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Flyers snap six-game losing streak with 4-1 victory over Maple Leafs

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PHILADELPHIA - Joffrey Lupul scored two goals and Marty Biron made 34 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers, who snapped a season-high, six-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night.

Jeff Carter and Danny Briere also scored, and Randy Jones had two assists as the Flyers won for only the second time in 11 home games after opening the season 6-0 in Philadelphia.

Mike Richards earned an assist on Lupul's second goal to stretch his point streak at home to 16 games, tying a team record set by Bobby Clarke in the 1975-76 season.

Mats Sundin scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who dropped their second straight game and fifth in six.

Andrew Raycroft, making his second start in two games in place of injured Vesa Toskala, stopped 30 shots. Toronto went 2-3-2 on its seven-game road trip. The Maple Leafs return home to face the New York Rangers on Saturday night, playing their first game in Toronto since Dec. 10.

Carter scored from the goalmouth with 35 seconds left in the first period after taking a pass from Scott Hartnell, who picked up the puck deep in the Flyers zone and skated down the left side.

Lupul made it 2-0 on a power play at 17:23 of the second period. He got to a loose puck, after Danny Briere's centring pass deflected off Toronto centre Alex Steen, and swept it past Raycroft's glove side.

Sundin converted a one-timer from beyond the left circle with 26.4 seconds left in the period, but Briere restored Philadelphia's two-goal advantage by tipping in a shot by Jason Smith 3:05 into the third period.

Lupul scored again on a wrist shot from the left circle at 7:56.

Notes: Maple Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacova played his first game of the season after returning from a knee injury ... Toronto's seven-game trip tied a record for the longest in club history. ... Jones returned after missing one game due to a sprained right knee. ... Toronto RW Wade Belak, C John Pohl, and D Andrew Wozniewski were healthy scratches as were Philadelphia D Rory Fitzpatrick, D Lasse Kukkonen, and C James Dowd. ... The Flyers snapped a six-game winless string against Toronto (0-5-1).

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