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Leafs Can't Match Flyers' Fire Power In Philly

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Leafs Can't Match Flyers' Fire Power In Philly
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Philadelphia Flyers 8
Recap | Box Score | Photos : Gi6 | Post | Wilson | Hanson | Gerber | Mayers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Criticized by their general manager, the Philadelphia Flyers answered the challenge.

Jeff Carter scored three goals, Danny Briere had a goal and three assists, and the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-5 on Friday night.

Simon Gagne, Randy Jones, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also had goals for the Flyers, who passed Carolina for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The top four teams get home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

On Thursday, GM Paul Holmgren made it clear the team's best players had to step up their performance after three losses in four games.

With his sharp words still ringing in their ears, the fired-up Flyers came out strong. Five players scored in the first period as Philadelphia made sure it didn't lose consecutive games to Toronto, which isn't going to the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Leafs won the first game of the home-and-home series 3-2 Wednesday night.

"We were sitting comfortably in fourth place and sometimes you lose that intensity," Briere said. "That was a wake-up call and we responded."

Carter's first NHL hat trick gave him 44 goals. Only Washington's Alex Ovechkin has more this season.

Luke Schenn, Boyd Devereaux and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Leafs in the last four minutes of the second period to cut a 6-0 deficit in half. Nikolai Kulemin and Jamal Mayers also had goals for Toronto.

"We had some guys who basically mailed it in tonight and didn't want to compete," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "We knew that they would come hard."

The Flyers scored three times in a span of 4:38 to take a 3-0 lead. Jones got the first one on a backhander after the rebound from Briere's shot kicked right to him inside the left circle.

Briere helped set up the next goal by speeding up ice and sending a perfect crossing pass to the streaking Arron Asham, who quickly pushed the puck to Giroux. The rookie forward deked goalie Martin Gerber with a nifty fake and scored his eighth goal.

Gagne scored his 32nd goal on a power play, firing a slap shot from the slot through a screen. That was it for Gerber. He was replaced by Curtis Joseph after allowing three goals on nine shots. Joseph wasn't much better. He gave up two goals on five shots and returned to the bench for the start of the second period.

"It feels like playing soccer, the net keeps getting bigger and bigger, but you never know, you try to keep it close," Gerber said.

Hartnell made it 4-0 with his 30th goal later in the first. Carter scored on a breakaway 1:27 after that.

"Obviously, Homer said we needed to play better," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "It was a wake-up call."

With the son of one of the notorious Hanson brothers from the movie "Slap Shot" making his NHL debut, this briefly turned into a boxing match. Two fights broke out in the final minute of the first period, but the fisticuffs didn't carry over.

Christian Hanson, the son of Dave from movie fame, played his first game for the Leafs after signing a two-year deal on Tuesday. His father sat in the stands and drew loud applause when he was introduced in the third period.

Schenn's wrist shot from just inside the blue line started Toronto's comeback attempt. Devereaux scored on a one-timer 97 seconds later. Grabovski got a long rebound and slapped it past Martin Biron to cut the deficit in half.

But Carter scored early in the third and the Leafs couldn't get within two goals.

"I've had a lot of two-goal games. I'm just happy to get it out of the way," Carter said of his hat trick.

Notes: The five goals in the first were a season high in a period for the Flyers, and their eight goals were a season best. ... The teams met for the 150th time in the regular season. The Flyers are 78-48-24. ... Giroux has a goal in three straight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
Randy Jones (4) ASST: Daniel Briere (9), Claude Giroux (17)
1 - 0 PHI
Claude Giroux (8) ASST: Arron Asham (10), Daniel Briere (10)
2 - 0 PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (32) ASST: Mike Richards (47), Kimmo Timonen (38)
3 - 0 PHI
Scott Hartnell (30) ASST: Jeff Carter (36), Matthew Carle (18)
4 - 0 PHI
Jeff Carter (42) ASST: Darroll Powe (4), Kimmo Timonen (39)
5 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
Jeff Carter (43) ASST: Daniel Briere (11), Randy Jones (4)
6 - 0 PHI
PPG - Luke Schenn (2) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (15), Ian White (16)
6 - 1 PHI
Boyd Devereaux (2) ASST: Jamal Mayers (8), Brad May (6)
6 - 2 PHI
Mikhail Grabovski (19) ASST: Luke Schenn (11), Nikolay Kulemin (16)
6 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
Jeff Carter (44) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (25), Matthew Carle (19)
7 - 3 PHI
Nikolay Kulemin (15) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (36), Jeff Finger (17)
7 - 4 PHI
Daniel Briere (9) ASST: Claude Giroux (18), Darroll Powe (5)
8 - 4 PHI
Jamal Mayers (7) ASST: Matt Stajan (38), Niklas Hagman (19)
8 - 5 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Boyd Devereaux  Delay of game
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Luke Schenn
Luke Schenn  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Alberts
Andrew Alberts  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
2nd Period
Daniel Briere  Holding the stick against  Mikhail Grabovski
Jason Blake  Elbowing against  Ryan Parent
Mike Knuble  Hooking against  Mikhail Grabovski
Pavel Kubina  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
Mike Knuble  Holding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
3rd Period
Brad May  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
John Mitchell  Hi-sticking against  Mike Knuble
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
Martin Gerber
SA: 30TOI: 49:02
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 5TOI: 10:58
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 32TOI: 59:51
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .844SH: 2 - 2
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