After going without a regulation loss for their first 22 home games, the Anaheim Ducks have been quite beatable at the Honda Center. Trying to avoid losing three straight there for the second time in six weeks, the Ducks cap a five-game homestand Monday night seeking a better defensive effort against Phil Kessel than they showed in the last meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anaheim (43-14-7) lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh in a shootout Friday night, dropping to 4-5-2 at home since Jan. 21 after a 20-0-2 start. The Ducks lost their first three home games in February before returning from the Olympic break with wins over St. Louis and Carolina to begin this homestand, but they've since lost six-round shootouts to two of the Eastern Conference's top teams.
The Toronto Maple Leafs resorted to their usual post-Olympic modus operandi in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, yielding the lead twice in the third period and salvaging two points as Joffrey Lupul scored at 2:21 of the extra frame at Air Canada Center on Saturday. Toronto jumped out front early on goals from Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri and thoroughly dominated the first...
Here are 10 things I think from the Flyers' 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday: Steve Mason was a bit shaky in the first 10 minutes of the game in that his rebounds weren't going into the corner, but directly in front of the slot and his defense was unable to find or clear pucks. Really like that coach Craig Berube didnt panic and use his timeout when the Flyers fell behind 2-0 in less than four minutes. After this week, the schedule amps up on the Flyers and they have raise the bar, as well.
In a coming week when their West Coast body clocks will be severely tested by time change, at least the Maple Leafs know their Bodie clock is working fine. Badly needed secondary scoring, especially with a post-Olympic penchant for blowing third-period leads, appeared in some unusual forms in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Troy Bodie, who has been taking a larger role as a big shouldered forechecker, produced two assists, including one on the goal that should have given Toronto a regulation victory with 6:26 to play. Braydon Coburn tied it with the finish line in sight, but with Phil Kessel’s trio silenced, the winner came from second tier left winger Joffrey Lupul, who now has three points in five games post-Sochi. His centre Nazem Kadri has now scored in back-to-back contests for the first time since late October and there were points from four of the seven defencemen coach Randy Carlyle used once again. Bodie’s two-point game was a first this year...
No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets Officer Bobrovsky stopped all 28 shots he faced, as Artem Anisimov’s goal stood up for the 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. That included an awesome save on Colin Wilson with 28 seconds remaining. No. 2 Star: Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs Lupul cashed in a Dion Phaneuf pass on the doorstep, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3. He earlier assisted on Nazem Kadri’s first-period goal. Kimmo Timonen had two goals for the Flyers. No. 3 Star: Tuomo Ruutu, New Jersey Devils The former Carolina Hurricanes forward set up Travis Zajac’s opening goal and scored the game-winner for the Devils, as New Jersey survived a Canes rally for the 5-4 win. Adam Henrique had two goals. Honorable mention: Tommy Wingels had two goals and Logan Couture had three points in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the shutout. … Ryan Miller made 26 saves and Patrik Berglund had the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues’ 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. … Erik Cole had a goal and an assist and Tyler Seguin had a 3-point night in the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Ales Hemsky and Jason Spezza each had three assists in the Ottawa Senators’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Tuukka Rask was perfect in the shootout while Reilly Smith scored for the Boston Bruins, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3. … The Washington Capitals scored three third-period goals to rally post the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2. ... Eddie Lack rebounded from a bad goal to make 22 saves in the Vancouver Canucks; 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Dishonorable mention: Mark Streit and Tyler Bozak were a minus-3. … Thomas Vanek was scoreless again for Montreal. … Paul Stastny played just 40 seconds before leaving the Avs’ game with an injury. … Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the third period following a collision with Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula. … Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty were a minus-3. … Raffi Torres boarded Lars Eller and was jumped by Jarred Tinordi, who was given an instigator. … Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after giving up five goals.
Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs view the first period as the most important 20 minutes of the game. That worked out well against the Philadelphia Flyers, even though a poor third period nearly wrecked the game for Toronto. The Maple Leafs blew two leads after the second intermission but managed to rebound and beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night. ''It feels good,'' said Joffrey Lupul, who scored 2:21 into overtime.
TORONTO -- Considering their poor start, the Philadelphia Flyers were satisfied with salvaging a single point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Maple Leafs center Joffrey Lupul scored at 1:21 of overtime, putting home his own rebound off a feed from defenseman Dion Phaneuf for his 19th of the season. Left winger Mason Raymond, defenseman Jake Gardiner and center Nazem Kadri had the other Toronto (34-23-8) goals. Toronto has now won two in a row after going winless in their first three following the Olympics break.
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Joffrey Lupul is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in the Leafs 4-3 overtime win over the Flyers. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com) With the help of two defenseman and unlikely sources for offense, the Flyers were close to pulling off another comeback. One former Flyer made sure it didn't happen. Joffrey Lupul scored at 2:21 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Saturday night from Air Canada Centre. Toronto controlled the beginning of the game with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of action. At 2:21 of the first, Jake Gardiner beat Steve Mason to open the scoring. Just over a minute later at 3:38, Nazim Kadri scored as well. The Flyers finally cut into the lead in the second as Kimmo Timonen scored with 1:58 to go in the period. Timonen would score a second goal at 7:19 of the third to tie the game. But with six minutes left, Mason Raymond added a goal that put Toronto back in front. Again, the Flyers respond...
TORONTO -- Center Joffrey Lupul scored the overtime winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday night.