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Giroux scores again, keeps Flyers in playoff chase with 4-2 win over Toronto

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Giroux scores again, keeps Flyers in playoff chase with 4-2 win over Toronto

PHILADELPHIA - Vinny Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored goals, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

Toronto's James van Riemsdyk scored 4 seconds into the second, matching an NHL record for fastest goal from the start of the period. But the Maple Leafs' skid reached seven games.

Lecavalier was dropped from a spot on the wing on the second line to his more natural centre on the fourth line. But he also had the spot on the top power-play unit and scored in the first with Philadelphia holding a two-man advantage.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle might have to learn how to bob and weave. Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, a huge fan, playfully threatened on Twitter to knock out Carlyle with a loss. Bowe tweeted, "One punch between the eyes." He also predicted Toronto would win 3-2.

Steve Mason had 32 saves to wipe out that pick.

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