Flyers Dominate Leafs
From the very first shift the Philadelphia Flyers demonstrated that this would be a much different night for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers handed the Leafs a thorough beatdown Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory. Both teams dressed AHL heavy lineups, yet the Leafs looked very slow all night. The Leafs blueline of Blacker, Gysbers, Franson, Komisarek, Finger and Schenn looked especially sluggish on the evening. Specifically Finger and Schenn who were exposed for two of the four goals against. Joe Colborne gifted the puck to Sean Couturier in the slot leaving James Reimer with no chance in the third. Wayne Simmonds also tipped in a point shot on the power play in an all too familiar scene while Komisarek screened Reimer.
Despite the lopsided scoreline Reimer had a great night, making numerous saves including a clean breakaway robbery of Simmonds in the first period. The Leafs unveiled their potential first line of Phil Kessel, Tim Connolly and Joffrey Lupul tonight, but it was a game to forgot for the three. Sergei Bobrovski recorded the shutout. A Lupul point blank shot and a Nazem Kadri wrap a round notwithstanding, "Bob the goalie" wasn't really tested.
Men of the Match
Leafs: Nazem Kadri - Was a bright spot for the Leafs, he was dangerous every time he touched the puck, and also threw a couple of clean bodychecks along the boards.
Flyers: Wayne Simmonds - Scored a power play goal in the second period. Although he was stopped by Reimer in the first, he showed good skill stripping the puck and outskating the Leafs for a clean breakaway. Simmonds will soon be a fan favourite in Philadelphia.
The Leafs and Flyers will meet each other again tomorrow night in Philly.
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