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Pinch Hitter: Scrivens strong after Reimer goes down, Leafs defeat Flyers 5-2

Monday, 02.11.2013 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Pinch Hitter: Scrivens strong after Reimer goes down, Leafs defeat Flyers 5-2

TORONTO - Colton Orr and Matt Frattin scored goals 28 seconds apart Monday as the Toronto Maple Leafs finally transferred their success on the road to home ice with a 5-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur and James van Riemsdyk, against his former team, had the other goals for Toronto (8-5-0), which picked up just its second victory in six outings at Air Canada Centre this season.

But the win did come at a cost. James Reimer stopped 12 shots before being replaced by Ben Scrivens early in the second period with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Reimer stayed down before being helped to the locker-room without putting any weight on his left leg. The Leafs described the injury as a "lower-body injury."

Scrivens finished with 31 saves, including 20 in the second period.

Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn scored for Philadelphia (5-7-1). Ilya Bryzgalov made 10 saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Brian Boucher after MacArthur's goal at 6:15 of the second. Boucher finished with nine stops the rest of the way.

Tied 1-1 after the first, the Leafs took control early in the second. The bruising Orr, who has been rejuvenated this season under coach Randy Carlyle, shovelled home his first of the campaign at 2:05. Frattin then added his seventh of the season in just 10 games since being called up from the AHL, deflecting a Cody Franson shot home just 28 seconds later. Franson picked up assists on both goals.

The Leafs didn't miss a beat after Scrivens replaced Reimer a short time later as Nazem Kadri, who also finished with two assists, found MacArthur in front on a slick feed to end Bryzgalov's night.

The Flyers had a chance to get back in it when Toronto defenceman Korbinian Holzer was assessed a five-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct at 13:31 for a hit on McGinn.

But Scrivens held the fort, including a big glove shot on Brayden Schenn in tight. The crowd at ACC, which has been criticized for its lack of emotion early in the season, saluted the penalty killers and then the entire team at the end of the period with back-to-back standing ovations.

Van Riemsdyk put the game out of reach with his team-leading eighth of the season on a shot that squeaked past Boucher just 71 seconds into the third.

McGinn scored with 32 seconds left in regulation for Philadelphia.

Coming off a perfect 3-0-0 roadtrip, which included a resounding 6-0 victory in Montreal on Saturday night, the Leafs came out with a first shift Monday that left much to be desired. Philadelphia worked the puck into the Toronto end and kept it there until Simmonds banged the rebound of a Luke Schenn shot home just 38 seconds in.

Schenn played 310 games in four seasons with the Leafs before being traded to Philadelphia in June for van Riemsdyk. The deal was viewed as a fresh start for both former top-five draft picks and reunited Schenn with his brother Brayden.

Philadelphia carried the play against the sluggish Leafs for much of the rest of the first period until Mikhail Grabovski, who was cleared earlier in the day of any wrongdoing in an alleged biting incident against Montreal on Saturday, hit both posts behind Bryzgalov only to see the puck stay out.

That chance seemed to spark the Leafs and Phaneuf tied the game at 14:49 with a one-timer off a feed from Leo Komarov that beat a screened Bryzgalov.

Notes: The Leafs are 6-1-0 on the road this season. ... Luke Schenn, who wears No. 22 with Philadelphia, started for the Flyers on defence and got a small applause from the crowd about 10 minutes before the opening faceoff. The Leafs honoured Schenn midway through the first period for his work supporting the Canadian military. ... Philadelphia was coming of a 3-0-1 homestand. Monday's contest was the first of a six-game roadtrip that will also see the Flyers travel to Winnipeg, New Jersey, Montreal, Long Island and Pittsburgh. Philadelphia is just 1-6-0 away from home. ... Toronto visits Carolina on Thursday, before hosting Ottawa on Saturday. ... Attendance was 19,253.

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