Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 2

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a rare well-played game at home.

Now they will have to wait and see at what cost.

Colton Orr and Matt Frattin scored goals 28 seconds apart in the

second period and Ben Scrivens made 32 saves in relief of injured

starting goalie James Reimer on Monday and the Leafs defeated the

Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 for just their second victory in six

outings at home.

Reimer had to be helped off the ice early in the second period

with what appeared to be a left leg injury, pressing Scrivens into

action. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says Reimer will be evaluated on

Tuesday, but added he doesn’t expect him to miss much action.

”Probably a good thing I’m not an overly emotional guy. I was

pretty even keel,” Scrivens said. ”My first thoughts were concern

for James. He’s a friend and a teammate and you never want to see

anyone get hurt so I was hoping he was going to hop right back


”Once it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen you’ve just

got to get your mind going and just try to get yourself ready to

make that first save.”

Scrivens made that save – and 19 more in the second period – as

Toronto handled a five-minute Flyers power play while up 4-1 after

Leafs defenseman Korbinian Holzer was kicked out of the game for


”It’s always tougher coming in cold … but that’s the nature

of the position – being a backup, that’s what you’ve got to be

ready for,” Scrivens said. ”You’ve just got to try to get out

that and give the team the best chance to win and I was fortunate

the guys helped me do that.”

Carlyle, who started the season with Scrivens as his No. 1

goalie, praised his backup’s play.

”(Scrivens) went in and stood tall for us and he was equal to

the task and we were able to find ways to put pucks in the back of

the net,” Carlyle said. ”I think it was three consecutive shifts

we held them in their zone and made some plays and played with some


Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur and James van Riemsdyk, against

his former team, had the other goals for Toronto.

Tied 1-1 after the first, the Leafs took control early in the

second thanks to a spark from their fourth line as the bruising Orr

scored his first of the season at 2:05.

”It feels good for us to contribute and gives us some

confidence out there when we can contribute in other ways than just

forechecking and fighting and stuff like that,” Orr said. ”We’re

just playing a great team game and it was a lot of fun tonight in

our building.”

Added Carlyle: ”It makes everybody feel good and feel good for

those guys because they don’t get an opportunity in a lot of

situations to provide a lot of offence over the year. We just think

they’re deserving of more minutes and we even tried them on the

power play, and that’s a reward.”

Frattin then added his seventh of the season in just 10 games

since being called up from the AHL, deflecting a Cody Franson shot

home just 28 seconds later. Franson had assists on both goals.

Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn scored for Philadelphia. Ilya

Bryzgalov made 10 saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Brian

Boucher after MacArthur’s goal at 6:15 of the second. Boucher

finished with nine stops the rest of the way.

”We sort of shot ourselves in the foot and it sort of unraveled

in the next four minutes and we couldn’t get it back on track,”

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. ”There were a lot of good

things that happened outside those six minutes. You can’t remove

that. Those six minutes were tough. The start of the second period

was important.”

Van Riemsdyk put the game out of reach at 5-1 with his

team-leading eighth of the season on a shot that squeaked past

Boucher just 71 seconds into the third. McGinn then scored a goal

for Philadelphia with 32 seconds left in regulation.

Coming off a 3-0-0 road trip, which included a 6-0 victory in

Montreal on Saturday night, the Leafs came out with a slow first

shift Monday.

Philadelphia worked the puck into the Toronto end and kept it

there until Simmonds banged the rebound of a Luke Schenn shot home

just 38 seconds into the game.

Philadelphia carried the play against the Leafs for much of the

rest of the first until Mikhail Grabovski, who was cleared earlier

in the day of any wrongdoing in an alleged biting incident against

Montreal on Saturday, hit both posts behind Bryzgalov only to see

the puck stay out.

That chance seemed to spark the Leafs and Phaneuf tied the game

at 14:49 with a one-timer off a pass from Leo Komarov that beat a

screened Bryzgalov.

”We didn’t start that well. When you get scored on the first

shift of the hockey game … but I think we were fortunate to get

out of the first period tied 1-1 and that’s what our message was to

our players,” Carlyle said. ”The expectations for our group are

to play a lot higher level than what we did.”

Notes: Schenn played 310 games in four seasons with the Leafs

before being traded to Philadelphia in June for van Riemsdyk. The

deal was viewed as a fresh start for both former top-five draft

picks and reunited Schenn with his brother Brayden. Schenn, who

wears No. 22 with Philadelphia, started for the Flyers on defense

and got a small applause from the crowd about 10 minutes before the

opening faceoff. The Leafs honored Schenn midway through the first

period for his work supporting the Canadian military. … Nazem

Kadri also had two assists for Toronto. … The Leafs are 6-1-0 on

the road this season. … Both teams had a rough night on the power

play. Toronto was 0 for 3, while Philadelphia was 0 for 5. …

Philadelphia was coming off a 3-0-1 homestand. Monday’s game was

the first of a six-game road trip that will also see the Flyers

travel to Winnipeg, New Jersey, Montreal, Long Island and

Pittsburgh. Philadelphia is 1-6-0 away from home.