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36-35-11
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Flyers
42-29-11

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game recap

Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Philadelphia Flyers 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -All the Philadelphia Flyers needed was a strong finish.

Joffrey Lupul scored two goals and Marty Biron made 34 saves for the Flyers, who snapped a season-high, six-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night.

"When we got the lead we didn't sit back at all, we went out there and finished," Lupul said. "We've had some leads, especially at home, and we've let teams back in the game. Tonight, even when they made it 2-1 we still played as a confident team."

Jeff Carter and Danny Briere also scored, and Randy Jones had two assists as the Flyers won for only the second time in 11 home games after opening the season 6-0 in Philadelphia.

"After a while you forget what it is to win," Briere said. "It tastes a lot better than losing, the way we were lately, especially the way we were finding ways to lose. That was frustrating."

Mike Richards earned an assist on Lupul's second goal to stretch his point streak at home to 16 games, tying a team record set by Bobby Clarke in the 1975-76 season.

Biron said his teammates played their best defensive game of the season.

"We talked about our play in the defensive zone," the goalie said. "I think it was tremendous. It created offense for us. It was as well as we've played all year defensively."

Mats Sundin scored for the Maple Leafs, who dropped their second straight game and fifth in six. The Maple Leafs went 2-3-2 on their season-high, seven-game road trip. They return home to face the New York Rangers on Saturday night, playing their first game in Toronto since Dec. 10.

"We've played far better for the majority of the trip," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "We're just showing the result of not putting pucks in the net."

Andrew Raycroft, making his second start in two games in place of Vesa Toskala who is nursing a groin injury, stopped 30 shots.

The Leafs Jiri Tlusty, right, gets tangled up with Flyers goalie Marty Biron during the third period. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

Carter scored from the goal mouth with 35 seconds left in the first period after taking a pass from the left boards from Scott Hartnell, who picked up the puck deep in the Flyers zone and skated down the left side.

Lupul made it 2-0 on a power play at 17:23 of the second period. He got to a loose puck, after Danny Briere's centering pass deflected off Toronto center Alex Steen, and swept it past Raycroft's glove side.

Sundin converted a one-timer from beyond the left circle with 26.4 seconds left in the period, but Briere restored Philadelphia's two-goal advantage by tipping in a shot by Jason Smith 3:05 into the third period.

Lupul scored again on a wrist shot from the left circle at 7:56.

Steen said that the Flyers won with an all-around effort.

"Tonight was a game where they had a goaltender who was playing well," Steen said. "They kept us to the outside. Aside from a few individual efforts, there was nothing to be had from the middle, and they did a good job of clearing the rebounds."

Notes: Toronto's seven-game trip tied for the longest in club history. ... Jones returned after missing one game due to a sprained right knee. ... Toronto RW Wade Belak, C John Pohl, and D Andrew Wozniewski were healthy scratches as were Philadelphia D Rory Fitzpatrick, D Lasse Kukkonen, and C James Dowd. ... The Flyers snapped a six-game winless string against Toronto (0-5-1).

scoring summary
1st Period
19:25
PHI
Jeff Carter (13) ASST: Scott Hartnell (8), Randy Jones (13)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
17:23
PHI
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (14) ASST: Daniel Briere (22), Mike Knuble (12)
2 - 0 PHI
19:33
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (17) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (20), Kyle Wellwood (5)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
03:05
PHI
Daniel Briere (16) ASST: Jason Smith (4), Randy Jones (14)
3 - 1 PHI
07:56
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (15) ASST: Mike Richards (25)
4 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
16:43
TOR
Anton Stralman  Holding against  Denis Tolpeko
16:43
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Slashing against  Pavel Kubina
16:43
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Slashing against  Joffrey Lupul
2nd Period
16:51
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Joffrey Lupul
19:05
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
3rd Period
14:49
PHI
Jeff Carter  Hi-sticking against  Mats Sundin
17:32
PHI
Denis Tolpeko  Interference on goalkeeper against  Andrew Raycroft
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .882SH: 3 - 3
Martin Biron
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 31 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 1