The Philadelphia Flyers were sailing along just fine this season until they ran into an old nemesis.
Philly was 4-0, with 31 goals for and just three against, Saturday at 8 p.m. Just more than 26 hours and two games later, the Flyers' record was a bit more human.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom the Flyers have played two classic Stanley Cup series the past two years brought sky-high Philadelphia back to the back with a one-two punch of a 6-1 victory Saturday night in Toronto, then 6-3 bouncing of the Flyers Sunday night in the Philadelphia Spectrum.
"This team seems to get up for the Flyers," said Roger Neilson, Toronto's rookie coach.
"Toronto dominated, us," said Flyer captain Bobby Clarke after Sunday night's defeat. "They beat us in every part of the game."
Kurt Walker scored the first goal for Toronto at :45 of the fight-marred contest, Ian Turnbull followed with a goal at 3:05 and Errol Thompson scored on a power play at 6:46.
Bob Kelly got the Flyers' first goal six minutes later before Borje Salming put in what proved to be the game winner at 17:08.
"I thought we were going to win it when we came back, but Toronto took its bumps, didn't lose its cool and was very responsive to its coaching," said Flyer coach Fred Shero. Canadiens 6, Rangers 2
Peter Mahovlich and Jacques Lemaire each scored his first two goals of the season to lead Montreal, the NHL's only unbeaten team, over New York. Sabres 4, North Stars 1
Defensemen Jocelyn Guevremont and Jerry Korab scored their first goals of the season to boost Buffalo. Penguins 3, Barons 2
Third-period goals by Hartland Monahan and Brain Spencer enabled Pittsburg to come from behind over Cleveland and snap the Barons' four-game-winning streak. Black Hawks 2, Blues 0
Chicago goalie Tony Esposito stopped 24 St. Louis shots in recording his 59th career shutout.It was the Blues' sixth straight loss. Jean Savard, on a power play, and ex-Blue Pierre Plante scored for Chicago. WHA
Bobby Hull scored the 47th hat trick of his long career and 19th in the WHA, and assisted on another goal in leading the Winnipeg Jets over the Birmingham Bulls, 10-3.