- Wins: 25
- losses: 28
- shootout wins: 3
- shootout losses: 3
- points: 54
Flyers edge Maple Leafs 4-3
Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 11:13 PM
Two nights after they were unable to turn scoring chances into goals, the Philadelphia Flyers ‘ top line came through when it mattered.
Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn scored 74 seconds apart in the second period as the Flyers held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Scott Hartnell and Max Talbot also had goals for Philadelphia, which outshot the New York Islanders 45-18 on Tuesday but lost 1-0 in a shootout. Philadelphia’s top line of Giroux, Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr combined for four points after going scoreless on 16 shots in the loss to the Isles.
“We were cycling, we had the confidence going and we had some chances,” Hartnell said. “We work well together.”
Tyler Bozak scored two goals and Joffrey Lupul had one for the Leafs, who were 6-2-1 in their previous nine games.
“They were a team that lost three in a row, and they just took it to us in the first.” Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “We coughed up the puck too much. We worked so hard to make it 2-2. We just have to learn from it.”
Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves, including a pad stop on Bozak’s rocket during a 4-on-2 rush with five minutes left. Bobrovsky allowed a career-worst six goals in a 6-4 loss to New Jersey last Saturday and wasn’t expecting to play until Ilya Bryzgalov showed up to the morning skate with the flu.
“It doesn’t matter whether it was my fault or not, I didn’t want to allow those goals,” the second-year Russian goaltender said through an interpreter. “It was good to have a chance to redeem myself.”
After Hartnell scored the only goal of a nondescript first period, the teams combined for six goals in the second — three of them in the first six minutes.
Bozak tied it 54 seconds into the period, bouncing a pass off the skate of Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn and into the net. Just 2:38 later, Talbot deflected a slap shot by Andrej Meszaros past James Reimer.
Ex-Flyer Joffrey Lupul scored a power-play goal at 5:57 to tie it at 2-2. Dion Phaneuf’s shot bounced out of Bobrovsky’s glove, and Lupul put it into the net for his 22nd goal.
But Giroux put the Flyers ahead to stay when he beat Reimer with a quick shot into the top right corner after a perfect pass from the side of the net. Schenn made it 4-2 when he scored into a wide-open net after Danny Briere’s shot from the right wing hit Reimer’s right shoulder and ricocheted to the left circle.
Bozak scored his second of the night and 12th of the season, banging home a rebound through traffic with 1:51 left in the period.
But Bobrovsky stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period.