Briere reaches 500-points as Flyers beat Leafs 6-2
PHILADELPHIA - Danny Briere scored two goals to reach the 500-point plateau and help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Danny Syvret, Dan Carcillo, Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk also scored, Chris Pronger had three assists, and Jeff Carter added two helpers. The Flyers ended a two-game losing streak and a four-game slide at home.
Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs beat Florida 3-2 at home Tuesday night after dropping five of six previous games.
The game featured five fights, four of them in the third period when Toronto's Garnett Exelby and Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell received 10-minute misconducts.
Michael Leighton, starting his seventh straight game in place of the injured Ray Emery, made 30 saves to improve his record to 7-2-1.
Emery has missed the last 15 games after undergoing abdominal surgery Dec. 9. Leighton was claimed on re-entry waivers from Carolina six days later.
Toronto rookie Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots.
Briere put the Flyers ahead at 4:11 of the first period, 13 seconds into a power play, with a one-timer from the side of the net. He scored his 500th point with a slap shot from above the circle at 4:54 of the third period.
Syvret made it 2-0 with a slap shot from high in the slot with 50.5 seconds left in the period.
Carcillo made a brilliant move to score at 10:13 of the second period, deftly skating around a defender before going forehand to backhand for the goal.
Richards scored from the left circle on another power play at 1:22 of the third.
Toronto scored twice in a 49-second span in the third period. Kulemin converted a wrist shot at 4:14, and Ponikarovsky deflected Tomas Kaberle' slap shot at 5:05.
Van Riemsdyk made it 6-2 by redireting Pronger's shot from the blue line at 7:08. It was the Flyers fourth power-play goal, tying a season high.