TORONTO – Danny Briere scored twice and the Philadelphia cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs after building a three-goal lead on Thursday night.
Briere scored Philadelphia's final two goals to give him a team-leading 16 this season. Ville Leino and Chris Pronger also scored for Philadelphia (18-7-5). Ville Leino and Chris Pronger put the Flyers (18-7-5) ahead 2-0 in the first period.
Brian Boucher made 31 saves in the victory.
Mikhail Grabovski scored his third goal in three games, but the Maple Leafs (10-14-4) fell behind by three goals for the third consecutive game and second straight night. Toronto has trailed 1-0 in five straight games.
The Maple Leafs failed to respond to frustrated coach Ron Wilson, who blasted his players for their effort following a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The return of Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf didn't have much impact, but the defenseman forced a turnover and earned an assist on Grabovski's goal.
Even though Toronto fell behind again, the Maple Leaf had plenty of quality scoring chances. Colby Armstrong was denied on a point-blank opportunity, Francois Beauchemin failed to lift the puck into the empty net from the edge of the crease, and Kris Versteeg rang a shot off the post on a 2-on-1 break early in the second period.
By then, the Flyers led 2-0.
Leino opened the scoring just seconds into a power play at 11:13 of the first period, beating Jean-Sebastien Giguere through the legs. Pronger's scored with a point shot through traffic a little over a minute later.
More boos from the home crowd — a familiar refrain in recent weeks — started when Briere got his first of the night, taking a shot off the end boards and sliding the puck it into an empty net at 12:18 of the second.
Grabovski briefly restored some hope by finishing a nice tic-tac-toe passing sequence at 16:14, but Briere's goal 1:03 later restored Philadelphia's three-goal advantage.
A broken pane of glass forced a delay with less than 5 minutes left, and many fans headed to the exits early. Those who remained booed the Maple Leafs off the ice.
Notes: Wayne Gretzky was in attendance with his father. ... Mike Komisarek and Jay Rosehill sat out for the Maple Leafs because of undisclosed upper body injuries. ... Giguere made his second start in 11 games.