TORONTO — Colton Orr and Matt Frattin scored goals 28 seconds apart Monday as the Toronto Maple Leafs finally transferred their success on the road to home ice with a 5-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur and James van Riemsdyk, against his former team, had the other goals for Toronto (8-5-0), which picked up just its second victory in six outings at Air Canada Centre this season.
But the win did come at a cost. James Reimer stopped 12 shots before being replaced by Ben Scrivens early in the second period with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Reimer stayed down before being helped to the locker-room without putting any weight on his left leg. The Leafs described the injury as a “lower-body injury.”
Scrivens finished with 31 saves, including 20 in the second period.
Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn scored for Philadelphia (5-7-1). Ilya Bryzgalov made 10 saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Brian Boucher after MacArthur’s goal at 6:15 of the second. Boucher finished with nine stops the rest of the way.
Tied 1-1 after the first, the Leafs took control early in the second. The bruising Orr, who has been rejuvenated this season under coach Randy Carlyle, shovelled home his first of the campaign at 2:05. Frattin then added his seventh of the season in just 10 games since being called up from the AHL, deflecting a Cody Franson shot home just 28 seconds later. Franson picked up assists on both goals.
The Leafs didn’t miss a beat after Scrivens replaced Reimer a short time later as Nazem Kadri, who also finished with two assists, found MacArthur in front on a slick feed to end Bryzgalov’s night.
The Flyers had a chance to get back in it when Toronto defenceman Korbinian Holzer was assessed a five-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct at 13:31 for a hit on McGinn.
But Scrivens held the fort, including a big glove shot on Brayden Schenn in tight. The crowd at ACC, which has been criticized for its lack of emotion early in the season, saluted the penalty killers and then the entire team at the end of the period with back-to-back standing ovations.
Van Riemsdyk put the game out of reach with his team-leading eighth of the season on a shot that squeaked past Boucher just 71 seconds into the third.
McGinn scored with 32 seconds left in regulation for Philadelphia.
Coming off a perfect 3-0-0 roadtrip, which included a resounding 6-0 victory in Montreal on Saturday night, the Leafs came out with a first shift Monday that left much to be desired. Philadelphia worked the puck into the Toronto end and kept it there until Simmonds banged the rebound of a Luke Schenn shot home just 38 seconds in.
Schenn played 310 games in four seasons with the Leafs before being traded to Philadelphia in June for van Riemsdyk. The deal was viewed as a fresh start for both former top-five draft picks and reunited Schenn with his brother Brayden.
Philadelphia carried the play against the sluggish Leafs for much of the rest of the first period until Mikhail Grabovski, who was cleared earlier in the day of any wrongdoing in an alleged biting incident against Montreal on Saturday, hit both posts behind Bryzgalov only to see the puck stay out.
That chance seemed to spark the Leafs and Phaneuf tied the game at 14:49 with a one-timer off a feed from Leo Komarov that beat a screened Bryzgalov.
Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2
DENVER (AP) — Shane Doan scored his second goal of the game at 4:01 of overtime and Mike Smith stopped 41 shots, helping Phoenix rally for the win over slumping Colorado.
With time winding down, Avs defenceman Greg Zanon tried to clear the puck from behind his net, but it hit a referee’s stake in the corner and bounced to Kyle Chipchura. He quickly passed it over to a wide-open Doan, who shot it over the shoulder of Semyon Varlamov.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game-tying goal for the Coyotes midway through the final period as the team won for the fourth time in five games.
Mark Olver and Matt Duchene had goals for the Avalanche, who had four days of rest but still dropped their third straight.
Wild 2, Flames 1 SO
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout and Minnesota got its first road victory of the season.
With each team having scored once in the shootout, Koivu sped in on Leland Irving and made a sharp move to his forehand to beat the Flames goaltender.
Alex Tanguay was then stopped by the pad of Niklas Backstrom, sending Calgary to its eighth straight shootout defeat.
Kyle Brodziak scored late in the second period for Minnesota.
Jiri Hudler scored early in the third period for Calgary, which opened up a three-game homestand with the first in a stretch of six games in 10 days.
Hurricanes 6, Islanders 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Alexander Semin netted his 200th NHL goal and Jiri Tlusty scored twice and had two assists for the Carolina Hurricanes, who scored four third-period goals and overcame three deficits and a poor night of penalty-killing to send the New York Islanders to their fifth straight loss, 6-4 on Monday.
Semin got help on his milestone goal as his shot from the right-wing boards hit the helmet of Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic and caromed off the post past goalie Rick DiPietro at 5:33 of the third period.
Carolina tied it 3-3 just 30 seconds into the third when Semin fed a pass to Tlusty for his first goal. Eric Staal scored at 9:09 to make it 5-3, and Tlusty added an empty-netter with 10.3 seconds remaining to give him a four-point night.
Former Islander Tim Wallace and Jeff Skinner also had goals for the Hurricanes, who are 3-1-1 on a trip that ends Tuesday at New Jersey. Staal also had an assist to extend his point streak to eight games. Cam Ward made 24 saves.
DiPietro made just his second start of the season for New York and was in line for his first win since December 2011 before things fell apart. Even four power-play goals by teammates couldn’t bail him out.
Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Matt Moulson all gave New York leads it couldn’t hold. DiPietro finished with 25 saves, but heard derisive chants and sarcastic cheers when he made stops in the third. It was the first appearance in a home game for the oft-injured goalie, who has lost his starting job to Evgeni Nabokov, since Nov. 23, 2011.
Lubomir Visnovsky brought the Islanders within 5-4 by scoring on the power play with 8:28 left. New York scored on its first four advantages after a 0-for-22 drought the previous four games. The run ended soon after when the Islanders couldn’t produce the tying goal on chance No. 5.
Tavares cashed in New York’s second power-play goal when he flipped a shot over Ward at 5:23 of the second period for his seventh goal.
Before the goal announcement could be completed, the Hurricanes tied it again. Skinner matched Tavares’ goal total when Jordan Staal found him in the slot for a shot that beat DiPietro between the pads at 5:52.
But then the Islanders’ suddenly potent power play clicked for the third time in as many chances. Brad Boyes fed a cross-zone pass to Moulson, who was alone near the right post. He went down to a knee and pumped a shot past Ward at 7:46 for his fifth goal, but first at home.
New York survived three trips to the penalty box in the second period, including two in the opening 1:18 — surrounding one by Carolina.
Nielsen opened the scoring off a crisp feed in front by Josh Bailey, who recorded his first assist of the season in his second game. Bailey quickly moved the puck from the boards in front to Nielsen, who slid a shot past Ward at 2:48 of the first.
That was the first man-advantage tally against Carolina in four games following 11 straight kills.
Ward was otherwise strong in the period in making 11 saves. Carolina generated only six shots at the other end, but got one to pinball off sticks and a skate to get even.
Jamie McBain fired a drive from the top of the right circle that hit Islanders forward David Ullstrom in the circle on its way to the net. The puck then struck Wallace’s skate and was redirected into the net for his first of the season at 13:42. A brief video review was held before the goal was confirmed.
Blue Jackets 6, Sharks 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets had their biggest offensive assault of the season against the NHL’s stingiest defence in a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
James Wisniewski and Nikita Nikitin added goals, Cody Goloubef picked up his first NHL goal and Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu tied a franchise record by scoring 8 seconds apart in the third period. Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert each had two assists.
Columbus scored 43 seconds into the game, added two goals 1:11 apart in the second period and then scored three goals in the opening 5:45 of the final period.
Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who have lost five in a row after a 7-0 start.
The Sharks did not play like a team that flew into Columbus on Saturday and had only played one game in the last six days. The Blue Jackets had played four games in that same span and were in action at home for the second night in a row.
San Jose came in allowing an NHL-low 1.82 goals per game. Columbus was next-to-last in the 30-team league scoring just 1.92 goals a game.
The Blue Jackets completed a franchise record-tying six-game homestand with a record of 2-3-1.
In one of the wildest periods of the season — the teams scored three goals in 84 seconds — the Blue Jackets expanded a one-goal lead in the second.
Kings 4, Blues 1
ST. LOUIS — Jeff Carter scored twice for the first time since the Stanley Cup clincher, helping the Los Angeles Kings keep the slumping St. Louis Blues down with a 4-1 victory on Monday night.
Brian Elliott has been in net the last four games of the Blues’ five-game losing streak, during which time they’ve allowed 26 goals. Elliott made 19 saves in a surprise start a day after Jaroslav Halak was activated from injured reserve, led the team onto the ice for the pregame skate and was listed on the game sheet. Halak apparently tweaked a groin strain, although the team had no comment on the switch.
Jonathan Bernier was solid with 21 saves in just his second start of the season for the Kings. Los Angeles outscored the Blues 15-6 while eliminating them in five games in the second round of the playoffs last spring en route to the Stanley Cup finals.
Davis Drewiske made it 3-0 at 13:22 of the second period with his first goal of the season on a power play. Alex Steen scored on a power play in the final minute of the second for St. Louis with Andy McDonald earning his 300th career assist.
The five-game skid is the first since Jan. 2-12, 2011, for the Blues, who began the season 6-1. It’s their first five-game losing streak at home since Jan. 23-Feb. 6, 2010.
Carter tapped in a backhander on a break-in with Slava Voynov at 8:31 of the first, just the Kings’ fifth first-period goal of the season, then got behind defenceman Ian Cole for his sixth of the season early in the second. Drewiske was wide open in the slot off a feed from Dustin Brown.
The Kings are 89-1-10 their last 100 games when leading after two periods, and got insurance on Jarrett Stoll’s second goal of the season that made it 4-1 early in the third. Voynov earned his second assist on the play.
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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (left) reacts after letting in his fourth goal as Toronto Maple Leafs Michael Kostka (right) and Nazem Kadri celebrate during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Monday February 11, 2013.
Photograph by: Chris Young, THE CANADIAN PRESS