Sabres are in eighth in the Eastern Conference holding a tie-breaker over Washington heading into games this weekend.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:34PHI Brayden Schenn (10) ASST: Wayne Simmonds (21), Daniel Briere (28) 1 - 0 PHI
11:01PHI PPG - Brayden Schenn (11) ASST: Daniel Briere (29), Jaromir Jagr (32) 2 - 0 PHI
14:16TOR Mikhail Grabovski (23) ASST: Tim Connolly (22), Joey Crabb (13) 2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
03:55PHI Wayne Simmonds (24) ASST: Daniel Briere (30), Braydon Coburn (18) 3 - 1 PHI
12:03PHI SHG - Matt Read (23) ASST: Max Talbot (12), Erik Gustafsson (4) 4 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
05:49PHI Eric Wellwood (5) ASST: Matt Read (23), Jakub Voracek (28) 5 - 1 PHI
07:51PHI Jakub Voracek (15) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (33), Pavel Kubina (12) 6 - 1 PHI
11:44PHI Wayne Simmonds (25) ASST: Daniel Briere (31), Jaromir Jagr (34) 7 - 1 PHI
Three Stars of the Game
Daniel Briere
Daniel Briere
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 4Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:37
Brayden Schenn
Brayden Schenn
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 11:42
Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 13:06
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:17TOR Jay Rosehill  Roughing against  Braydon Coburn
07:17TOR Jay Rosehill  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
02:38TOR Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Max Talbot
02:38PHI Max Talbot  Slashing against  Dion Phaneuf
04:36PHI Jaromir Jagr  Tripping against  Carl Gunnarsson
10:54PHI Matt Carle  Tripping against  Mikhail Grabovski
14:05TOR Mike Brown  Misconduct (10 min)
14:05TOR Mike Brown  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
14:05PHI Scott Hartnell  Slashing against  Mike Brown
18:25PHI Wayne Simmonds  Cross checking against  Matthew Lombardi
3rd Period
08:21TOR Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Brayden Schenn
08:21PHI Brayden Schenn  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
08:21TOR Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Brayden Schenn
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/3
Faceoff Wins2128
Blocked Shots1610
Penalty Minutes1222
5B. CoburnD0120020:52
8N. GrossmannD0020016:35
10B. SchennC2013211:42
13P. KubinaD0112017:41
14S. CouturierC00-14018:44
17W. SimmondsR2133213:06
19S. HartnellL0000211:19
24M. ReadR1131018:50
25M. CarleD0022223:43
26E. GustafssonD0120017:15
27M. TalbotC0103218:15
28C. GirouxC0002013:08
36Z. RinaldoC0002013:18
43M. BourdonD0010020:18
47E. WellwoodL1011012:29
48D. BriereC0423014:37
68J. JagrR0321213:24
93J. VoracekR1123014:51
35S. Bobrovsky1617.94159:53
2L. SchennD00-30018:54
3D. PhaneufD00-21620:46
4C. FransonD0010017:02
9C. ArmstrongR00-1005:06
12T. ConnollyC01-11015:46
15M. LombardiC00-21019:43
16C. MacArthurL00-13018:05
18M. BrownR0000128:42
24J. LilesD00-31020:12
36C. GunnarssonD00-11018:46
37C. AshtonR00-31011:53
38J. RosehillL000046:32
39M. FrattinR00-12012:49
42T. BozakC00-20020:05
46J. CrabbR0101013:09
51J. GardinerD00-20024:18
81P. KesselR00-32019:58
84M. GrabovskiC1003018:59
40J. Rynnas2330.76759:31