Young Guns Come Through
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Wednesday night to run their record to 2-1-0 in the preseason. This game was the third in three nights for the buds.
The Leafs avenged the 4-0 shutout victory that the Flyers earned the night before. The Leafs and Flyers again iced heavy AHL lineups, but on this occasion the future Marlies all contributed. The Leafs got two goals from Matt Frattin and singles from both Juraj Mikus and Joe Colborne. However only Mikus' marker was a 'clean' goal. Colborne and Frattin's first goal were aided by lucky bounces, while Frattin potted his second into an empty net. Mikus also added an assist to go along with a strong defensive game for the 22 year old. Tomas Hyka on a breakaway and Eric Gustafsson replied for the Flyers.
The game was marred by a vicious, and unnecessary hit from behind by Jody Shelly on Darryl Boyce. Shelly was immediately challenged by Jay Rosehill, and the two had a spirited tilt that left the Flyers pugilist bloody. Shelly was assessed a five minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct. Early reports are that Shelly will face further disciplinary action from Brendan Shannahan.
Ben Scrivens did not allow a goal in the first half of the game, while Jonas Gustavsson looked shaky once again for the Leafs. It will be interesting to see if Scrivens can take the backup goalie position away from Gustavsson this fall. Ilya Bryzgalov played the entire game and had an uneventful debut for the Flyers.
Men of the Match
Leafs: Luke Schenn - Along with defence partner Carl Gunnarsson, Schenn played a sound defensive game. Soundly moving the puck out of the zone, and keeping the Flyers on the outside for most of the evening.
Flyers: Daniel Briere - The Flyers waterbug was a threat for most of the evening. He clanged a wrister off of the post on a clean breakaway, having cleanly beaten Scrivens. For his first preseason game, Briere showed plenty of jump.
The Leafs will head to Buffalo Friday to face off against their North East Division rival.