NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Toronto
(Saturday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Branko Radivojevic, Mike Knuble, Eric Desjardins and Donald Brashear had a goal and an assist, each as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Mike Richards added a short-handed goal and Peter Forsberg upped his league- leading assist total to 12 with two helpers. Robert Esche made 22 saves for Philadelphia, which has won three straight. The Flyers also got revenge for a 4-2 loss at Toronto on October 11.
Eric Lindros and Tomas Kaberle scored goals, and Ed Belfour stopped 27 of 32 shots he faced for Toronto, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
"We were okay in the first and second," Toronto head coach Pat Quinn said. "They got better in the third. We got some decent shots in the first two periods but we abandoned our game plan, gave up the puck a lot and they came back."
Toronto tied the game just over a minute into the third period after Bryan McCabe flicked a cross-ice pass to Lindros, who one-timed a shot past Esche's glove side to make it 2-2.
The Flyers regained the lead just over two minutes later after Simon Gagne took a shot from the right circle that was saved by Belfour. Gagne followed his shot, got the rebound and fired a wrist shot back on goal. The shot deflected off of Knuble, who was getting roughed up in the crease, past Belfour to make it 3-2.
"The referees seemed to let it go a little bit more tonight," Knuble said. "When you are in the slot, you have to take that stuff. It's just part of the game."
"You can question all the penalties in the first period," Quinn said after the game. "Then, late in the game, you are trying to come back and the mugging starts and then they put the whistle in their pocket and don't call anything. But I don't think you can blame it all on that."
Philadelphia extended its lead to 4-2 with 13:53 left in the game when Keith Primeau won a face off back to Desjardins, who took a slap shot from the high slot. Brashear, who was charging the net, deflected the puck past Belfour for his first goal of the season.
The Flyers enjoyed a three-goal cushion after Radivojevic controlled a loose puck in the Leafs' zone and pushed a backhand pass to Brashear in the crease. Brashear tried to shift to his backhand for a shot, but was checked, causing the puck to squirt back to Radivojevic, who slid the puck past Belfour for a 5-2 lead with 4:27 remaining.
The Maple Leafs got on the scoreboard midway through the first period while on the power play after Jason Allison shoveled a pass to Kaberle in the high slot. Kaberle blasted a slap shot that beat Esche stick side for a 1-0 lead.
The Flyers got the equalizer with the man advantage nearly three minutes later after Desjardins took a pass from Forsberg in the slot. Desjardins rocketed a slap shot that beat Belfour stick-side high.
Philadelphia took its first lead of the game with 2:39 left in the first while the Leafs had a two-man advantage. After Michal Handzus poke-checked the puck away from the Leafs at the blue line, Richards picked up the loose puck and gained the offensive zone. He skated into the left circle and unleashed a wrist shot that beat Belfour high to the stick side for a shorthanded goal and a 2-1 lead.
It was Quinn's 500th game as coach of the Maple Leafs, becoming the third coach in Maple Leafs' history to reach that milestone...Toronto had won two straight over Philadelphia...Lindros has a five-game goal- and point- streak...It was Brashear's 200th game as a Flyer and he tallied his 100th NHL assist...Bryan McCabe had two assists and leads all NHL defensemen in scoring with 13 points...Gagne has a six-game point streak...Desjardins' goal was his first in 41 games. His last goal came Nov. 13, 2003...The Flyers lead the NHL with four shorthanded goals...The Flyers were 1-for-8 on the power play, while Toronto was 1-for-4.
10/22 22:16:02 ET