Flyers even series

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1999 Playoffs

Toronto series


Maple Leafs

John LeClair showed up big time and scored two goals as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 to even the best-of-seven series at two wins apiece.

"We've been playing fairly well and the puck just wasn't going in for us, and tonight it was nice that we got some goals and we got the win," LeClair said. "That was the most important thing. We're getting the shots. We just have to keep pounding away. We just had to keep going to the net, getting the shots and eventually they were going to go in for us."

Philadelphia also received a big performance from defenseman Eric Desjardins scored the go-ahead power-play goal in the second period and added two assists.

"We knew we had to pick it up on the power play," said Desjardins. "That's what's going to make you win a series. We got to make sure we do the same thing the next game."

Toronto's power-play unit went 2-for-7 in the game, but failed to create even one shot during a two-minute, two-man advantage that bridged the second and third periods.

"That gave everybody a big charge," LeClair said. "Anytime you kill a 5-on-3 it's terrific for your team's morale. That was an important time in the game. Our penalty-killing has been terrific all series. They came through again tonight."

Philadelphia outshot Toronto by a 41-25 margin. The Maple Leafs only mustered four shots on John Vanbiesbrouck in the third period.

"We spent so much energy in our zone that we couldn't put an attack on them," said Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn. "They had free reign in the second and third periods. I know we didn't defend as well and we didn't play as well in a lot of areas."

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