(pictured: James van Riemsdyk had a goal versus Philadelphia, his former team)
Leafs scorers: Kulemin (7), Liles (2), van Riemsdyk (15)
Flyers scorers: Gagne (4), Voracek (16), B. Schenn (7), Rosehill (1), L. Schenn (3)
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Forward lines: van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel, Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin, McClement-Grabovski-Frattin, McLaren-Hamilton-Orr
Defence pairings: Phaneuf-Gunnarsson, Liles-Kostka, Franson-Fraser
Goaltenders: Reimer (Loss, 58:54 minutes played, 26 saves, 4 GA), Scrivens (0:00), (empty net, 1 GA)
Heading into Thursday’s matchup against the Flyers, the Maple Leafs were riding a three-game winning streak on the strength of winger Joffrey Lupul, the NHL’s First Star of the Week and scorer of each of the game-winning goals over that stretch.
But the loss of Lupul to an upper body injury he sustained in just his third shift of the game didn’t absolve the team from their lethargic showing in their 5-3 defeat to Philadelphia. Lupul was crushed between two Flyers players – Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill – and woozily headed to the Leafs dressing room with just over 12 minutes to go in the opening period.
In Lupul’s absences this season the Leafs players have generally shown some resolve. Tonight nobody did.