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.