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Fly-By: Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 1

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

  Laviolette    Schenn    Briere
Briere (4A), Schenn (2G) and Wayne Simmonds (2G,1A) were a force to be reckoned with in the Flyers victory by combining for four goals, five assists and nine points… The line produced multiple scoring chances and as the numbers show, capitalized on them. Schenn had not tallied in 10 games, while Simmonds tallied his third goal in the last two games and Briere has seven points (2G-5A) in his last three games.

Sergei Bobrovsky was making his first start in the Flyers last nine games, but he sure didn't play like it… Bob stopped 16 of 17 shots on the night, including two excellent scoring chances on Mikhail Grabovsky within a minute in the third period and a breakaway by Toronto sniper and leading scorer Phil Kessel in the final minutes of the game.

During pre-game warmups, Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson went down in the corner boards and subsequently lost due to injury for the remainder of the game… The Leafs were without James Reimer due to an upper-body injury, so enter rookie Jussi Rynnas who at a moments notice would be making his first NHL start.

Brayden Schenn won the battle over his brother Luke and the Toronto Maple Leafs by posting a pair of goals, the first two of the night, which included the official game-winner. Schenn now has three of his 11 goals on the year against the Maple Leafs… Brayden now has 11 goals and 15 points in 49 games this season, while Luke Schenn has 21 points (2G-19A) in 75 games this season.

Its true that two points in October are the same in March, but tonight's victory puts the Flyers in a position to take over the fourth-seed (and in turn, home-ice advantage) in the East from the Penguins, who dropped a 5-3 decision tonight to the Islanders. The Flyers have 98 points, two points behind the Pens' 100 points, but with two games head-to-head still remaining in the team's final five games.
With tonight’s win, the Flyers are now 24-12-3 on the road, putting them one short of their franchise record of 25 road wins set last season when they were 25-11-5.
Overall the Flyers are now 45-24-8 for 98 points, which exactly matches the record of the 1986-87 club through 77 games and ties for the 11th-best record to that point in franchise history.  Two other teams had 98 points through 77 games - 1996-97 (43-22-12) and 2003-04 (39-18-14-6).
The Flyers are now 11-3-1 in March.  It’s just the 12th instance in team history of 11 or more wins in any month.  It’s the fifth time the Flyers have had 11 or more wins in March and the first time since the 1984-85 season.
Four of the Flyers’ goals tonight came from rookies.  They now have 59G and 57A for 116 points from their rookies this season.  The 116 rookie points leads the NHL, while the 59 goals account for 24.1 percent of the team’s total goals this season.
Matt Read’s 23rd goal of the season is the most for a Flyers rookie since Jeff Carter had 23 in the 2005-06 season.
The Flyers swept the four games against the Maple Leafs this season, marking the first time since 1973-74 that they’ve had four wins against Toronto in a single season (4-0-1) and the first time ever that they’ve swept a four-game season series with the Leafs.  The Flyers had swept a two-game series with the Leafs on three occasions and a three-game series on two occasions.  
Danny Briere
Tonight, the Flyers star goes to #48 Danny Briere.

Danny Briere's first ever four assist night earns him tonight's star, including two goals he set up on Brayden Schenn's first and Wayne Simmonds with beautiful passes across the goal-mouth for tap-ins.

Briere also had three shots on goal and was a plus-2 in 14:37 of ice-time. He now has five assists and seven points in his last three games.

 "It's nice to have a good game [in my hometown]. I have a lot of people here obviously and I think the last time we came here I didn't really do much and tonight I actually showed them I can play hockey."
- Wayne Simmonds

"I thought it was a real good contribution from everybody. We really tried to harp on defense more than anything tonight… sometimes when you do that you get chances offensively so guys were blocking shots and doing what they needed to do on the defensive side of things so I was happy about that."
- Peter Laviolette
Tonight's turning point came just past the midway point of the second period while the Flyers were down shorthanded.

A minute into a Toronto power-play, Max Talbot entered the Maple Leafs zone instead of dumping it in the corner, flying down the left wing, Matt Read took a pass and directed it in past Rynnas for his 23rd of the year.

The goal stopped any momentum gained because of the power-play, put the Flyers up by three goals and killed any notion of a comeback attempt.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Brayden Schenn scores his second goal of the night off a great pass by Danny Briere.   

Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 1
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers' rookies have proven their worth all season.

They were at it again Thursday night, combining for four goals and two assists in the Flyers' 7-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brayden Schenn scored the first two goals of the game, and Matt Read and Eric Wellwood each had one, running the total number of goals by Flyers rookies to 59 - best in the NHL.


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