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TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs won a game on Monday, but they lost goalkeeper James Reimer to injury in second period.

Reimer left the game with an apparent left leg injury after the Maple Leafs had taken a 3-1 lead on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Air Canada Centre, extending the Maple Leafs' winning streak to four games.

"Reimer has a lower body injury and we don't think it's that serious at this point," Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said. "He shouldn't miss any extended period of time."

He said more will be known about injury by Wednesday.

Dion Phaneuf, Colton Orr, Matt Frattin, Clarke MacArthur and former Flyer James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs (8-5-0), who are 2-4 at home.

Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn scored for the Flyers (5-7-1). McGinn's goal came with 32 seconds left in the game.

Reimer appeared to be hurt while making his 12th save in 13 shots. At the four-minute mark of the middle period, Reimer was helped off the ice shortly after making a save on a shot by Claude Giroux.

But defenseman John-Michael Liles, who helped Reimer off the ice, was not sure what happened to cause the injury. The first he knew of the injury was when Reimer began yelling to tell the referee that he was injured.

"At first I thought he was just yelling about something on the play," Liles said. "I really didn't know what was going on until he yelled continuously as it goes out of the zone."

Liles asked Reimer what happened and thought somebody might have run into him.

"He said he just pushed off and that was it," Liles said. "It's one of those things that's kind of a fluke."

Ben Scrivens replaced Reimer and saved all but one of 33 shots directed at him.

The goalie change came between the second and third goals of the second-period barrage that carried the Maple Leafs.

The Leafs were comfortably ahead 4-1 entering the third period when van Riemsdyk scored his eighth goal of the season at 1:11, cutting in front of goal before tucking in a backhand shot.

The turning point in the game came when the Maple Leafs scored goals 28 seconds apart early in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Orr's first goal of the season, on a backhand from in front of goal at 2:05, broke a 1-1 tie. Frazer McLaren and Cody Franson picked up assists. It was the first point of the season for McLaren.

Frattin notched his seventh goal of the season on a tip-in at 2:33, with Nazem Kadri and Franson earning the assists.

Before long, the Flyers also changed goalkeepers after MacArthur scored his second goal of the season at 6:15 on a pass from Kadri. Ilya Bryzgalov, who allowed four goals on 14 shots, was replaced in the Philadelphia net by Brian Boucher, who allowed one goal on 10 shots.

"At that point it was just to change direction in the game," Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said. "I really can't fault [Bryzgalov] on any of the goals. They were redirects and a guy left open -- not much he could do on them.

"There were a lot of good things that happened outside those six minutes. You can't remove that. Those six minutes were tough. The start of the second period was important."

Scrivens was sharp, particularly on a five-minute Philadelphia power play when he stopped Brayden Schenn, who was set up in front of the goal. That helped the Leafs kill off the power play that resulted when defenseman Korbinian Holzer was given a boarding major and a game misconduct at 13:31 for his check on McGinn.

"It was a huge kill," Liles said. "That's a big kill, especially when your starting goaltender goes down with kind of a fluke injury. [Scrivens] came up with some big saves. It was a big momentum shift for us."

"I think we gave up seven or eight shots on that power play," Carlyle said. "Scrivens went in and stood tall for us."

"That kind of changed the tide," Simmonds said. "We had our chances. There's guys lying around, guys diving everywhere and mad scrambles. Sometimes you get the bounces, sometimes you don't. I think we've still got to be better on the power play. We're getting a lot of chances here to get back in games or put games away and we're not doing it."

Simmonds gave the Flyers the lead 38 seconds into the game with his third goal of the season, a backhand on the rebound after a slap shot from the right point by former Maple Leaf Luke Schenn.

The Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski rang a shot off the crossbar later in the period, and Toronto tied it at 14:49 on a slapper from just inside the blue line by Phaneuf off a feed from Leo Komarov for his second of the season.

Reimer preserved the tie when he saved a short-handed attempt by the Flyers' Matt Read. Philadelphia had a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal after the first, and the Flyers finished with a 46-24 edge in shots.

"We didn't start that well when you give up a goal on the first shift of the game," Carlyle said. "We were fortunate to get out of the first period tied 1-1. That was out message to our players. We reached back and found some fire and came out and had a real strong second period."

NOTES: Luke Schenn played his first game in Toronto since he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Maple Leafs, who received van Riemsdyk. The 23-year-olds were both first-round draft picks who were considered to be underperforming with their previous teams. Schenn picked up an assist on the Flyers' first goal on Monday night. ... Injured Maple Leafs are forward Joffrey Lupul (forearm), defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (hip) and forward Mike Brown (shoulder). ... Defensemen Mike Komisarek and David Steckel were Toronto's scratches Monday. ... Injured Flyers are defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (concussion), forward Scott Hartnell (left foot), defenseman Andrej Meszaros (left shoulder), defenseman Chris Pronger (post-concussion) and defenseman Matt Walker (back). ... Defenseman Andreas Lilja and forwards Sean Couturier and Jody Shelley were the Flyers' scratches Monday. ... After a 3-0-1 homestand, the Flyers opened a six-game trip with Monday's game. Their next game is Tuesday against the Jets in Winnipeg. ... The Leafs, who were coming off a 3-0-0 trip, visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
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