Claude Giroux helps Flyers beat Maple Leafs 7-4
TORONTO (AP) Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia needed a little time to get up full speed against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Giroux had two goals and two assists, Voracek added four assists to take the NHL scoring lead and the Flyers rallied to beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 on Saturday night.
''I think we skated very well today. We were attacking, we were forechecking, we were backchecking,'' Voracek said. ''How many shots did we have? 40? On the road it's tough to do, but because we were skating and aggressive with the puck that's why we scored so many goals.''
Voracek has 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 32 games.
''The thing about Jake is that defensively he's playing very well for our team and that's why I'm able to get scoring chances because we're able to get the puck out,'' Giroux said. ''For a guy like me, playing center with Jake makes my job a lot easier and I'm pretty lucky to play with him.''
R.J. Umberger, Sean Couturier, Nicklas Grossman, Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, and Ray Emery made 21 saves.
Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, David Clarkson and Peter Holland scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have lost two straight after winning six in a row.
''We started the way that we wanted, we come out we have a great start and give them credit, they came back,'' Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. ''We're tied up and they just seemed to push the pace of the game and continue to play a harder game than we did. We took our foot off the gas pedal after we scored early and we just didn't regain any traction the rest of the game.''
Jonathan Bernier stopped 34 shots, and James Riemer made one save on one shot in 10:28 of relief.
Raffl's goal midway through the third gave Philadelphia a 7-3 lead to end Bernier's night early.
Giroux and Grossman gave Philadelphia a 5-3 lead after two periods.
The two teams combined for six goals on the first 16 shots in a 6:53 span of the opening period.
Lupul and van Riemsdyk gave Toronto a 2-0 advantage, scoring on the Leafs' first four shots.
After Umberger got the Flyers on the board with his third of the season, Philadelphia and Toronto scored three goals in 26 seconds setting a Leafs record for the fastest three goals scored by both teams.
Couturier tied it at 2 with his eighth of the season, Clarkson briefly gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 11:33 of the first, and Giroux tied it 11 seconds later.
NOTES: The Leafs dropped to 5-8-1 against teams below .500. ... The game was the first of three meetings between the two clubs. They will play again in Philadelphia Jan. 31.