Flyers Beat Maple Leafs 6-2


January 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — Danny Briere scored two goals to reach the 500-point plateau for his career, helping the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Danny Syvret, Dan Carcillo, Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk also scored, Chris Pronger had three assists, and Jeff Carter added two. The Flyers ended a two-game losing streak and a four-game slide at home.

Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs beat Florida 3-2 at home Tuesday night after dropping five of six previous games.

The game featured five fights, four of them in the third period when Toronto's Garnett Exelby and Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell received 10-minute misconducts.

Michael Leighton, starting his seventh straight game in place of the injured Ray Emery, made 30 saves to improve his record to 7-2-1.

Emery has missed the last 15 games after undergoing abdominal surgery Dec. 9. Leighton was claimed on re-entry waivers from Carolina six days later.

Toronto rookie Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots.

Briere put the Flyers ahead at 4:11 of the first period, 13 seconds into a power play, with a one-timer from the side of the net. He scored his 500th point with a slap shot from above the circle at 4:54 of the third period.

Syvret made it 2-0 with a slap shot from high in the slot with 50.5 seconds left in the period.

Carcillo made a brilliant move to score at 10:13 of the second period, deftly skating around a defender before going forehand to backhand for the goal.

Richards scored from the left circle on another power play at 1:22 of the third.

Toronto scored twice in a 49-second span in the third period. Kulemin converted a wrist shot at 4:14, and Ponikarovsky deflected Tomas Kaberle's slap shot at 5:05.

Van Riemsdyk made it 6-2 by redirecting Pronger's shot from the blue line at 7:08. It was the Flyers' fourth power-play goal, tying a season high.

The Flyers returned home after going 4-1-1 on their longest trip of the season. … The Maple Leafs went into the game leading the NHL with 1,442 total shots and an average of 33.5 shots per game. … Carter scored his 250th career point, assisting on Briere's goal. … Toronto C John Mitchell played in his 100th NHL game. … Briere has 30 points in 29 career games against Toronto.

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