Leafs fall to Flyers, extend losing streak to seven

Flyers centre Claude Giroux (28) and Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf (3) chase the puck into...

Flyers centre Claude Giroux (28) and Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf (3) chase the puck into the corner during first period NHL action in Philadelphia on Friday, March 28, 2014. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Randy Carlyle’s Maple Leafs are mired in a late-season seven-game losing streak, last endured when Ron Wilson’s team opened the ’09-10 season by dropping eight.

While the current Leafs have seven games to go, they remain burdened by a lack of depth and cohesion and, on Friday, made poor decisions in the heat of battle. All knocks that would doom them in a series if they somehow did slip in and face Boston or Pittsburgh.

The Leafs had the required response to Tuesday’s flame-out against the Blues, but another loss to an Eastern rival, 4-2 to the big, brash and quickly gelling Flyers, opened back-to-back weekend games on the wrong foot. Another regulation loss at home Saturday against Detroit will take away even more of the Leafs’ control over their fate.


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