Second period flurry buries Flyers
After controlling the level of play through most of the first period, the Flyers were simply outplayed in every way, shape, and form in the second period.
In just the opening 4:10 of the second stanza, the Toronto Maple Leafs scored three unaswered goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the Flyers.
The first goal came on a rebound that bounced off Bryzgalov's pad and right onto enforcer Colton Orr's stick. It was Orr's 12th career goal in over 400 career games and was his first against the Flyers.
Just 28 seconds later, right wing Matt Frattin scored on a tip-in off a shot by Cody Franson.
Later in the period, Frattin appeared on the score sheet once again as he helped to set up a beautiful one-timer by Clarke MacArthur to give Toronto a 4-1 edge. The fourth goal chased Ilya Bryzgalov who was replaced by Brian Boucher. Boucher was recalled on Sunday after Michael Leighton was injured during practice on Friday.
Bryzgalov stopped 10 of 14 shots before he was pulled for Boucher.
In the third period, former Flyer James van Riemsdyk poured salt into the wound. Van Riemsdyk took a pass from Phil Kessel and skated in on Boucher and tucked the puck off his pad and into the net. It was van Riemsdyk's eighth goal of the season.
Rookie Tye McGinn was able to add a late goal for the Flyers. It was his second career tally.
In the opening period, forward Wayne Simmonds got the scoring started as he banged home a rebound off a point shot from Luke Schenn. This was Schenn's first game against his former team.
With 5:12 remaining in the first period, Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phanuef blasted a slap shot past Bryzgalov to tie the game. Bryzgalov was heavily screened on the shot and didn't have much of a chance to make the save.
With 6:29 remaining in the second period, McGinn was drilled face first into the boards by Maple Leafs defenseman Korbinian Holzer behind the Toronto net. The hit resulted in a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for Holzer.
The five-minute power play yielded no goals for the Flyers and they spent the majority of the man-advantage being chased out of the Maple Leafs zone.
It was a small dose of the Flyers struggles on the power play this season. They went zero-for-four on Monday night when they had the man-advantage.
There is no time for the Flyers to feel sorry for themselves as they travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Tuesday night.