NHL Round-Up: Flyers Extend Lead in Eastern Conference with Win in Toronto

March 11th, 2011 by Kevin McGuire Leave a reply »
The Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers may have stumbled a bit recently, but two straight victories have helped the Flyers pad their lead for the conference's top overall seed.

The Flyers held on for a 3-2 victory Thursday night in Toronto, dealing the Maple Leafs a critical blow to their own playoff hopes. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher made 27 saves while right-winger Claude Giroux scored a goal and added an assist in the Flyers' victory, avenging a loss to Toronto last week in Philadelphia by a similar 3-2 score.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the first period during a five-minute major penalty to Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek for shoving a defenseless Daniel Carcillo into the boards behind the Toronto goal. Komisarek's hit from behind led to an ejection from the game.

"It's a 5-minute major -- he cross-checked him in the lower back from behind in a vulnerable position," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "Whether the guy's acting or not, he did kind of a wishbone into the boards. We would expect the same thing in return."

Toronto (68 points) currently sits six points behind the Eastern Conference's current eight seed, the New York Rang ...

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