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Looking To Bounce Back

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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FLYERS (17-7-5) at MAPLE LEAFS (10-13-4)

TV: CSN-Philadelphia, TSN.

Last 10: Philadelphia 5-2-3; Toronto 4-5-1.

Season Series: This is the second of four meetings between the teams. The Flyers earned a 5-2 victory at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 23. Philadelphia captain Mike Richards had a goal and two assists in the win.

Big Story: Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was not in a good mood Wednesday night after watching his team suffer a 5-2 loss against the scorching-hot Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. The Leafs face another big test as they return home to face the defending Eastern Conference champs, who are 7-2-3 on the road this season.

"The turning point of the game was when they dropped the opening faceoff," Wilson said. "We didn't compete for 40 minutes. The hole could have been deeper."

Team Scope:

Flyers: They did manage to earn a point on Wednesday night in a 5-4 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks, but Philadelphia literally came within about a half-second of a victory. Richards appeared to have won the game at the conclusion of overtime when he beat Antero Niittymaki with a shot from just inside the blue line, but replays showed the puck crossed the goal line just after time expired.

However, Philadelphia should never have been in that situation in the first place when you consider it had a 4-1 lead.

"We've got to stay out of the box," defenseman Chris Pronger said. "We've got to keep skating. We had full control of the game; we were dominating every aspect of the game. I don't know if we let our minds wander or whatever. We got lackadaisical and started slaying a little river hockey, and they've got players that can put the puck in the net."

Maple Leafs: It was a case of too little, too late on Wednesday night for Toronto, which waited far too long before engaging against the Pens, who have now won 11 in a row. The Leafs outshot Pittsburgh 15-2 in the third period, but they entered the final 20 minutes trailing 4-0.

"We were a step behind and they're going to burn us," Leafs forward Colby Armstrong said. "It's too hard to come back against a team like that."

Who's Hot: Scott Hartnell, Ville Leino and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist on Wednesday night. … Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski has scored in back-to-back games.

Injury Report: Philadelphia will be without Michael Leighton (rehab assignment in AHL), Ian Laperriere (post-concussion syndrome) and Matt Walker (hip). … Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (groin) is day-to-day, while Dion Phaneuf (leg) and Mike Brown (finger) are out.

Stat Pack: Giroux notched his 100th career point on Wednesday night. … Toronto has dropped nine of its last 10 road games.

Puck Drop:  "It's always upsetting to blow a 4-1 lead … it doesn't happen very often and when it does, it stings. The reason we blew the 4-1 lead was because of the penalties. In 5-on-5, I doubt we gave up half a dozen chances all night. We knew they had a dangerous power play coming in, sixth in the League. They're dangerous and we gave them the opportunity to jump back in." -- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette after Wednesday's shootout loss to San Jose
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