Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Toronto.
Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers. Alexander Mogilny had
Toronto's only goal. Mogilny scored three in Toronto's
"We played two strong games. Unfortunately, we made some
mistakes in Game 1," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They did
what they had to do. They got a win here. Now we need to go there
and get a win."
The Leafs beat the Flyers 5-3 in the series opener, despite
being outplayed and outshot 31-15. Philadelphia outshot Toronto
36-17 Friday, including 31-10 after two periods.
The undermanned Leafs were without forwards Nik Antropov (foot)
and Darcy Tucker (knee), both injured in Game 1. Also, center Doug
Gilmour (knee) and defenseman Glen Wesley (ankle) remained
"There was no doubt who deserved the game tonight," Leafs
captain Mats Sundin said. "If it wasn't for Ed Belfour, it would
have been an even worse score. We have a lot of work to do as a
Philadelphia controlled the game from the start, playing most of
the first period in Toronto's end. After failing to convert on
their first two power-play opportunities, the Flyers took a 1-0
lead on a short-handed goal by Gagne with 7:51 left in the first.
Gagne stripped the puck from Owen Nolan just beyond the blue
line, skated down the right wing, went through defensemen Phil
Housley and Bryan McCabe and took a shot that was stopped by
Belfour. But the rebound bounced back to Gagne, and he poked it in.
Roenick made it 2-0 with 2:13 left in the first, converting a
crisp pass from Gagne after a turnover by Housley.
"We were hungry to the puck, we were workhorses," Roenick
Belfour had 32 saves after stopping 28 of 31 in the opener.
Roman Cechmanek, who allowed four goals on his first 13 shots in
Game 1, made 16 saves.
Mogilny cut it to 2-1 early in the second period. Mogilny skated
around Flyers defenseman Chris Therien, went around the back of the
net and backhanded a shot under Cechmanek's pad.
But the Flyers regained their two-goal lead just 1:42 later on
Recchi's goal. Recchi tried to center a pass to LeClair from the
side of the net, but the puck bounced off Belfour and McCabe and
into the net.
LeClair made it 4-1 midway through the second on a power-play
goal -- just his second goal in his last 13 playoff games. Eric
Weinrich blasted a shot from the point that was stopped, but
LeClair stuffed the rebound past Belfour.
"We couldn't move the puck, we were a solo team," Leafs coach
Pat Quinn said. "They beat us to all the pucks everywhere. We just
got a good old-fashioned whipping."
The Flyers already have seven goals in the series. They scored a
record-low two goals in a five-game, first-round loss to Ottawa
last season. Philadelphia has been eliminated in the first round in
four of the last five years.
Toronto has won its opening-round series four consecutive years.
"The other night wasn't the way we play. We gave up too much,"
Recchi said. "Tonight, we pressured people, we got back to playing
A sellout crowd of 19,597 turned out at the First Union
Center after a rare non-sellout for the series opener. ... The
Flyers are 8-5 in playoff series in which they win the second game
after losing Game 1. ... Cechmanek improved to 4-8 in the playoffs.
... Leafs D Jyrki Lumme played in his 100th career playoff game.
... The last time Philadelphia scored four goals in a playoff game
was May 18, 2000, in a 4-2 victory over New Jersey in Game 5 of the
conference finals. ... Leafs D Wade Belak, a healthy scratch in
Game 1, returned to the lineup and played some shifts at forward.
... Enforcers Tie Domi and Donald Brashear, both goal-scorers in
the opener, exchanged a flurry of punches during a fight midway
through the third.