After battling through three scoreless periods and an overtime session, Claude Giroux finally came through in the shootout to lead the Flyers to a 1-0 victory at the Air Canada Centre over Toronto.
It's a tough loss for the Maple Leafs who played with spirit throughout the affair. Jonas Gustavsson played excellent to keep his team afloat, turning away all 27 shots he faced in regulation and overtime.
Not to be outdone, Ilya Bryzgalov was spectacular down the stretch, stopping all 10 challenges in the third period when Toronto really cranked up the heat.
As expected the game had a very physical tone. The Flyers and Maple Leafs combined for 92 hits, 48 of them belonging to Philadelphia.
For the Flyers, the win is important for seeding purposes. With a playoff berth all but sewn up, Philly can afford the occasional off night but gutted out the victory. The story isn't the same for Toronto, who entered the day four points out of the eighth and final seed and now sees itself six points off the pace.
The Flyers will travel to take on New Jersey tomorrow night for the front end of a home-and-home series. The Maple Leafs play in Washington on Sunday evening, desperately needing a win.
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