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Toronto Beats Flyers, 4-2

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
(Philadelphia, PA, February 15) - Mats Sundin had a goal and an assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.


The Flyers were without captain Peter Forsberg, who was traded to the Nashville Predators before the game for right wing Scottie Upshall, defenseman Ryan Parent, and two draft picks.

Jeff O'Neill, Niki Antropov, and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had won seven of eight before their losing streak.

Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble scored for the Flyers, who had won two in a row after a franchise-record 13 straight home losses.

The Maple Leafs scored three goals in the first period and chased Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton, who had won his previous two starts.

Toronto goaltender Andrew Raycroft stopped 34 shots to pick up his 26th win.

O'Neill scored through a screen from the right circle at 6:39 and Antropov added another goal from in close on a power play at 8:54.

Leighton, who faced 13 shots, was replaced by Antero Niittymaki at 14:10 after Colaiacovo jumped out of the penalty box, skated, in and scored on a wrist shot.

Gagne got one back for the Flyers on a power play at 12:10 of the second period when he scored his 30th goal of the season on a shot from the right side.

Sundin made it 4-1 at 11:46 of the third period when he lifted a shot high over Niittymaki from inside the right circle. Knuble got the Flyers final goal from in close on a power play three minutes later.

Notes: Gagne has had three 30-plus goal scoring seasons. ...The Maple Leafs are 17-10-3 on the road this season. ...The Flyers have dropped four straight games to Toronto. ...Philadelphia outshot Toronto 16-3 in the third period.
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