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Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3, OT
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) -Here's how desperate the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to gain two points on the Philadelphia Flyers: Coach Paul Maurice pulled his goalie with more than a minute left in a tie game.

 

The rare move didn't hurt the Leafs, then Pavel Kubina scored 4:04 into overtime, completing a comeback from a three-goal deficit and leading the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

"We're alive," Maurice said of the Leafs, who trail the Flyers by seven points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The teams meet again Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Daniel Briere scored 1:12 into the third period to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead but Mats Sundin, Kubina and Jeremy Williams scored to tie it.

"I liked the courage we showed and the character in coming back like that," said Sundin.

Scottie Upshall and Braydon Coburn scored for Philadelphia.

Kubina threw the puck out from behind the goal and had it go in off a Flyers defenseman for the game-winner.

Toronto really wanted to win in regulation.

Maurice pulled goalie Vesa Toskala with more than a minute left to play and the Leafs on a power play. Philadelphia didn't come close to scoring on the empty goal at the other end.

"He was coming out regardless," Maurice said of Toskala. "(There are) two factors, one you are aware of the potential (to score), so you ask the people around you. They are 50-50 on that.

"The down side is the puck is in your net, you lose the game and I'm standing up here not feeling so fresh."

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron made 51 saves but lost to the Maple Leafs in overtime on Tuesday at Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Flyers goalie Martin Biron made 51 saves.

The Flyers are being chased by five teams - they lead Buffalo by four points - and could ill-afford the third-period collapse against Toronto.

"We just played with way too much panic in our game," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. "You have to have the courage to play. You have to have the courage to take people on 1-on-1. You have to have the courage to play a hockey game. To go out there and play panicky like we did tonight, throwing the puck away and not moving our feet, it was ridiculous."

The Maple Leafs outshot the Flyers 13-4 in the first period but were down 1-0. Upshall opened the scoring at 13:26 after getting behind Leafs defenseman Anton Stralman and taking a nice cross-ice pass from Vaclav Prospal. It was the seventh straight game the Maple Leafs allowed the first goal.

Coburn floated a point shot over a screened Toskala with 54.8 seconds to play in the second period while on a power play to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Toskala finished with 22 saves.

Briere made it 3-0 just 1:12 into the final period.

That gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead at the second intermission and signaled bad things for the home team - the Flyers entered the game with a record of 25-1-1 when leading after 40 minutes.

Despite that, they couldn't keep Toronto from rallying.

"They kept putting pressure on us, kept taking chances, and it paid off for them at a key time in the game," Biron said. "That pressure made it hard for us to do a lot of the little things."

Notes: Sundin has 16 points in his past nine games ... Antero Niittymaki made 54 saves in goal for the Flyers during a win in Toronto on Jan. 5.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:26
PHI
Scottie Upshall (12) Snap shot - ASST: Vinny Prospal (30), Braydon Coburn (26)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
19:05
PHI
PPG - Braydon Coburn (8) Slapshot - ASST: Randy Jones (24), R.J. Umberger (35)
2 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
01:12
PHI
Daniel Briere (25) Snap shot - ASST: Vinny Prospal (31), R.J. Umberger (36)
3 - 0 PHI
04:48
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (32) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (40)
3 - 1 PHI
13:16
TOR
Pavel Kubina (7) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (41), Mats Sundin (45)
3 - 2 PHI
16:19
TOR
Jeremy Williams (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
04:04
TOR
Pavel Kubina (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (3), Darcy Tucker (12)
4 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:43
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
08:59
TOR
Ian White  Interference against  Vinny Prospal
09:48
PHI
Daniel Briere  Holding against  Darcy Tucker
10:41
PHI
Sami Kapanen  Hooking against  Pavel Kubina
10:41
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Sami Kapanen
15:46
TOR
Alexander Steen  Holding against  Mike Knuble
2nd Period
01:36
PHI
R.J. Umberger  Boarding against  Carlo Colaiacovo
03:12
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Biron
07:23
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  Ian White
11:00
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Boarding against  R.J. Umberger
11:00
PHI
Randy Jones  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
17:49
TOR
Mats Sundin  Slashing against  Kimmo Timonen
3rd Period
04:05
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Holding the stick against  Jason Blake
18:05
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 55TOI: 64:04
Saves: 51EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .927SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 25TOI: 62:52
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1