Maple Leafs surge past Flyers 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013
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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs had a rare well-played game at home.

Now they will have to wait and see at what cost.

Colton Orr and Matt Frattin scored goals 28 seconds apart in the second period and Ben Scrivens made 32 saves in relief of injured starting goalie James Reimer on Monday and the Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 for just their second victory in six outings at home.

Reimer had to be helped off the ice early in the second period with what appeared to be a left leg injury, pressing Scrivens into action. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says Reimer will be evaluated on Tuesday, but added he doesn't expect him to miss much action.

"Probably a good thing I'm not an overly emotional guy. I was pretty even keel," Scrivens said. "My first thoughts were concern for James. He's a friend and a teammate and you never want to see anyone get hurt so I was hoping he was going to hop right back up.

"Once it was obvious that wasn't going to happen you've just got to get your mind going and just try to get yourself ready to make that first save."

Scrivens made that save — and 19 more in the second period — as Toronto handled a five-minute Flyers power play while up 4-1 after Leafs defenseman Korbinian Holzer was kicked out of the game for boarding.

"It's always tougher coming in cold ... but that's the nature of the position — being a backup, that's what you've got to be ready for," Scrivens said. "You've just got to try to get out that and give the team the best chance to win and I was fortunate the guys helped me do that."

Carlyle, who started the season with Scrivens as his No. 1 goalie, praised his backup's play.

"(Scrivens) went in and stood tall for us and he was equal to the task and we were able to find ways to put pucks in the back of the net," Carlyle said. "I think it was three consecutive shifts we held them in their zone and made some plays and played with some fire."

Dion Phaneuf, Clarke MacArthur and James van Riemsdyk, against his former team, had the other goals for Toronto.

Tied 1-1 after the first, the Leafs took control early in the second thanks to a spark from their fourth line as the bruising Orr scored his first of the season at 2:05.

"It feels good for us to contribute and gives us some confidence out there when we can contribute in other ways than just forechecking and fighting and stuff like that," Orr said. "We're just playing a great team game and it was a lot of fun tonight in our building."

Added Carlyle: "It makes everybody feel good and feel good for those guys because they don't get an opportunity in a lot of situations to provide a lot of offence over the year. We just think they're deserving of more minutes and we even tried them on the power play, and that's a reward."

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 had assists on both goals.

Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn scored for Philadelphia. 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.