- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Riddick Bowe made the playful jab.

The Flyers delivered the knockout goals that left Toronto reeling.

Vinny Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored goals, leading Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday night.

The Flyers rebounded after a two-game losing streak muddled their potential playoff seeding as the season winds down.

With two games against Boston and another against St. Louis over the next five games, the Flyers need all the points they can get to stay in contention.

“(It) was a great opportunity for us to get back in the win column,” goalie Steve Mason said. “This was really a four-point night for us, since we get two and the Leafs lose out on two.”

Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk scored 4 seconds into the second, matching an NHL record for fastest goal from the start of the period. But the Maple Leafs’ skid reached seven games.

Lecavalier was dropped from a spot on the wing on the second line to his more natural center on the fourth line. But he also had the spot on the top power-play unit and scored in the first with Philadelphia holding a two-man advantage.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle might have to learn how to bob and weave. Bowe, the former heavyweight champion and a huge fan, playfully threatened on Twitter to knock out Carlyle with a loss. Bowe tweeted, “One punch between the eyes.” He also predicted Toronto would win 3-2.

Mason had 32 saves to wipe out that pick.

Bowe was seemingly fed up with Toronto’s seven-game losing streak when he took a shot on Thursday at Carlyle.

“If the @MapleLeafs lose tomorrow im going to knock out Randy Carlyle. One punch between the eyes #TMLtalk #Leafs #LeafsNation #BoweLeafsBowe,” he tweeted.

Bowe instantly tweeted after the final horn, “See you in the parking lot Randy …”

Carlyle was ready.

“I’ll have to get my posse together,” he joked.

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