NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Philadelphia
(Saturday, April 8th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff O'Neill scored two goals to pace the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Darcy Tucker and Tomas Kaberle each donated a pair of assists while Jean- Sebastien Aubin came up with 28 saves for the Maple Leafs, who remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings with just five games remaining.
Rookies Jeff Carter and R.J. Umberger had the goals for Philadelphia, which is now five points behind the New York Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers defeated Boston 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.
Antero Niittymaki allowed four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
O'Neill staked Toronto to a 1-0 lead 7:31 into the opening stanza. Ian White moved into the right circle on a power play and whipped the puck toward the net, where O'Neill redirected it in midair past Niittymaki from the doorstep.
Toronto scored again with the man advantage with just under three minutes to play in the first. Matt Stajan moved in on a rush along the left wall before dishing a centering feed for Alex Steen, who one-timed it past the netminder glove side to put his team up by two.
O'Neill netted his second power-play goal of the night with a backhander through Niittymaki's legs at the 4:51 mark of the second period to up the Leafs' lead to 3-0.
The Flyers finally got on the board with just under five minutes to play in the second, as Umberger one-timed Nicholas Dimitrakos' feed from behind the net into the top shelf for his 18th of the season.
The Leafs, though, scored their fourth power-play marker of the night with 34 seconds left in the second off the stick of Mats Sundin to reclaim a three- goal lead.
Philadelphia got a power-play tally of its own with 7:52 remaining in the contest courtesy of Carter, who from behind the goal line wristed a shot on net that bounced off the back of Aubin and in.
The Flyers were shut down from there, though, and Chad Kilger added an empty- netter with six seconds left to cap the scoring.
Philadelphia was without centers Peter Forsberg and Petr Nedved, who both missed the game with groin injuries. They are day-to-day...Toronto finished 5- of-8 on the power play...The Flyers have never lost twice at home against Toronto in a single season until this campaign...Toronto won the season series, 3-1.
04/08 21:56:26 ET