Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs lit up the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 6-0 on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. 

Philadelphia chose to give former Maple Leaf Calvin Pickard the start in goal, and it turned out to be a disastrous decision.

Leafs winger Andreas Johnsson lit up his former Marlies teammate with three goals in under eight minutes, with Patrick Marleau also adding one in the opening period.

Johnsson’s first tally came only 4:45 into the game, when he received a nice neutral zone pass by Connor Brown, burned past Flyers D-man Robert Hagg and slid the puck five hole on Pickard to give the Leafs the ice breaker.

Johnsson would be back for more under two minutes later, blocking a shot by Christian Folin and splitting the Flyers defense with his great speed, creating a breakaway out of nothing, and yet again beating Pickard through the legs.

Patrick Marleau would then find the twine to make it 3-0 Toronto, catching the Philadelphia defense napping, as well as Pickard scrambling.

At 12:20 of the first period Andreas Johnsson would complete his first career NHL hat trick, pick pocketing Travis Sanheim and driving the net to once again beat Pickard five hole.

Pickard would see his night come to an end, giving up four goals on six shots in his return to Toronto.

Anthony Stolarz would be called upon in relief, and would do an admirable job the rest of the way, stopping 33 of a possible 35 shots, with Leivo and Tavares both adding a goal a piece in the second period.

Toronto would cruise through the third period and come out with a 6-0 victory, behind Garret Sparks’ first shutout of the season.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Next, Toronto will welcome Brad Marchand and the division rival Boston Bruins for a Monday night matchup.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be watched on TSN4.

More news from the ice

  • The starting goaltenders in this game both lead the Toronto Marlies to the AHL’s Calder Cup last season
  • James Van Riemsdyk was honoured with a tribute video in the first period
  • Andreas Johnsson is the eighth Maple Leaf to score a first-period hat trick and the first since Wendel Clark (Oct 11, 1986)
  • The Maple Leafs played in two penalty-free games in a week for the first time since February 1946
  • John Tavares has now scored seven goals in his last nine games
  • Early Monday, the Flyers announced the firing of their Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Hextall

Out of town scoreboard

Saturday, November 24

Washington 5 NY Rangers 3

Winnipeg 8 St. Louis 4

Boston 3 Montreal 2

Buffalo 3 Detroit 2 (SO)

Chicago 5 Florida 4 (OT)

Carolina 1 NY Islanders 4

Columbus 2 Pittsburgh 4

Dallas 2 Colorado 3

San Jose 0 Vegas 6

Vancouver 4 Los Angeles 2


More coverage to follow. Image from nhl.com

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