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Moore, Antropov lift Maple Leafs past Flyers

Nov 30, 2008 - 4:00 AM
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov recorded a goal and an assist apiece as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Lee Stempniak and defenseman Pavel Kubina also scored and Vesa Toskala turned aside 28 shots for Toronto, which was 0-3-2 in its previous five games.

The victory was a welcome sight to Brian Burke, who was introduced as the Maple Leafs' new president and general manager earlier in the day.

Burke, who stepped down as the Anaheim Ducks' GM earlier this month, has agreed to a six-year, $18 million contract that runs through 2014, according to media reports.

"I think what Burke described this afternoon are words that would describe any hockey player," Moore said. "They want to bring competitiveness to any opportunity they can and everything they do. I hope everyone can continue on the path that they are on right now (and) improving everyday."

"Obviously our philosophies mesh really well, but we're sure to have our disagreements about certain things - which is good, because you would hate it and it wouldn't be good if it was just Brian and I, sitting in my office singing the Providence College fight song," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said.

Captain Mike Richards tallied twice and Martin Biron finished with 23 saves for Philadelphia, which fell to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.

"We made some uncharacteristic mistakes that we haven't been making lately," Richards said. "They seemed to capitalize on every single chance. I don't know what it is and I don't know how to point a finger at it. Mental mistakes today and they cost us."

The Flyers have lost 11 of their last 14 to the Maple Leafs, including five of seven in Toronto.

After the teams traded goals in the first period, Antropov regained the lead for the Maple Leafs at 2:55 of the second period.

Defenseman Tomas Kaberle blasted a shot from center ice that Biron denied, but as the netminder attempted to clear the puck, Antropov used his body to knock it down. The Russian alertly noticed the puck in his skates and tapped it past Biron for his ninth goal of the season.

"It's great to get a couple goals from different guys and everything is working and everyone is happy," Antropov said. "Vesa made some great saves. He's a great goalie and he's really turned it around. The other night against Ottawa just wasn't his night, but it's great for him to have a game like tonight."

Moore gave Toronto a two-goal advantage nearly six minutes later.

After serving a high sticking penalty, Moore exited the penalty box and collected a loose puck at center ice. The 28-year-old then skated in on Biron and tucked the puck just inside the right goalpost for his fifth goal of the season.

After Richards halved the deficit with the Flyers' NHL-leading ninth shorthanded goal of the season, Kubina regained the two-goal lead just 2:16 into the third after blasting a shot from the right point past a screened Biron for his fifth tally of the campaign.

"The goal we scored at the end was a huge boost, but we're frustrated though," Gagne said. "Toskala was making some big saves. On the power play we had a lot of chances, as I said, Toskala just played very well and made some great saves. He probably made the save of the game on me on a wide open net."






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    Flyers 2, Maple Leafs 4  FinalNov 30 1:43 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 1 1 0 2
    TORONTO 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 4 (DOMINIC MOORE) 14:45
    PHI - MIKE RICHARDS 7 (ARRON ASHAM, ANDREW ALBERTS) 15:20
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 9 (UNASSISTED) 2:55
    TOR - DOMINIC MOORE 5 (NIK ANTROPOV, ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY)
    8:4

    Nov 29 9:46 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 2
    TORONTO 4
    3RD PRD: TOR - PAVEL KUBINA 5 (UNASSISTED) 2:16

    Flyers 2, Maple Leafs 4  3rd - 17:44Nov 29 9:13 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 1 1 2
    TORONTO 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 4 (DOMINIC MOORE) 14:45
    PHI - MIKE RICHARDS 7 (ARRON ASHAM, ANDREW ALBERTS) 15:20
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) NIK ANTROPOV 9 (UNASSISTED) 2:55
    TOR - DOMINIC MOORE 5 (NIK ANTROPOV, ALEXEI PONIK

    Nov 29 8:48 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 2
    TORONTO 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - (SH) MIKE RICHARDS 8 (SIMON GAGNE, OSSI VAANANEN) 17:23

    Flyers 2, Maple Leafs 3  2nd - 2:37Nov 29 8:45 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    TORONTO 3
    2ND PRD: TOR - DOMINIC MOORE 5 (NIK ANTROPOV, ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY)
    8:43

    Flyers 1, Maple Leafs 3  2nd - 11:17Nov 29 8:29 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    TORONTO 2
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) (EN) NIK ANTROPOV 9 (UNASSISTED) 2:55

    Flyers 1, Maple Leafs 2  2nd - 17:05Nov 29 8:17 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 1 1
    TORONTO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 4 (DOMINIC MOORE) 14:45
    PHI - MIKE RICHARDS 7 (ARRON ASHAM, ANDREW ALBERTS) 15:20
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHI 11 11
    TOR 10

    Nov 29 7:54 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - MIKE RICHARDS 7 (ARRON ASHAM, ANDREW ALBERTS) 15:20

    Flyers 1, Maple Leafs 1  1st - 4:40Nov 29 7:44 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 4 (DOMINIC MOORE) 14:45

    Flyers 0, Maple Leafs 1  1st - 5:15Nov 29 7:42 PM