Maple Leafs Pick the Flyers Apart

Tonight’s big matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers is the second of three matchups of the season and the last game of Flyers coach John Tortorella’s suspension. After the first period, I am sure some fist-shaped holes could be found in his house. Assistant coaches Brad Shaw, Rocky Thompson, and Darryl Williams reran the Flyers’ bench. The Toronto Maple Leafs pick the Philadelphia Flyers apart on Thursday night,

Sam Errson did not fare well this evening. He only made it one period. Errson let up three goals on 12 opportunities. He seemed off his game tonight. He only played tentative defense, and Toronto gave him fits in the net. Felix Sandstrom definitely turned the tide of the energy flow at Wells Fargo when he entered the second period. It only lasted the second period.

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All Leafs, All Period

The Leafs strike early in the first period. Toronto weaves the puck around the depleted Flyers’ defense, with Auston Matthews sending a backhand pass to William Nylander. Nylander rips a shot from the middle of the faceoff circle, and Tyler Bertuzzi redirects it past Sam Errson. Eight minutes later, Pontus Holmberg adds to the Leafs’ lead. It was a quick score off the faceoff after a few bad puck bounces for Philly.

A hand pass negates the possible third goal of the game, but not for long. This could have been Tyler Bertuzzi’s second of the game. After stemming the Flyers’ powerplay, Toronto breaks down the ice with numbers, with Timothy Liljergen ripping one past Sam Errson for the game’s third goal. The Flyers go to the end of the period looking to regroup.

Felix to the Rescue

Flyers found some life at the beginning of the second period. They find the elusive powerplay goal. (Philly is 1 for the last 16 opportunities.) Morgan Frost rips a shot towards the net and misses to the left. Owen Tippett sneaks the puck past Leafts netminder LLya Samsonov on the glove side. Flyers cut the lead 3-1.

Felix Sandstrom replaces Sam Errson in the net at the beginning of the second period. Felix makes some fantastic saves in the second period, keeping the Leafs at three after shutting out the period. He stops 7 for 7 in the second. All seven were not easy. Toronto did not slow down, but Philly changed the momentum with a change in the netminder.

Speed Kills…the Flyers

Sandstrom tried to bring the momentum to the third period. Unfortunately, the power and speed of the Maple Leafs overpowered the Flyer’s defense. Leafs center Auston Matthews makes it a league-leading 55 goals on the season with assists from Holmberg and Lybushkin. Only 8 seconds later, Toronto’s William Nylander tacked another goal, putting the Leafs up 5-1 with 15 minutes left. The Flyer’s defense was outplayed and out-skilled, and it showed. Matthew Knies and the Toronto offense scored six goals that night. Flyers fought even with three players without sticks and one guy without a skate, but Maple Leafs were too much for Philly.

At the end of the game, Tyson Foerster scored a short-handed goal for the Flyers. It is Philly’s 15th of the season. It was a bit of garbage time hockey, especially after 12 different Maple Leafs recorded at least a point on the night. The Flyers are 0-1-1 against Toronto and face it again in five days at the Wells Fargo Center. They’re 0-7-1 and have been outscored 39-17 in their last eight matchups with the Maple Leafs.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.

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