Series (Game 2 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 23rd
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Game 2: Thursday, December 9th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 3rd
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Game 4: Thursday, March 10th
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Flyers 4

(18-7-5, 41 pts)

Maple Leafs 1

(10-14-4, 24 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:00 PM ET, December 9, 2010

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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D. Briere (Flyers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

A. Meszaros (Flyers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

B. Boucher (Flyers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

Flyers-Maple Leafs Preview


The Philadelphia Flyers would like to move past their most recent performance. They didn't have to wait long for the chance to do so.

A night after a stunning third-period collapse, the Flyers look to continue their success against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre.

Philadelphia (17-7-5) looked to be headed to a third consecutive win Wednesday, building a three-goal lead in the third period before wasting it in a 3:55 span of a 5-4 shootout loss to San Jose. Mike Richards appeared to salvage a win in overtime, but his goal was waved off after replays showed time expired just before the puck crossed the line.

"We've got to keep skating," defenseman Chris Pronger said. "We had full control of the game. We were dominating every aspect. We got lackadaisical and started letting them, started playing a little river hockey, and they've got players that can put the puck in the net."

While rebounding from the poor third period is a priority, the Flyers may also prefer to avoid reaching shootouts. They have lost four of six games, three coming via shootout.

Claude Giroux has two goals and two assists in the last three games after getting one of each Wednesday, but he missed on his shootout chance. The right wing's 14 goals tie him with Danny Briere for the team lead and are two shy of his career high set last season.

Giroux has three goals and five assists in seven meetings with the Maple Leafs (10-13-4), and has two goals and two assists in three visits to Toronto.

The Flyers, 7-2-3 on the road, have won five of six against the Maple Leafs and three in a row after taking the first season meeting 5-2 at home Oct. 23.

Briere has been a big reason for that success with five goals and four assists in the five victories.

The Leafs are at the bottom in the Northeast Division, but have gone 4-1-1 in their last six at home.

They hope a return to Toronto can help them rebound from a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday. That performance halted any momentum the Maple Leafs may have created two nights earlier, when they erased a three-goal third-period deficit and won 5-4 in a shootout at Washington.

Coach Ron Wilson doesn't want his team trying to climb out of those kinds of holes on a regular basis.

"We started just like we did in Washington, tentative, afraid to dip our toes in the pool and we played back on our heels for the first 40 minutes," Wilson told the team's official website Wednesday. "If you're not skating hard and tentative going to pucks first, tentative to cover your man, it's going to show in all other areas of your game."

Wilson's team could get a boost from the return of captain Dion Phaneuf, who plans to play Thursday after missing 16 games with a lacerated left leg. Toronto went 5-8-3 without him.

Wilson may be forced to use Jonas Gustavsson for a third consecutive start in net due to Jean-Sebastien Giguere's nagging groin injury.

Gustavsson has a 4.34 goals-against average and .855 save percentage over the last two games. He lost his only matchup with Philadelphia 6-2 on Jan. 6 as Briere scored two goals.

Giguere has lost his last five to the Flyers with a 4.17 GAA.