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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