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Flyers rake Leafs, win third straight

By wire services
Published October 23, 2005

TORONTO - Peter Forsberg hasn't scored yet for the Philadelphia Flyers this season, but it hasn't mattered.

Donald Brashear had a goal and an assist in the third period as the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Forsberg had no goals in six games, but he leads the team with 12 assists.

"I want to get a goal here soon. It's kind of frustrating not getting one, but as long as my teammates are scoring and we're winning games it's OK," said Forsberg. "But down the road I have to start scoring too."

Forsberg, a perennial All-Star and the league's most valuable player in 2003, left the Colorado Avalanche during the offseason to sign a two-year, $11.5-million contract with the Flyers.

He remembered one year when he didn't score until his ninth game.

But his line with the Flyers has 29 points. He had two assists against Toronto.

"As a line we played pretty well tonight. I'm playing with two great players," said Forsberg, who centers Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.

Knuble, Mike Richards, Eric Desjardins, and Branko Radivojevic also scored for the Flyers, who played their first game since last Saturday. They spent part of the week taking part in team-building activities at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Tomas Kaberle and Eric Lindros had goals for the Maple Leafs, who had their four-game win streak snapped. Lindros has seven goals in eight games with his hometown team.

HURRICANES 4, CAPITALS 0: Former Lightning player Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist, and host Carolina fired 41 shots at embattled goaltender Olaf Kolzig in cruising past Washington.

Backup goalie Martin Gerber replaced an injured Cam Ward in the game's fourth minute and faced only 17 shots in the shutout.

RED WINGS 6, BLUE JACKETS 0: Jason Williams scored his first three goals of the season in the opening 16 minutes as visiting Detroit blanked Columbus.

It was Williams' first career three-goal game. Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk also scored for the Red Wings, who won their fifth in a row and have the league's best record.

THRASHERS 4, DEVILS 3: Marc Savard and Ronald Petrovicky scored 40 seconds apart late in the third period as host Atlanta rallied to end a four-game losing streak.

Martin Brodeur, trying for his 408th career win after tying Glenn Hall for No. 6 on the all-time list Thursday night, stopped 30 shots for the Devils.

CANADIENS 4, ISLANDERS 3: Steve Begin scored with 1:45 left in the third period to lift host Montreal over New York.

Miroslav Satan scored a pair of power-play goals for the Islanders.

BRUINS 6, PENGUINS 3: Boston scored four power-play goals in the second period and extended visiting Pittsburgh's longest winless streak at the start of a season to eight games.

SABRES 3, RANGERS 1: Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik scored power-play goals to lift host Buffalo over New York.

Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots to win his sixth game and is one victory short of becoming the first rookie goaltender to win seven in the month of October since Ed Belfour in 1990.

PREDATORS 2, SHARKS 1: Scott Hartnell scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 37 shots as host Nashville remained one of two unbeaten teams in the league.

WILD 3, BLUES 2: Brian Rolston had a goal to extend his scoring streak to five games, and Marian Gaborik added two assists as visiting Minnesota rallied from a two-goal deficit.

STARS 2, FLAMES 1: Marty Turco made 29 saves in his 100th win, and Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist for host Dallas.

SENATORS-PANTHERS: Florida's home game against Ottawa was postponed because of threats from Hurricane Wilma. The game was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 5.

HURRICANES: Carolina activated left wing Ray Whitney from the injured list. He has 205 goals and 330 assists in 13 seasons with five teams.

[Last modified October 23, 2005, 01:21:14]


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