|Date of game: 10/2/2013
Recap: Philadelphia vs. Toronto
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dave Bolland scored twice, including the winner early in the third period, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs took down the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, on Wednesday.
Bolland, whose last tally was the Stanley Cup-winner for Chicago late in regulation of the deciding Game 6 in Boston, was shipped north of the border in a draft-day deal for two picks in 2013 and one in 2014.
Bernier made his first start for the Leafs, after being acquired from Los Angeles in late June for two players and a draft pick.
Phil Kessel added a score and Joffrey Lupul picked up a pair of assists for the Maple Leafs, who won both of their back-to-back road games to begin their 2013-14 schedule.
Steve Mason made 22 saves in defeat for the Flyers, who received a first- period power-play strike from Brayden Schenn but came up empty on six other opportunities.
"We had a lot of opportunities on the power play and the guys were working hard to generate and Toronto did a good job making sure that the pucks that were on net, Bernier had a good look at them, and if there were rebounds they were doing a good job getting them out of there," Mason said.
Vincent Lecavalier earned his first Philadelphia point with the primary assist, while defenseman Mark Streit's secondary helper was his first point for the hosts. Both players were snagged on the free-agent market, with the Flyers inking the former to a 5-year deal worth $22.5 million and the latter to a $21 million pact over four seasons.
The Leafs assumed a 2-1 edge with 2 1/2 minutes played in the third, as Bolland earned his first score as a Leaf by flipping home a Lupul feed from the low slot.
Philly then came up empty on two successive chances with the advantage.
Mason was sent to the bench for an extra skater with under 90 seconds to play, but any comeback attempt was derailed on a late hooking minor to Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
Bolland then converted on a low shot from the right side with 22.5 on the clock to seal the victory.
After coming up empty on two early power-play chances, the Flyers cashed in on their third. Lecavalier moved behind Bernier from right to left and dished in front, where Schenn potted it inside the near post with 7.8 seconds left in the first period.
Toronto equalized with 2:54 remaining in the second. Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf picked off an errant pass in the neutral zone, skated over the blue line and unleashed a low, knuckling shot. Mason misplayed the rebound into the slot, where a trailing Kessel lifted it home.
"We were lucky just to get out (of the first period) and then we got our game going. After that we started playing the type of hockey that you have to play and we know we can play," Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said.
Wayne Simmonds was hauled down from behind by Toronto defenseman Paul Ranger as he cut from the right wing into the slot with 3.1 seconds left in the frame and drew a penalty shot.
Bernier was equal, as Simmonds opted for the five-hole but was denied to keep it a 1-1 deadlock heading to the final 20 minutes.Game Notes
Toronto has killed 11 of 12 short-handed situations this season, after being
the second-ranked penalty-killing unit last season ... The Flyers had opened
a season against the Leafs only once previously in their 46-year history, a
2-0 shutout at the Spectrum on Oct. 11, 1973 with Bernie Parent making 28
saves ... Simmonds' penalty shot was the Flyers' first since Danny Briere
missed against Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers on January 2, 2012 ...
Philadelphia has dropped its last four season openers at home, with the last
win a 2-0 decision vs. Buffalo on Oct. 9, 2003 ... The Flyers fell to 15-11-3
all-time in season openers on home ice.