Maple Leafs-Flyers: Still a Heartbeat in Leaf Nation with Toronto's Comeback Win

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IMarch 11, 2008

Sungin, Kubina and youngster Jeremy Williams scored third-period goals for the Maple Leafs in the comeback.

Kubina banked the puck out from behind the goal and had it go in off Flyers defenseman Randy Jones' skate for the game-winner.

The Maple Leafs are now seven points behind the Flyers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference heading into Wednesday's rematch at Wachovia Center in Philidephia for the home and home series. The Maple Leafs have a chance here to strike a comeback in their season as well if they can win both games.

Flyers goalie Martin Biron made 51 saves, after another wild night. The Toronto Maple Leafs now have a total of 176 shots in their last four games (51,43,40,42), but also only have 4 points to show for it. Though are still 6-3-1 in the last 10 games.

The Maple Leafs outshot the Flyers 13-4 in the first period but were down 1-0. Scottie Upshall opened the scoring at 13:26 after getting behind Leafs rookie defenseman Anton Stralman and taking a nice cross-ice pass from one of the newest Flyers Vaclav Prospal. It was the seventh straight game the Maple Leafs allowed the first goal.

Braydon Coburn floated a point shot over a screened Vesa Toskala with 54.8 seconds to play in the second period while on a power play to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Toskala finished with 22 saves.

The Leafs never wavered, and continued to work hard, as they have the last dozen games, even through games they haven't won. They showed a life line when Mats Sundin scored early in the 3rd period on the power play. When coach Paul Maurice decided to throw Ponikarovski back on the top line with Sundin and Antropov. Alexei Ponikarovski stood right in front of the net, allowing a great screen on Biron. Then Sundin with a shot all leafs have seen for over a decade of years now blast by Biron.

That's something the leafs haven't done in big games all season long and just recent versus the New Jersey Devils, get some traffic at the net. The only goal in the previous game was scored the exact same way.

The Leafs continued to buzz around the net scoring instantly after a faceoff win from Sundin, he giant went straight to the net. His faceoff pass went to Kaberle who passed it to Pavel Kubina, where he wired a slapshot past Biron.

The current KID line of the Toronto Maple Leafs who have been flying all night, then scored of a short side blast from Jeremy Williams, with less then 5 minutes left. 

 With about 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, Antropov deflected a pass from Kaberle pass the Philadelphia defence, and then went around the defenceman Coburn to accept his own puck. Himself and Sundin with a 2 on 1 chance, big Nik then got pulled down. Leafs getting a chance on the power play.

Paul Maurice called a timeout to get his top players a quick rest, and then as well time to contemplate taking Vesa out of the 4 by 4 for a 6 on 4 chance to revive their playoff chances. Leafs starting the powerplay, positioned in the zone, goaltender Toskala comes out and Stajan goes in. With the Leafs net empty, they start to fire bullets, bombs, torpedoes, and the kitchen sink at Martin Biron. The best opportunity with Ponikarovski with the loose puck in front and Biron on his back, he tries to wrist it over his head with the top half of the net empty. Biron makes the save, and the game goes into overtime. 

Philidelphia gained a point, and Toronto the full two points after the overtime goal by Kubina.  

Yes Leaf Nation there is still a heartbeat in your favourite team and we'll see tomorrow night if it continues to. 



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