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Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 1

March 17, 1998

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Colin Forbes scored two goals and Ron Hextall narrowly missed his 24th career shutout as the Philadelphia Flyers beat Toronto 4-1 to extend their unbeaten string to five games Monday.

Mike Sillinger had a goal and an assist and Chris Gratton also scored for the Flyers (4-0-1), who snapped Toronto’s three-game winning streak.

Mats Sundin scored his team-leading 28th goal for the Maple Leafs, who had won four of their five previous games. The Flyers are still unbeaten in four games (3-0-1) under coach Roger Neilson, who replaced Wayne Cashman on March 9.

Hextall made 27 saves, including a pair of spectacular back-to-back stops on Steve Sullivan late in the second period. Hextall is unbeaten in his last six home games (5-0-1).

Toronto goaltender Felix Potvin had 24 saves. The Flyers scored twice in the second period despite being outshot 15-9 for the period.

Gratton’s 17th goal came at 9:45 when a shot by Janne Niinimaa kicked off Toronto defenseman Rob Zettler right back to the Philadelphia center, who put a slap shot from the right circle past Potvin.

Forbes made it 2-0 at 19:59 when he wristed a rebound of a shot by Sillinger into the net. He added his 11th goal at 15:52 of the third period.

Sillinger, obtained from Vancouver for a conditional sixth round draft pick on Feb. 5, scored his 15th goal in the third period. He lifted a shot high to Potvin’s glove side after taking a centering pass from Alexandre Daigle, who picked up the puck along the boards just outside the blue line.

Sundin’s unassisted goal for the Maple Leafs came on a breakaway, when he beat Hextall with a backhander with 2:46 left in the game.

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