Bozak, Andersen shine in win over Flyers

The Leafs earned an all-important two points, outlasting the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Thursday night for their second win in a row.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen had a sensational 36-save effort in the victory. A key moment in the game occurred in the second period when the Leafs were caught on an odd-man rush. Andersen made consecutive, point-blank saves on Flyers attackers Brayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto.

Then, Tyler Bozak led the ensuing rush the other way and – after stickhandling the length of the ice – fired the puck past Philadelphia goalie Michal Neuvirth, making the score 2-0 at the time.

“Everything kind of worked out at the time,” Bozak said. “It was just nice to get that one and get a lead. At the end, I was happy we were able to hang on to it and win.” The Leafs centre had been a game-time decision and confirmed his availability only after taking the pre-game skate.

William Nylander and Mitch Marner each had power play goals for Toronto; both players shooting the puck with pin-point accuracy to find the back of the net.

“He’s got a great shot,” Marner said of his teammate Nylander. “I think he fools a lot of guys who really don’t know how hard his shot is. He’s got a lot of deception in it and he showed it again tonight.”

Nazem Kadri rounded out the scoring into an empty net.

Toronto kicks off a three-game road trip beginning Saturday in Carolina.

Forwards
van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Marner
Komarov-Kadri- Nylander
Hyman-Matthews- Brown
Martin-Boyle-Soshnikov

Defence
Zaitsev-Rielly
Hunwick-Polak
Marchenko-Gardiner

Goalies
Andersen
McElhinney