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  •   Late Goals Boost Maple Leafs Past Flyers, 2-1

    Maple Leafs Logo Associated Press
    Saturday, April 24, 1999; 11:03 p.m. EDT

    TORONTO – Mats Sundin knocked a rebound past Philadelphia goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck with 52.4 seconds remaining Saturday night to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory and level their playoff series at one win apiece.

    Both Toronto goals came in the last two minutes of the game and sent the teams to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Wednesday.

    Keith Jones scored for Philadelphia in the first period. When Steve Thomas knotted the score with 1:59 remaining in regulation, it was the first goal Vanbiesbrouck had allowed in 118 minutes of the first-round playoff series.

    Philadelphia appeared to have a two-game series lead in the bag. The Flyers had bottled up the Leafs most of the night with their conservative, defense-first strategy.

    Toronto had a manpower advantage for four of the first 5 1/2 minutes, but it was Philadelphia that again scored first.

    Mark Greig dug the puck off the boards in Toronto's zone and slipped a drop pass to Jones, who darted towards the center of the ice and whipped a wrist shot over goalie Curtis Joseph's left shoulder at 11:09 as he was being tripped by Chris McAllister.

    Thomas put a puck past Vanbiesbrouck in the second period, but it was disallowed because the whistle had blown before it went in. Play was stopped because Eric Desjardins was lying motionless behind the net after being elbowed in the head by Thomas. Desjardins went to the dressing room briefly but was back on the ice a few minutes later.

    Beating the Leafs to loose pucks and cutting off their offensive rushes in the neutral zone, the Flyers had slowed the pace of the game by the end of the second period, during which Toronto managed all of four shots on Vanbiesbrouck.

    The Flyers, who outshot the Leafs 25-21, would have been leading by two or three goals but for some fine saves by Joseph.

    Just when it looked as if Philadelphia would post its second straight shutout, Thomas sped down the right wing around Chris Therien, cut to the net and sent a low backhander towards the goal. Vanbiesbrouck went down and the puck somehow found an opening between a leg pad and the post.

    Notes: Neither team's power play had any juice. Toronto, which was 0-for-6 in Game 1, was 0-for-7 in Game 2. Philadelphia, 1-for-5 in Game 1, was 0-for-4 in Game 2 ... Valeri Zelepukin decided he could not play on the right knee he sprained during Philadelphia's 3-0 Game 1 win. Greig got the spot ... The Leafs used Todd Warriner in place of Igor Korolev, who broke his lower left leg in Game 1.

    © Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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