Giroux, Boucher help Flyers get back on track

     TORONTO _ The Flyers, thanks to one of their best all-around efforts in the last month, increased their Eastern Conference lead to four points with their second straight victory, a hard-fought 3-2 win in Toronto on Thursday night.

     Despite playing without injured defenseman Chris Pronger, the Flyers ran their record to 3-1 against the Maple Leafs this season and avenged last week's 3-2 loss.

     Goalie Brian Boucher (27 saves) was solid, and Claude Giroux collected a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers.

     Giroux's 22d goal late in the second period gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winner. He scored from the low slot after a deft touch pass from James van Riemsdyk, who was just a few feet away.

     "I don't know if he meant to do it, but he did, and it was right in my wheelhouse," Giroux said with a smile.

      The Flyers have 90 points _ two more than the entire 2009-10 season.  It is their sixth-highest 67-game point total in franchise history. It is one point more than the 1974-75 squad, the last Flyers team to win the Stanley Cup.

         A look at the Flyers' top 10 teams after 67 games:

            Record             Year                 Pts.

1          45-7-15           1979-1980       105

2          43-10-14         1975-1976       100

3          43-14-10         1973-1974       96

4          41-14-12         1976-1977       94

5          43-16-8           1982-1983       94

6           42-19-6         2010-2011     90

7          41-19-7           1984-1985       89

8          40-18-9           1974-1975       89

9          39-17-11         1977-1978       89

10        42-21-4           1985-1986       88

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