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Jake Gardiner scores in OT, Maple Leafs beat Flyers 4-3
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Jake Gardiner scores in OT, Maple Leafs beat Flyers 4-3

Published Apr. 8, 2016 12:01 a.m. ET

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jake Gardiner scored a power-play goal at 2:51 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

The Flyers fell a point behind Boston and Detroit for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. But Philadelphia would secure a playoff berth by winning its last two games. The Bruins and Red Wings each have one game left and one of them is guaranteed a playoff berth that goes to the third-place team in the Atlantic Division.

Wayne Simmonds scored the tying goal with 58 seconds left and goalie Steve Mason pulled for the extra skater. Simmonds redirected Mark Streit's slap shot for his career-best 30th goal, helping the Flyers rally for a crucial point.

With Andrew MacDonald in the penalty box for tripping, Gardiner ripped a slap shot past Mason to win it for the Leafs.

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