Flyers beat Maple Leafs 4-2 for 4th straight victory
Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere, left, and Toronto Maple Leafs' Josh Leivo chase the puck behind Flyers' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 20017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Aaron Bracy, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:41PM EST
PHILADELPHIA - Sean Couturier scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Couturier and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist, and Travis Konecny also scored as Philadelphia snapped a six-game home losing streak. Scott Laughton added an empty-netter, and Brian Elliott made 20 saves.
Patrick Marleau and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs, whose three-game winning streak was snapped in the opener of a three-game road trip.
The Maple Leafs played without star centre Auston Matthews (upper body) for the second consecutive game. Matthews was injured late in the third period of Saturday's win over Pittsburgh when he collided with teammate Morgan Rielly and is day to day. Toronto dropped to 5-1 without him.
Couturier's 15th goal of the season gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead. Giroux set it up with a between-the-legs pass from the boards that Couturier corralled and shot over goalie Frederik Andersen's left shoulder.
Konecny's shot 5:36 into the third tied it at 2. Konecny blocked Andersen's clearing attempt, keeping the puck in the Toronto zone, and wheeled around at the blue line with a wrist shot that first hit the stick of the Maple Leafs' Dominic Moore before deflecting over Andersen.