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Jeff Carter's first career hat trick leads Flyers past Leafs 8-5

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PHILADELPHIA - Jeff Carter scored three goals, Danny Briere had a goal and three assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-5 on Friday night.

Simon Gagne, Randy Jones, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also had goals for the Flyers, who passed Carolina for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The top four teams get home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Carter's first career hat trick gave him 44 goals. Only Washington's Alex Ovechkin has more this season.

Luke Schenn, Boyd Devereaux and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Leafs in the last four minutes of the second period to cut a 6-0 deficit in half. Nikolai Kulemin and Jamal Mayers also had goals for Toronto.

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