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Carter's hat trick leads Flyers to wild win

Apr 4, 2009 - 2:30 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Criticized by their general manager, the Philadelphia Flyers answered the challenge.

Jeff Carter scored three goals, Danny Briere had a goal and three assists and the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 8-5, on Friday night.

Simon Gagne, Randy Jones, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also had goals for the Flyers, who passed Carolina for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The top four teams get home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

On Thursday, GM Paul Holmgren made it clear the team's best players had to step up their performance after three losses in four games.

With his sharp words still ringing in their ears, the fired-up Flyers came out strong. Five players scored in the first period as Philadelphia made sure it didn't lose consecutive games to Toronto, which isn't going to the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Leafs won the first game of the home-and-home series, 3-2, Wednesday night.

"We were sitting comfortably in fourth place, and sometimes you lose that intensity," Briere said. "That was a wake-up call, and we responded."

Carter's first NHL hat trick gave him 44 goals. Only Washington's Alex Ovechkin has more this season.

Luke Schenn, Boyd Devereaux and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Leafs in the last four minutes of the second period to cut a 6-0 deficit in half. Nikolai Kulemin and Jamal Mayers also had goals for Toronto.

"We had some guys who basically mailed it in tonight and didn't want to compete," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "We knew that they would come hard."

The Flyers scored three times in a span of 4:38 to take a 3-0 lead. Jones got the first one on a backhander after the rebound from Briere's shot kicked right to him inside the left circle.

Briere helped set up the next goal by speeding up ice and sending a perfect crossing pass to the streaking Arron Asham, who quickly pushed the puck to Giroux. The rookie forward deked goalie Martin Gerber with a nifty fake and scored his eighth goal.

Gagne scored his 32nd goal on a power play, firing a slap shot from the slot through a screen. That was it for Gerber. He was replaced by Curtis Joseph after allowing three goals on nine shots. Joseph wasn't much better. He gave up two goals on five shots and returned to the bench for the start of the second period.

"It feels like playing soccer, the net keeps getting bigger and bigger, but you never know, you try to keep it close," Gerber said.

Hartnell made it 4-0 with his 30th goal later in the first. Carter scored on a breakaway 1:27 after that.

"Obviously, Homer said we needed to play better," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "It was a wake-up call."

With the son of one of the notorious Hanson brothers from the movie "Slap Shot" making his NHL debut, this briefly turned into a boxing match. Two fights broke out in the final minute of the first period, but the fisticuffs didn't carry over.

Christian Hanson, the son of Dave from movie fame, played his first game for the Leafs after signing a two-year deal on Tuesday. His father sat in the stands and drew loud applause when he was introduced in the third period.

Schenn's wrist shot from just inside the blue line started Toronto's comeback attempt. Devereaux scored on a one-timer 97 seconds later. Grabovski got a long rebound and slapped it past Martin Biron to cut the deficit in half.

But Carter scored early in the third and the Leafs couldn't get within two goals.

"I've had a lot of two-goal games. I'm just happy to get it out of the way," Carter said of his hat trick.






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    Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 8  FinalApr 3 9:46 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 3 2 5
    PHILADELPHIA 5 1 2 8 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - RANDY JONES 4 (DANIEL BRIERE, CLAUDE GIROUX) 4:24
    PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 8 (ARRON ASHAM, DANIEL BRIERE) 7:48
    PHI - (PP) SIMON GAGNE 32 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    9:02
    PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 30 (JEFF CARTER, MATT

    Apr 3 9:36 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 5
    PHILADELPHIA 8
    3RD PRD: TOR - JAMAL MAYERS 7 (MATT STAJAN, NIKLAS HAGMAN) 11:39

    Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 8  3rd - 8:21Apr 3 9:17 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 4
    PHILADELPHIA 8
    3RD PRD: PHI - DANIEL BRIERE 9 (CLAUDE GIROUX, DARROLL POWE) 10:07

    Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 8  3rd - 9:53Apr 3 9:12 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 4
    PHILADELPHIA 7
    3RD PRD: TOR - NIKOLAI KULEMIN 15 (ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY, JEFF FINGER)
    7:32

    Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 7  3rd - 12:28Apr 3 9:09 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 3
    PHILADELPHIA 7
    3RD PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 44 (JOFFREY LUPUL, MATTHEW CARLE) 4:37

    Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 7  3rd - 15:23Apr 3 9:03 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 3 3
    PHILADELPHIA 5 1 6 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - RANDY JONES 4 (DANIEL BRIERE, CLAUDE GIROUX) 4:24
    PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 8 (ARRON ASHAM, DANIEL BRIERE) 7:48
    PHI - (PP) SIMON GAGNE 32 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    9:02
    PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 30 (JEFF

    Apr 3 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 3
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    2ND PRD: TOR - MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 19 (LUKE SCHENN, NIKOLAI KULEMIN)
    19:48

    Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 6  2nd - 0:12Apr 3 8:38 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 2
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    2ND PRD: TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 2 (JAMAL MAYERS, BRAD MAY) 17:42

    Maple Leafs 2, Flyers 6  2nd - 2:18Apr 3 8:35 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) LUKE SCHENN 2 (NIKOLAI KULEMIN, IAN WHITE) 16:05

    Maple Leafs 1, Flyers 6  2nd - 3:55Apr 3 8:33 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 6
    2ND PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 43 (DANIEL BRIERE, RANDY JONES) 6:48

    Maple Leafs 0, Flyers 6  2nd - 13:12Apr 3 8:14 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 0 0
    PHILADELPHIA 5 5 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - RANDY JONES 4 (DANIEL BRIERE, CLAUDE GIROUX) 4:24
    PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 8 (ARRON ASHAM, DANIEL BRIERE) 7:48
    PHI - (PP) SIMON GAGNE 32 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN)
    9:02
    PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 30 (JEFF

    Apr 3 7:47 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    1ST PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 42 (DARROLL POWE, KIMMO TIMONEN) 17:50

    Maple Leafs 0, Flyers 5  1st - 2:10Apr 3 7:41 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    1ST PRD: PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 30 (JEFF CARTER) 16:23

    Maple Leafs 0, Flyers 4  1st - 3:37Apr 3 7:39 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    1ST PRD: PHI - SIMON GAGNE 32 (MIKE RICHARDS, KIMMO TIMONEN) 9:02

    Maple Leafs 0, Flyers 3  1st - 10:58Apr 3 7:26 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 8 (ARRON ASHAM, DANIEL BRIERE) 7:48

    Maple Leafs 0, Flyers 2  1st - 12:12Apr 3 7:21 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - RANDY JONES 4 (DANIEL BRIERE) 4:24

    Maple Leafs 0, Flyers 1  1st - 15:36Apr 3 7:16 PM