Leaf fall to Sharks, Fly­ers shade Devils

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TORONTO (CP) — Toronto Maple Leafs goal­tender Jean-Se­bastien Giguere will try to pay at­ten­tion to the Olympic hockey tour­na­ment when it be­gins in Van­cou­ver, but he ad­mit­ted he might not try very hard, say­ing be­fore Mon­day night’s game that he planned “to watch it from the pool there in Mex­ico — if they have it.”

He did not have to go very far for a free preview, as it turned out, fac­ing eight Olympic-bound play­ers when the San Jose Sharks took to the Air Canada Cen­tre ice. Giguere was beaten for the first time as a mem­ber of the Leafs, fall­ing 3-2 in a hard-fought game against the topranked team in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

Ryane Clowe scored the game win­ner for the Sharks with less than seven min­utes to play in the third pe­riod. Phil Kes­sel had a goal and an as­sist for the Leafs, who nearly tied the game with a flour­ish in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion.

Toronto man­age­ment had to scram­ble to fill out its ros­ter be­fore the game with word that two reg­u­lar for­wards had fallen ill. Cen­tre Chris­tian Han­son and winger Fredrik Sjostrom were both scratched with what was al­ter­nately re­ported to be ei­ther the flu or food poi­son­ing, and with the Toronto Mar­lies play­ing the same night in Ab­bots­ford, B.C., a full menu of AHL help was not avail­able.

The Leafs looked in­stead to Nazem Kadri, their 19-year-old first-round draft pick play­ing with the Lon­don Knights in the On­tario Hockey League. Kadri, se­lected sev­enth over­all last spring, ar­rived in Toronto on an emer­gency ba­sis, hav­ing col­lected 26 goals and 66 points in 42 games with the Knights this sea­son.

He made his NHL de­but on the very first shift of the game, fac­ing off against gi­gan­tic Joe Thorn­ton. Kadri took a reg­u­lar shift through the first two pe­ri­ods, head­ing into the sec­ond in­ter­mis­sion with more than 10 min­utes of NHL ice time un­der his belt.

Fly­ers 3, Devils 2

PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal with less than eight min­utes left in the third pe­riod, lead­ing the Philadel­phia Fly­ers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jer­sey Devils on Mon­day night.

Richards pushed Kimmo Ti­mo­nen’s pass from be­hind the goal past Martin Brodeur, and Fly­ers goalie Michael Leighton made that stand up. James van Riems­dyk and Jeff Carter also scored to help the Fly­ers rally from a 2-0 deficit and snap a twogame los­ing streak.

Zach Parise and Anssi Salmela scored for the Devils, who have lost 10 of 14.

Salmela left the ice on a stretcher af­ter scor­ing when he took a hard shoul­der to the face from Carter. There was no im­me­di­ate word on his con­di­tion.

Mo­ments af­ter his short-handed goal, a wris­ter past Leighton’s glove side that gave New Jer­sey a 2-0 lead, Salmela was struck by Carter as he skated by. Salmela tum­bled to the ice and re­mained face down for sev­eral min­utes, un­til the Devils med­i­cal staff wheeled him off.

With the Devils ahead 2-0, Brodeur al­lowed goals to van Riems­dyk and Carter 1:12 apart late in the sec­ond pe­riod. Van Riems­dyk scored at 18:24 when he split two de­fend­ers and wristed a shot past Brodeur’s glove side from just above the face­off cir­cle. Carter fol­lowed by tak­ing Scott Hart­nell’s cross-ice pass and slammed a one-timer past a tum­bling Brodeur.

Parise scored New Jer­sey’s first goal when his at­tempt to cen­tre the puck from just be­low the face­off cir­cle glanced off Chris Pronger’s skate and past Leighton. It came dur­ing a power play seven min­utes into the game.

NOTES: Fly­ers goalie Ray Emery missed his third straight game with tight­ness in his hip. ... Van Riems­dyk’s goal was his first in eight games.

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