TORONTO (AP) _ Tie Domi knows frustration when he sees it. And the Toronto
Maple Leafs' tough guy was happy it was the Philadelphia Flyers' turn to
Using a gritty style that helped them rekindle their sputtering offense, the
Maple Leafs struck back with a 4-1 win Wednesday night. The victory closed the
Flyers' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven second-round playoff series, which
resumes with Game 4 at Toronto on Friday.
Domi was encouraged by how the Flyers lost some of their poise by physically
going after the Maple Leafs in a chippy third period. It was uncharacteristic
for what had been a disciplined Philadelphia team that, in needing only five
games to eliminate New Jersey in the first round, had won six of its first
seven playoff games.
``Well, they haven't been in this situation in the playoffs yet,'' Domi
said. ``When they come up against a little adversity, and they're down a few
goals, they haven't dealt with that yet.
``It was nice to get that win, and hopefully we'll come back here and get
that same emotion going.''
Alexander Mogilny led the way, scoring a pretty breakaway goal that sparked
a three-goal second period, and also provided a surprising physical presence
that established the tone for a desperate Leafs team.
Known more for his playmaking, Mogilny delivered several big hits, including
one on Danny Markov in the first period that forced the Flyers defenseman to
limp off the ice. Mogilny's physical play spurred a shoving match in the third
period with Jeremy Roenick that led to both earning roughing penalties.
Philadelphia's Marcus Ragnarsson also took exception to Mogilny, and paid
for it. Darcy Tucker scored Toronto's fourth goal on a two-man advantage in the
third period, seven seconds after Ragnarsson was penalized for slashing
following a two-handed chop on the back of Mogilny's legs.
Mogilny shrugged it all off as being ``playoff hockey.''
But Mogilny's performance was not lost on Domi.
``It's nice to see him play with emotion,'' Domi said. ``He's our
game-breaker for us.''
Tony Amonte scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who had a four-game winning
streak snapped, a stretch in which they outscored their opponents 11-3.
Now it's the Flyers' turn to bounce back.
``I just think our intensity level dropped and Toronto's went up, and that
was the difference,'' Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. ``They've pushed their
level up there.
``This is going to be a four-line series packed with intensity and physical
play, and you had just better get used to it.''
``Some of their guys that didn't show up in Philadelphia had a bigger
backbone tonight,'' Roenick said. ``But you have to give them a lot of credit.
They were under the gun.''
Philadelphia failed to score the first goal for the first time in this
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Chad Kilger also scored, sparking a Leafs offense
that managed just 16 goals in its previous nine playoff games.
Mogilny opened the scoring five minutes into the second period on a
breakaway, set up after Mats Sundin stripped Alexei Zhamnov of the puck in the
``It's big,'' Mogilny said of the victory. ``What do you think? We come home
down 2-0. We lose this game, it's pretty much over. We knew what was at