The Maple Leafs won’t care much if their 12 wins in 20 games represents their most at this stage in 20 years. They are trying to make their own mark as coach Randy Carlyle is quick to point out. And that starts with avoiding those dips that Toronto has become infamous for, the snowball that starts with losses such as their last-minute letdown on Saturday in Ottawa. But the Leafs did learn from that as Monday’s 4-2 win in Philly showed, despite some tense moments near the finish. Two of the players caught napping on Ottawa’s game winner, goalie Ben Scrivens and defenceman Carl Gunnarsson, came back with the appropriate response in a building that’s given the Leafs lots of woe. “If for every loss we can bounce back like that, then that’s the way we want to do it,” Gunnarsson told TSN afterwards. After dropping seven of their past eight at the Wells Fargo Center, Toronto scored first, worked hard on the penalty kill and frustrated the Flyers. Despite James van Riemsdyk going for a walk on the wild side on the same third-period shift, the Leafs held on to avert a second straight loss and what would’ve been their third in four games. It also marks two over the Flyers after a major trade the year before, a psychological step the Leafs wish they could say they have on Boston.
Maple Leafs avoid collapse against FlyersUPDATED 4:21 AM HST Feb 26, 2013