Flyers Fall To Maple Leafs 4-3 In Preseason Opener

(via CTVNews.ca)

(via CTVNews.ca)

The Philadelphia Flyers traveled to London, Ontario on Sunday to play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opener to the 2013 NHL Preseason.

Head coach Peter Laviolette opted to start Steve Mason in net, but his night got off to a rather inauspicious start. After a bad pinch by Erik Gustafsson and a ineffective diving attempt by Hal Gill, Maple Leafs rising star Nazem Kadri was able to put the first goal on the board for Toronto.

Troy Brodie would give the Maple Leafs a 2-0 advantage after both Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros found themselves both behind the net, leaving Brodie one on one with Mason. Former Canucks center Mason Raymond, currently on a tryout with the Leafs, netted Toronto’s third goal. Mason would be relieved of duty with 11:56 remaining in the second period, stopping 12 of 15 shots.

Philadelphia would chip away at the lead, first with a re-direction goal from Doug Clarkson, younger brother of David Clarkson, who signed with the Adirondack Phantoms last week. Goals from Brayden Schenn and Nick Cousins would draw the teams even, but a goal from Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger late in the second would give Toronto the winning tally.

But it wouldn’t be a Flyers game without an injury. After the game, GM Paul Holmgren announced center Zac Rinaldo had an “upper body injury” and would be day-to-day after leaving the game towards the end of the second period.

Both teams have a quick turnaround, as half the team heads head back to Philadelphia to play the Washington Capitals, while the other half stays in Ontario to play Toronto.

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