Penalties, penalties, penalties

TORONTO _ Flyers coach John Stevens preferred to talk about the Flyers' strong second period Saturday night, but that solid 20-minute performance _ which included two Danny Briere goals _ was wasted because of some poor late-game decisions. More to the point: The Flyers committed two late penalties that led to the tying goal and they eventually dropped a 5-4 OT decision in Toronto. The Flyers, who blew a late 4-2 lead, are 0-2-1 in the preseason. They committed an alarming 20 penalties for 60 minutes Saturday and allowed two power-play goals. Yes, it's only the preseason, but if this team is going to be a Stanley Cup contender, it better start showing a more disciplined style that it can carry into the regular season. * * * * In the stats dept., Briere, who seems to have regained the speed he possessed two years ago, was a plus-2. Randy Jones, Mike Richards and JVR were each a minus-2....Chris Pronger, who scored his first goal as a Flyer (power play), played a whopping 29:24. Matt Carle, his defensive partner, played 27:44....The Flyers won just 43 percent of the faceoffs. Faceoffs and penalties killed the Flyers last year and they don't look improved in those areas in the first three preseason games.....Briere won just 4 of 17 faceoffs; Richards won 12 of 21....Saturday's scratches included Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Kimmo Timonen and Ryan Parent.

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