Maple Leafs hold off Flyers 4-3 in weekday matinee

Dec 22, 2022, 12:49 AM | Updated: 7:41 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) falls to the ice near Philadelphia Flyers goal...

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) falls to the ice near Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

              Philadelphia Flyers right wing Travis Konecny (11) looks up ice as Toronto Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot (15) gives chase during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers right wing Owen Tippett (74) falls to the ice as he battles for the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Pontus Holmberg (29) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) watches for the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot (15) and Flyers right wing Owen Tippett (74) battle at the side of the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers left wing Joel Farabee (86) skates off the ice during his team's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs after an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers left wing Noah Cates (49) is checked by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano (55) as Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov (35) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner (16) and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) falls to the ice near Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander scored his 20th goal and had two assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Thursday night.

The Maple Leafs (21-7-6) have won six straight at home.

Mitch Marner added a goal and an assist, Michael Bunting and Calle Jarnkrok also scored and Ilya Samsonov made 16 saves.

“I liked this kind of game, a 2 o’clock game, get the kids out, and it was nice to get a win for them,” Bunting said.

Morgan Frost and Joel Farabee scored 1:23 apart for Philadelphia in the third to make it a one-goal game. Tony DeAngelo also scored for the Flyers.

“I don’t think his game was anywhere near (where) it should be throughout most of the game,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said about Frost. “But towards the end, he gets involved in a few scoring chances and we get an opportunity to try to win. Or at least tie,”

TIME TO BREATHE

The Maple Leafs are off until Tuesday, when they begin a three-game trip.

“Getting the extra time, it’s important no matter what,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said about the upcoming break. “I know every team in the league has their own things going on, and the schedule is not easy. So time to breathe, recover, and have fun with your family is important.”

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Flyers: At Carolina on Friday night.

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