O'Neill scored the go-ahead goal and Eric Lindros added one
against his former club as the Maple Leafs topped the
Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Tuesday night for their first win of the season.
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Kyle Wellwood (right) and Matt Stajan celebrate Wellwood's first NHL goal during Toronto's 4-2 win over Philly. Dave Sandford/Getty Images
O'Neill's one-timer on the power play gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at
7:34 of the third period. He then pointed to the sky in tribute to
his older brother, Donny, who was killed in a car accident in
Toronto in July.
"The last three months have seemed like three years. I knew
that when I got my first one it was for him," O'Neill said. "It
was pretty emotional. It's even tough talking about it right now.
It's something that is real tough to deal with, but being in this
locker room and playing hockey makes it a little easier."
O'Neill was traded to Toronto from Carolina two weeks after his
brother was killed. O'Neill was in Toronto at the time of the crash
to attend a meeting in which the NHL players' association ratified
the new collective bargaining agreement with the league.
Lindros scored with 6:51 left to make it 4-2 for the Maple Leafs
(1-1-2). Lindros, a Toronto native, has four points in four games
with his new team.
He spent his first nine NHL seasons with Philadelphia and was
the league MVP in 1995. A bitter dispute with general manager Bob
Clarke led to Lindros being traded to the New York Rangers in the
summer of 2001. Lindros signed with the Maple Leafs after the
Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock pulled goalie Robert Esche in
favor of an extra attacker with 1:18 left, but the Flyers couldn't
cut into their deficit.
Backup Mikael Tellqvist started in goal for Toronto in the
second of back-to-back contests. He made 31 saves one night after
the Maple Leafs lost in a shootout at Ottawa.
"Hopefully, I can ride this wave a little and get a chance to
play again," said Tellqvist, who has struggled with the Maple
Leafs in the past.
Gagne said he was lucky to score.
"He played very well. He made some big saves, especially in the
second period," Gagne said. "I don't want to say we took the game
over, but we played better in the second. We had a couple of great
chances and he made big saves."
Darcy Tucker gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 7:28 of the first after
Esche couldn't clear a rebound
Knuble tied it with a short-handed goal at 17:47 after a Leafs
defenseman failed to check him in front of the net.
Toronto's Kyle Wellwood scored his first NHL goal by streaking
down low and converting a behind-the-net pass from Alexander Steen
at 4:16 of the second.
Gagne tied it at 2 with just over two minutes left in the second
period by putting a rebound past Tellqvist, who was facing a
barrage of shots.
The start of the second period was delayed for 30 minutes
after the lights didn't fully come on. Both teams returned to the
dressing rooms after skating around the ice. ... The Maple Leafs
honored longtime Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, who died Sunday
after a battle with brain cancer. His most famous call -- Joe
Carter's 1993 World Series winning home run -- was shown on the
video board. ... Flyers D Chris Therien missed the game because of
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Arena: Air Canada Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Eric Furlatt Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 19,391 (103.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Darcy Tucker (2)
Assists: Jason Allison, Aki Berg
Mike Knuble (2)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Simon Gagne, Wade Skolney
Kyle Wellwood (1)
Assists: Matt Stajan, Alexander Steen
Simon Gagne (4)
Assists: Peter Forsberg, Joni Pitkanen
Jeff O'Neill (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Bryan McCabe, Jason Allison