Maple Leafs vs. Flyers final: Toronto earns 4-2 victory in Philadelphia

Paul Bereswill

Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk and his Maple Leafs teammates came out of Philadelphia with a win Monday.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

The game was the third of a five-game stand for the Flyers, which has seen the team drop two of the contests over that span.

Despite Philadelphia carrying the play for much of the first period, the team failed to capitalize on any of their chances against goaltender Ben Scrivens, who appeared to struggle when handling the puck and controlling rebounds.

Toronto appeared stuck on the perimeter of the Philadelphia zone and lacked quality chances. However, the club managed to open the scoring when forward Phil Kessel beat Kimmo Timonen to a loose puck and squeezed a shot on the far-side of Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Maple Leafs built on that lead five minutes into the second period when Nikolai Kulemin scored his second goal of the season.

Philadelphia pulled within one three minutes later when Scott Hartnell scored his first goal of the season. However, Mikhail Grabovski would regain the two-goal lead for the Leafs near the mid-way mark of the final period.

Jakub Voracek pulled the Flyers within one when he capitalized on a power play opportunity. Despite subsequent chances, Philadelphia failed to pull even. Toronto eventually iced the game when Jay McClement scored an empty-net goal with seconds remaining.

In a general sense, the contest lacked flow. Both teams spent stretches of time on the perimeter and the game featured a healthy amount of checking. Toronto's ability to take advantage of the sparse opportunities they were afforded ultimately decided the game.

The Flyers will return to action on Wednesday night when they host the Washington Capitals. The Maple Leafs will also be in action on Wednesday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens.


* Voracek extended his current point streak to six-games. During that span, he has compiled 14 points (five goals, nine assists).

* Philadelphia went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Toronto went 0-for-4

* Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk ended the contest with one shot, one hit and two penalties in 20:49 played in his first visit back to Philadelphia as a Maple Leaf

* Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a game-high 25:43 in ice-time. He recorded two assists and attempted three shots on goal.

* Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf led his team in ice-time with 25:41.

* St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was in attendance at Wells Fargo Center for a second-straight game. In addition, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was also in attendance.

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