On the back of unlikely hero Darryl Boyce, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their push towards a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.
With just under five minutes remaining in the third period Boyce dug out a loose puck in the Flyers zone, worked his way to the front of the net and stuffed a goal past Flyers rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
For Boyce the goal was just his fourth of the season and his first in 13 games.
“All these games are desperate right now and were looking for points everywhere we can,” Boyce told the Globe and Mail.
Boyce’s comments definitely echo the truth when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff race. After tonight’s win, while the Leafs remain in the 10th seed in the East they moved to within three points of the coveted eighth seed currently held by the slumping New York Rangers.
Unlike the Leafs who’ve gone 9-2-4 in their last 15, the Rangers have only one four of their last 14 games.
“We have confidence, sure,” Dion Phaneuf told the Toronto Sun. “But every game for us has been a playoff game for us the past few weeks and this is no different.” Phaneuf picked up a big goal in the dying seconds of the second period to tie the game at 2-2.
Reimer Continues to Roll
James Reimer was solid yet again for the Leafs in between the pipes picking up his 12th win and allowing just two goals on 30 shots.
After leaving the net last Sunday in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Reimer has started the last two games, both of which have been Leaf victories.
“When you’re the young guy coming in and you haven’t played a lot of games or any games you treat every game like it’s your last and so you’re working as hard as you can and playing as hard as you can and that brings a lot of energy,” Reimer told the media after the game.
Former Leaf Shines
For Kris Versteeg while his first game against his former team was a loss the news wasn't all negative. He was able to carry out a strong offensive performance potting both Flyer goals.
“I think it's a little surprising to see them play this well down the stretch here,” Versteeg told the Globe and Mail. Here's a team that really not much was expected from them. They've really showed the league that they're not going anywhere, and that they're forcing other teams to respect them.”