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Lindros' Fire Douses Leafs

As far as Toronto coach Pat Quinn is concerned, the Philadelphia Flyers were lacking a little class around the Maple Leafs' net.

What the Flyers didn't lack was a scoring touch, with three goals in the second period for a 3-1 victory Monday night over the Maple Leafs.

"We've talked to the league about running goalies, and why (referees) won't call it, I don't know," Quinn said. "We're going to have to start running goaltenders for the teams who do it (to us)."

Eric Lindros, who scored his 40th goal of the season, said the Flyers won't make apologies for playing aggressively around the opposition's crease.

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  • "That's the way we play. We cycle the puck and rotate it," Lindros said. "That's how we get a lot of goals."

    "It's not finesse all the time. We have to crash the net."

    And as for Quinn's threat to crash the Philadelphia net next time around?

    "He said that last time we played here and we won (3-0)," said Lindros, whose goal was his 600th career point.

    Dave Babych and Dan McGillis also scored for Philadelphia, which won for the second time in a row following a franchise-record 12-game winless streak.

    The Flyers moved into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with Toronto, one point behind Pittsburgh. The Leafs have 12 games left, the Flyers 11 and the Penguins 13.

    Philadelphia outshot Toronto 18-4 in the pivotal second period.

    "Everybody played hard," said Flyers assistant coach Craig Ramsay. "We were determined to make something good happen, and the special teams came through for us."

    Toronto opened the scoring 10:54 into the first period when Mats Sundin scored his 25th of the season, deking defenseman Karl Dykhuis and beat goalie John Vanbiesbrouck over his glove hand.

    Babych got the Flyers' outburst started by banking a shot in off goalie Curtis Joseph's left pad from the side of he net on a power play at 8:36.

    McGillis put Philadelphia ahead at 9:17 by one-timing a centering pass from Rod Brind'Amour. Lindros made it 3-1 on a power play at 18:14, converting a behind-the-net pass from John LeClair.

    "In the second period, we just quit playing," said Quinn.

    The Maple Leafs came to life in the third period, but were stonewalled by Vanbiesbrouck. Steve Thomas was stymied from pointblank range early in the period.

    Philadelphia right-winger Mark Recchi left the game in the second period with a concussion.

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