Bernier chased, Flyers embarrass Maple Leafs at ACC
By Chris Savard
Heading into last night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs were 14-0 when scoring first. Things were looking up for Randy Carlyle’s home team when Joffrey Lupul and James Van Reimsdyk had scored before the game was six minutes old, to give the Leafs an early 2-0 lead.
Stoney Point - December 21, 2014 - Heading into last night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs were 14-0 when scoring first. Things were looking up for Randy Carlyle’s home team when Joffrey Lupul and James Van Reimsdyk had scored before the game was six minutes old, to give the Leafs an early 2-0 lead.
In the remaining 54 minutes, the Flyers would outscore the Buds 7-2 and began their eight game road trip with a 7-4 victory at the Air Canada Centre. Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux each had a four point game to pace Philly to the win.
Toronto’s loss ended a five game home winning streak and marked the second game in a row that they have lost. Things don’t get any easy for Toronto as they travel to Chicago tonight to take on the Blackhawks in the first of seven straight road games.
The ACC is playing host to the World Junior Hockey Championships and this has forced a prolonged road trip for the Maple Leafs.
David Clarkson and Peter Holland scored the other goals for Toronto. Lupul and Phil Kessel each had two points on the night.
With his four assists, Voracek moved into the lead in the NHL Scoring Race. He now has 12 goals and 42 points in 32 games. He is three points ahead of Tyler Seguin from Dallas who has 39 points. Giroux with his two goal and two assists has moved into third place with 39 points. Kessel sits in eighth with 36 points, tied with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
RJ Umberger, Sean Courturier, Nicklas Grossman, Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl scored the other goals for the Flyers.
"Our execution level as a group was way down," Carlyle said. "I remember three or four opportunities to make a breakout pass and we put it in people's feet or iced the puck by leading them too much. It was like the execution of the simplest things was a challenge for us after 10 minutes."
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier was pulled after the seventh goal and replaced with James Reimer with 10:28 to go in the game. It is unclear who will get the nod tonight in the Windy City.
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