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Leafs snap losing streak to Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs found the key to
beating the Philadelphia Flyers: Brian Leetch.

Leetch scored his first two goals with his new team, lifting the
Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Ed Belfour made 26 saves, and Gary Roberts added a goal for
Toronto, which had lost five straight against Philadelphia.

"(Leetch) has been around long enough to know that (scoring
goals) is not the most important job a defenseman does," Maple
Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "But, when you have skill like him,
you're going to get some."

Leetch, acquired March 3 from the New York Rangers, scored his
25th and 26th career goals against the Flyers -- his most against
any franchise in his 17 NHL seasons. He also assisted on Roberts'
first-period goal and helped the Maple Leafs end a losing streak
against Philadelphia that dated to last season's first-round
playoff exit.

The Flyers outscored the Maple Leafs 15-2 in three wins this
season. Belfour surrendered 14 of those goals and was pulled after
only 11 minutes in a 4-1 loss on Jan. 16.

But Belfour played well this time, carrying a shutout into the
third period and stopping several shots in the final minute to
preserve the victory.

"Besides taking too many penalties, I think five-on-five, we
were much better," said Leetch, who has 11 points in eight games
with Toronto. "We had fewer chances against and got the lead."

John LeClair and Kim Johnsson scored for the Flyers, who had
been unbeaten in their past four games.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead with 4:07 left in the first period on a
short-handed breakaway by Roberts. With the Flyers on a
five-on-three power play, a blocked shot by Leetch slid to Mats
Sundin just as Roberts emerged from the penalty box.

Roberts broke free and lifted a backhander over Robert Esche for
his first short-handed goal of the season.

"I thought the goal that really hurt us was that first goal,"
Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you have a five-on-three
back-to-back and you don't score and then get scored on, it takes a
lot of wind from your sail."

Leetch made it 2-0 during a two-man advantage early in the
second period with a low slap shot that beat Esche. He was screened
on the play by Roberts.

Belfour preserved the lead with several tough saves in the
second period, twice stopping Sami Kapanen and stoning Mattias
Timander on a 7-foot wrist shot.

Leetch added his second goal 4:01 into the third with a slap
shot from just inside the blue line that Esche badly misplayed.

"It's one you have to stop, but I can't dwell on it," said
Esche, who made just 11 saves in losing for the first time in his
last six starts.

With Esche pulled for an extra attacker, LeClair rammed home a
rebound on a power play for his 22nd goal. Johnsson took a pass
from Mark Recchi and wristed it in to cut the lead to a goal with
2:58 left to play.

Recchi and Tony Amonte had scoring chances in the final 30
seconds, but Belfour made a pair of saves to seal the win.

Game notes
Recchi played despite being a gametime decision after he
bruised his right foot Wednesday in practice. ... Toronto D Calle
Johansson played his first game since coming out of retirement
March 9. ... Maple Leafs D Ken Klee returned after missing four
games with an abdominal strain. Klee left the game in the third
period with an upper body injury and did not return. Quinn said the
latest injury was not related to the previous ailment. ... Flyers D
Vladimir Malakhov broke his jaw with 3:55 remaining when he was
struck in the face with a puck. Malakhov, acquired from the Rangers
on March 8, will have a plate implanted on Friday. ... Belfour
registered his second assist of the season on one of Leetch's
goals. ... Flyers C Jeremy Roenick, out since Feb. 12 with a broken
jaw and a concussion, received a standing ovation from the crowd
when he was shown on the arena screen. Roenick will visit a
neurologist in Montreal next week and said he hopes to return for
the final week of the regular season.