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Bernier stellar as Leafs hang on to beat Flyers

Feb 27, 2015 - 7:06 AM Toronto, ON ( - Jonathan Bernier came up with 47 saves and Dion Phaneuf returned from injury to record the deciding power-play goal early in the third period as Toronto nipped Philadelphia, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.

Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel each posted a goal and one assist for the Maple Leafs, winners of two straight after dropping five in a row.

"We'll take the win but there is lots of room for improvement," Phaneuf said.

Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers, who dropped back-to- back road games to Carolina and Toronto after beating Nashville and Washington over the weekend at home.

"Some nights you're going to play great and get not points, and some nights you're going to play poorly and get points," Schenn said.

Steve Mason suffered the loss in relief, charged with the final Leafs goal on nine shots. Rob Zepp worked the first 25-plus minutes and gave up two scores on eight shots.

Toronto began the final stanza with a power play and cashed in when Phaneuf -- who returned from a 12-game absence due to a hand injury -- let fly from the right point through a Kessel screen for a 3-0 game just 1:22 in.

Philly made things interesting by recording a pair of power-play goals in a span of 3:17 late in the contest.

Giroux snapped home a Michael Del Zotto pass from the left circle to put the visitors on the board at 11:10, then Schenn made it a 3-2 game at 14:27 after Olli Jokinen was booked for tripping.

Mason was on the bench for the final two minutes, but the hosts carried much of the play for the rest of the contest.

Kessel gave the hosts a lead with 2:25 left in the opening period, beating Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman in a foot race and scoring on a blistering shot from the right circle.

Bozak was left alone at the Flyers blue line to take a James van Riemsdyk pass, break in and score inside the near post from the left circle at 5:33.

At that point, Zepp was pulled and Mason made his first appearance since Feb. 8.

Game Notes

Bernier's previous season's best was a 44-save effort in a 5-2 win against Vancouver on Dec. 6 ... The Flyers' plus-32 differential in shots (49-17) was the largest in defeat since a 46-14 shot edge in a 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Nov. 25, 1998 ... 49 shots marks the most in a regulation loss for Philadelphia since a 3-1 setback to the Penguins on March 26, 1991 ... Prior to the game, the Leafs announced the acquisition of injured forward Nathan Horton from the Columbus Blue Jackets for healthy forward David Clarkson.