Flyers left fuming

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Here in the city that once adored the Broad Street Bullies, the lack of energy shown by the Philadelphia Flyers in back-to-back losses to the Maple Leafs is cause for concern.

Especially from general manager Paul Holmgren.

"Absolutely," he said last night after his team's 3-2 setback at the hands of the Leafs. "Not about how they got away from us but how we started those games.

"We are flat. We have to have emotion. The emotion this time of year should be ramping up right now and it's not for our team.

"I know we have a little bit of the flu thing going around but guys were healthy enough to play tonight, healthy enough to play last night and it's not an excuse this time of year."

Goalie Martin Biron said the team is frustrated.

"It was a missed opportunity for us to get ahead," he said. "We could have gone ahead of Boston and got closer to the Rangers and could have put more distance between us and Buffalo."

STEEN MACHINE

With captain Mats Sundin leaving the game with a groin strain after just eight shifts, forward Alex Steen was shifted from wing to centre and, in the opinion of Leafs coach Paul Maurice, did an outstanding job.

Steen played almost 20 minutes, finished with an assist, racked up a pair of assists and blocked two shots.

GOALIE GAMES

If there ever was an indication of how the Maple Leafs goaltending situation has changed in the past 12 months, it could be found between the pipes at the Wachovia Center last night.

When the Maple Leafs made their final appearance in Philadelphia last season, Andrew Raycroft, then Toronto's No. 1 netminder, got his 23rd consecutive start. That game was played on Feb. 24, 2007.

Just over a year later it was Vesa Toskala who got the call last night in this, the Maple Leafs final 2007-08 regular season visit to Broad Street.

For Toskaka, it just happened to be -- you guessed it -- his 23rd consecutive start of the season.


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