Flyers-Leafs: Briere, Carter Help Philadelphia Skate Past Toronto

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IApril 3, 2009

Danny Briere had a goal and three assists and Jeff Carter recorded his first career hat trick to lift the Philadelphia Flyers over the Toronto Maple Leafs, 8-5, on Friday night at the Wachovia Center.

Entering the game trailing the Carolina Hurricanes by one point for the fourth seed in the East, the Flyers responded to the comments from their General Manager, Paul Holmgren, jumping out to a quick start.

The Flyers scored five goals in the opening stanza, scoring three of them against goalkeeper Martin Gerber and two against Curtis Joseph.

Seven different players had a multi-point game for Philadelphia.

The combo of Claude Giroux, Aaron Asham and Briere were electric throughout the contest, dazzling the eyes of the fans. 

Giroux finished with a goal and two assists, he has six points in his last three games, and Asham had an assist.

It's evident Philly has something special with Giroux, and it's also clear as day Briere and Giroux have the chemistry that Briere has not had with the Flyers.

In 37 games played this year, Giroux has eight goals and 18 assists.

Carter was one of the players that Holmgren singled-out. Carter responded greatly with a four point night.  Carter tallied his first three-goal game of his career, and that's surprising considering he is second in the league with 44 goals.

If you look at the number of goals Toronto scored, you would immediately think "wow, Martin Biron played horrible".  However, that is not the case.

Biron allowed five goals on 32 shots he faced, those aren't very good numbers at all, but the team in front of him stopped playing after they scored some goals and let the Leafs get back into the game.

Scott Hartnell became the third Flyer to score 30 goals on the year, the first time since the 1997-98 year in which they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Simon Gagne scored a power play goal and Randy Jones opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the year.

Boyd Devereaux, Mikhail Grabovsky, Nikolai Kulemin, Jamal Mayers and Luke Schenn were the goal scorers for the Leafs.

The Flyers head up to Ottawa to face off against the Senators tomorrow night, looking for two more points to inch their way closer to clinching a playoff berth.  The Flyers only need four more points to clinch.