The Philadelphia Flyers falling behind early, but finding ways to comeback.
It almost worked again on Saturday evening in Toronto.
Trailing the Maple Leafs 2-0 after one period of play, defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored twice to knot the game at two.
After Mason Raymond and Braydon Coburn exchanged third-period goals, the game went to overtime, where Joffrey Lupul put an end to the chance of another Flyers miracle.
Lupul scored 2:21 into overtime, helping the Leafs to a 4-3 win, and handing the Flyers their first loss in four games.
After taking a cross-ice pass in low from Dion Phaneuf, Lupul put one over the blocker of an outstretched Mason, sending the Air Canada Centre into a frenzy.
Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, and Mason Raymond also scored for the Leafs, while Troy Bodie had two assists.
Timonen scored twice, his first goals since Dec.9 against Ottawa, while Jakub Voracek had two assists.
Steve Mason rebounded after a slow start that saw him give up two goals on four shots. Mason made 32 saves on the night, while Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves for the Leafs.
The Leafs scored two goals in a span of 1:17 during the first four minutes of the game.
Jake Gardiner opened the scoring for Toronto with his sixth goal of the season.
After a frantic scramble in front of the Flyers’ goal, Troy Brodie got the puck to Gardiner at the point, who then crept in towards the high circle.
Gardiner showed patience before finding an open lane and firing one through a bunch of bodies to make it 1-0 Leafs.
Mason was screened heavily on the shot, as all five Flyers on the ice had crowded in front of the net, making it impossible for Mason to track down the shot.
Nazim Kadri made it 2-0 just over a minute later, taking a pass from Joffrey Lupul in the high slot and rifling one glove side past Mason.
The Leafs outshot the Flyers 14-9 in the first period.
The Flyers were finally able to solve Bernier late in the second frame. With just two minutes remaining in the period, Jakub Voracek spotted Timonen joining the rush.
Timonen took the feed from Voracek and put a wrist shot past Bernier.
Timonen scored again 7:19 into the third period. After Voracek got the puck to the front of the net, Timonen was able to jump on the loose puck. He deked to the backhand before beating Bernier, knotting the game at two.
After Mason Raymond helped the Leafs reclaim the lead with 7:19 remaining, the Flyers showed their resiliency once again.
Coburn tied the game on a slap shot with just less than three minutes to go. It was his fifth goal of the season.
- Kimmo Timonen now has seven points (2G, 5A) in his last four games
- Every Flyers skater with the exception of only Adam Hall, Mark Streit, Jay Rosehill,and Jakub Voracek had at least one hit against the Leafs. They outhit Toronto 38-32 on the night
- Braydon Coburn had a terrific game. He recorded a goal, four shots on goal, three hits, two blocked shots, and a plus-3 rating. He led all players with 25:33 of ice time
- All three Flyers goals came from d-men tonight
- Jakub Voracek now has seven points in his last three games
- Nicklas Grossmann and Mark Streit were both a minus-3 in the game
- Steve Mason has surrendered four goals or more in four of his last five starts
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