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Video: JVR extends hot start, scores vs Flyers

Feb 12, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

Although Maple Leafs starting goaltender James Reimer‘s lower body injury cast a dark cloud over Toronto’s 5-2 victory, forward James van Riemsdyk left his first contest against the team that traded him, the Philadelphia Flyers, with bragging rights.

With Toronto up 4-1 early in the third period, van Riemsdyk was able to score his team-leading eighth goal of the season. The 23-year-old is now three goals shy of his 2011-12 total.

You can watch him slip the puck past goaltender Brian Boucher below:

The man Toronto gave up in the exchange, 23-year-old defenseman Luke Schenn, registered an assist, blocked three shots, and had two hits. Although van Riemsdyk will show up on more highlight reels, Schenn has been the Flyers’ most physical blueliner and ranks second on the squad with 30 blocked shots this season.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    makes it worse that it was schenn flat footed and bad angle….burned. in all seriousness though, coburn and grossman are to blame back there last night, not schenn. the fact that scrivens comes in and makes 20 something saves in the 2nd period alone tells me the flyers just cant buy a goal right now. that 5 min pk sealed the deal though

  2. lionsflyersandredbirds - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    It’s also worth noting that he turbo-boosted his way by Luke Schenn for that goal. Ouch…

    Gotta hand it to the Leafs though, they out-worked the Flyers in just about every facet of the game. This is going to be a very, very long road trip if we continue to play this uninspired.

    • 19to77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      JVR is absolutely shining in Toronto’s more north-south, speed-based offensive system, and he’s dialed his physical game up a lot. He’s charging the net more than he ever seemed to in Philly, and look what happens – eight freaking goals already. What a boss.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        Yup, most of his goals have come from using his size to get to the next and then banging in a pass or rebound. I like what I’ve seen from him so far and hope he can keep it up. Before this year the Leafs had been missing that big presence in front of the net since I don’t know when.

  3. 2jivecrew - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Seems all these guys seem to do better and accomplish more once they’re away from Philly.

  4. flyeredup - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The Leafs killed us on the JVR trade.

    • 19to77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      That was Homer’s shortsightedness and desperation. You know how he is – one, maybe two iffy years and you’re off the island, no matter how young and how much potential you may have. That’s why he’ll never build a Cup-winner. If his team makes it deep and loses, he trades half the damn forwards away.

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