Flyers Hang On to Beat Leafs
The Flyers have officially gone streaking.
Playing the latter of a grueling back-to-back, the Flyers overcame a late surge by a good Toronto Maple Leafs team, holding on to win 5-3 Thursday night. It was their fourth straight win and earned them two huge points in the standings.
Sean Couturier had a fantastic game. He was all over the ice, notching a pair of assists and seemingly looked like he was always out there despite playing just over 13 minutes.
It was a back-and-forth game for the two teams, with both finding the score sheet early.
The Flyers struck first just 1:19 into the game. Erik Gustafsson threw a soft wrister on net and Simon Gagne redirected it into the net to beat James Reimer and giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.
The Maple Leafs were quick to respond. Just over two minutes later, Joffrey Lupul fired a shot on net and Ilya Bryzgalov coughed up a juicy rebound in which Nikolai Kulemin turned into the game-tying goal.
The two teams traded tallies late in the first period as well.
Toronto took the lead with 3:14 left in the period thanks to a goal by John-Michael Liles to make it 2-1.
Couturier gave the Flyers the answer less than two minutes later, setting up Jakub Voracek with a beauty to tie the game, 2-2. It was Voracek's team-leading 16th of the season.
The entire second period belonged to the Flyers. Out-shooting the Maple Leafs 17-6 in the second frame, the Flyers put two up on the board to carry a 4-2 lead into the final period.
Just 54 seconds into the period, Brayden Schenn intercepted a pass by Kulemin and fired a wrister passed Reimer to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
Playing in his first game as a Flyers, newly acquired Jay Rosehill made an impact. He tallied one hit and earned 8:37 of ice time. He even added a fight, taking down former teammate Colton Orr.
But Rosehill's biggest difference came in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
With 4:07 left in the second, Couturier forced a turnover and fired a wrist shot on net. Rosehill and Adam Hall had Reimer screened big time and the puck hit off of Rosehill's pants and through Reimer to give Philadelphia a 4-2 lead.
It was just the third NHL goal in Rosehill's career.
Toronto didn't go away though, getting a goal back with plenty of time left in the third. Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk scored a strong goal with over 13 minutes to play, cutting the Flyers lead to 4-3.
Toronto kept pressing, getting huge chances late in the game. But with the goalie pulled, Luke Schenn sent the puck down the ice to score a coast-to-coast empty-netter and seal the Flyers win.
TIMONEN HURT -- Defenseman Kimmo Timonen went down with an undisclosed injury midway through the third period. He did not return to the game.
He's the only Flyers defenseman to play in all 37 games this season.