The Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a 2-0 lead against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night, but the Flyers weren’t discouraged and it soon became apparent they had no reason to be. With goaltender Steve Mason (back) unavailable, the Flyers gave Ray Emery all the support he needed in a 7-4 victory.
The Flyers trio of Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux, and Jakub Voracek led the charge for Philadelphia. Giroux had two goals and two assists, Voracek recorded four assists, and Raffl had a two-point night. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle remarked that the Giroux line took Toronto “to school” in the second frame, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
Philadelphia outshot Toronto 42-25 in tonight’s game and 34-16 in the first 40 minutes alone. That’s been a common problem for the Maple Leafs as their shots on goal differential stands at minus-4.1 so far this season.
“We have got to cut down our shots against,” Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf conceded, according to TSN’s Jonas Siegel.
Toronto has now lost two in a row, but the team is still 7-3-0 this month.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers got off to a wild start tonight and it hit its crescendo midway through the first period when Toronto and Philadelphia combined for three goals in 26 seconds.
It started 11:18 minutes into the contest when Sean Couturier evened the game at 2-2:
David Clarkson responded just 15 seconds later though to regain the edge:
That was Clarkson’s ninth goal and 12th point of the 2014-15 in contrast to his Leafs’ debut campaign in 2013-14 when he only managed 11 points in 60 games. Defenseman Stephane Robidas also recorded his 200th career assist on that marker.
Claude Giroux completed the sequence with his ninth goal of the season:
Emery only stopped six of nine shots through 20 minutes. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Rob Zepp is waiting to see if he will make his NHL debut.
You go to line up for a faceoff, you get a little hungry. Why not bite the jersey of an opponent, right?
During Thursday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers, Claude Giroux bit into the jersey of defenseman Erik Gudbranson for a second or two as they were about to lineup on a draw. More importantly, the Panthers defeated the Flyers by a final score of 2-1 in the shootout.