Carter's hat trick leads Flyers to wild win

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jeff Carter scored three goals, Danny

Briere had a goal and three assists and the Philadelphia 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.

Carter's first career 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.

Five players scored in the first period as the Flyers made sure

they 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.

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.

Hartnell made it 4-0 with his 30th goal later in the first.

Carter scored on a breakaway 1:27 after that.

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.

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