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Flyers edge Maple Leafs 4-3

Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 9:52 PM

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Flyers edge Maple Leafs 4-3
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Philadelphia Flyers 4
Three Stars of the Game
Scott Hartnell
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 7
+/-: 2TOI: 17:12
Claude Giroux
2nd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:43
Joffrey Lupul
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:18
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.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
scoring summary
1st Period
14:38
PHI
Scott Hartnell (26) Snap shot - ASST: Erik Gustafsson (2)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
00:54
TOR
Tyler Bozak (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Phil Kessel (29), Luke Schenn (14)
1 - 1 Tie
03:32
PHI
Maxime Talbot (13) Deflected shot - ASST: Andrej Meszaros (13)
2 - 1 PHI
05:57
TOR
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (25), Phil Kessel (30)
2 - 2 Tie
13:53
PHI
Claude Giroux (21) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Hartnell (22), Jaromir Jagr (26)
3 - 2 PHI
15:07
PHI
Brayden Schenn (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (18), Wayne Simmonds (15)
4 - 2 PHI
18:09
TOR
Tyler Bozak (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Luke Schenn (15), Joffrey Lupul (36)
4 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:21
PHI
Brayden Schenn  Hi-sticking against  David Steckel
03:34
TOR
Luke Schenn  Hi-sticking against  Maxime Talbot
08:45
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Zac Rinaldo
08:45
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
14:38
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Slashing against  Dion Phaneuf
14:38
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Dion Phaneuf
14:38
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
15:45
TOR
Jake Gardiner  Hooking against  Claude Giroux
2nd Period
05:14
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Holding against  Jake Gardiner
07:31
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Interference against  Claude Giroux
3rd Period
09:33
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
17:53
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Boarding against  Dion Phaneuf
goalie stats
James Reimer
SA: 39TOI: 58:13
Saves: 35EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 3
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 27TOI: 59:56
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0