Philadelphia at Toronto

Flyers 5, Maple Leafs 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Peter Forsberg hasn't scored yet for the Philadelphia Flyers this season, but it hasn't mattered.

Donald Brashear had a goal and an assist in the third period and the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Forsberg had no goals in six games, but he leads the team with 12 assists.

"I want to get a goal here soon. It's kind of frustrating not getting one, but as long as my teammates are scoring and we're winning games it's OK," said Forsberg, whose team improved to 4-2. "But down the road I have to start scoring too."

Forsberg, a perennial All-Star and the league's most valuable player in 2003, left the Colorado Avalanche during the offseason to sign a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Flyers.

He remembered one year when he didn't score until his ninth game.

But his line with the Flyers has 29 points. He had two assists against Toronto.

"As a line we played pretty well tonight. I'm playing with two great players," said Forsberg, who centers Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.

Knuble, Mike Richards, Eric Desjardins, and Branko Radivojevic also scored for the Flyers, who played their first game since last Saturday. They spent part of the week taking part in team-building activities at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Tomas Kaberle and Eric Lindros had goals for the Maple Leafs, who had their four-game win streak snapped. Lindros has seven goals in eight games with his hometown 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 lockout ended.

After Lindros tied it at 2 at 1:27 of the third, the Flyers scored three straight goals to put the game away.

"They got better in the third, we didn't," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.

Gagne put a rebound off Knuble and in at 3:46. Brashear tipped Desjardins' shot from the point at 6:07 of the third, and he assisted on Radivojevic's goal at 15:33.

"When we tried to play catch up we turned the puck over badly," Quinn said.

Kaberle's one-timer on the power play gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 10:46 of the first, but Desjardins tied it on the power play with a one-timer on a power play at 13:38 of the second.

After Toronto's Jeff O'Neill turned the puck over in Philadelphia's end in the second, Richards skated up the ice and put a weak wrist shot off the cross bar and past goalie Ed Belfour with 2:39 left in the period.

Lindros tied it at 2 at 1:27 of the third by putting a one-timer past goalie Robert Esche. McCabe recorded his 11th assist on the play. He is among league leaders with 13 points.

Notes

  • Quinn coached his 500th game with the Maple Leafs, joining Punch Imlach and Hap Day as the only coaches to do it.
  • McCabe leads the team in points and assists.
  • Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien returned after missing three games due to back spasms.
  • Gagne scored in his previous five games.
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Scoreboard
Philadelphia  (4-2-0) «1135
Toronto (4-2-2)1012
Three Stars
E. Desjardins
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
P. Forsberg
PHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
M. Richards
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:46Power Play - Tomas Kaberle, Slap Shot - Assists: Jason Allison and Bryan McCabe
13:38Power Play - Eric Desjardins, Slap Shot - Assists: Peter Forsberg and Mike Knuble
2ND PERIOD
17:21Short - Mike Richards (2), Wrist Shot - Assist: Michal Handzus
3RD PERIOD
01:27Eric Lindros (7), Tip-In - Assists: Bryan McCabe and Chad Kilger
03:46Mike Knuble (3), Tip-In - Assists: Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg
06:07Donald Brashear, Slap Shot - Assists: Eric Desjardins and Branko Radivojevic
15:33Branko Radivojevic, Backhand Shot - Assists: Donald Brashear and Keith Primeau
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:34Richards: High sticking - 2 min.
12:10Berg: Interference - 2 min.
14:39Belak: Tripping - 2 min.
17:32Lindros: Interference - 2 min.
18:53Khavanov: Cross Check - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
00:55Knuble: Interference - 2 min.
03:49Berg: Delaying Game - 2 min.
09:35Belak: Holding - 2 min.
09:35Belak: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
15:32Brashear: Hooking - 2 min.
16:34Hatcher: Tripping - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
19:27Wilm: Hooking - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Philadelphia9716 32
Toronto6135 24
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 19391
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Bill McCreary, Craig Spada
Line Judges - Steve Miller, Derek Nansen
 
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