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Leafs Roughed Up By Flyers

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are running out of chances to end a record-setting losing streak at Air Canada Centre.

Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each scored twice Thursday as the playoff-bound Philadelphia Flyers hammered the Maple Leafs 7-1, handing Toronto its 11th straight loss at home.

It was another ugly night in a second half full of them for the Maple Leafs. The home fans continue to find new ways to show their displeasure, starting up a ``Let's Go Blue Jays!'' chant on a couple occasions _ a clear sign most have already turned their attention to baseball season.

Injuries have played a role in Toronto's on-ice struggles and popped up again Tuesday when starting goalie Jonas Gustavsson took a shot off his left knee in warmups and had to be helped to the dressing room.

That left Jussi Rynnas to make his first NHL start against the league's third-highest scoring team. An emergency AHL callup because of James Reimer's upper-body injury, Rynnas stopped 23 shots but didn't have much of a chance with a dispirited team playing in front of him.

Matt Read, Eric Wellwood and Jakub Voracek also had goals for Philadelphia (45-24-8). Danny Briere added four assists.

Mikhail Grabovski replied for the Maple Leafs (33-36-9).

Two of Toronto's four remaining games will be played at home _ Saturday against Buffalo and next Thursday against Tampa _ where the Leafs haven't won since Feb. 6. The 11-game losing run in their own building is four games longer than the previous mark for futility, set in 1984 when the franchise still called Maple Leaf Gardens home.

They had no chance of ending the streak on this night.

Schenn scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of the game _ the first came with brother Luke, a Leafs defenceman, on the ice _ before Grabovski got Toronto on the board with a beautiful breakaway goal.

Simmonds extended the Flyers lead to 3-1 at 3:55 of the second period and Read added to it with a short-handed marker at 12:03. The ``Let's Go Blue Jays!'' chants started before the period was out and resumed in the third just as Wellwood made it 5-1 at 5:49.

For all of the talk among Leafs players of playing for pride down the stretch, there was very little evidence of it as the Philadelphia players padded their statistics. Voracek and Simmonds each added goals in the third period.

Toronto only managed to direct 17 shots at Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. They've been held under 20 in five of the past eight games.

It should be no surprise that they fell to 5-17-3 in their last 25 games.

: Toronto fell to 4-8-2 since Randy Carlyle replaced Ron Wilson as coach on March 2 ... The Leafs have more wins on the road (17) than at home (16) ... Read leads all NHL rookies with 23 goals ... Three of Brayden Schenn's 11 goals on the season have come against the Leafs ... Announced attendance was 19,415.

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