PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- While Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bob Clarke is glad one former member of the "Legion of Doom" line is gone, he may wish he still had another.
Mikael Renberg scored with 5:39 left and Alexander Mogilny completed his first career playoff hat trick with an empty-net tally as the Toronto Maple Leafs posted a 5-3 victory over the Flyers in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Once teamed with John LeClair and Eric Lindros to form one of hockey's most dominant lines, Renberg led the Maple Leafs during the regular season with three goals against his former team. But none was as important as his power-play tally late in the third period that snapped a 3-3 tie.
Philadelphia enforcer Donald Brashear was penalized for boarding defenseman Aki Berg with 6:09 left, giving Toronto a crucial man advantage.
"I was coming off the boards and he had his back turned," Brashear said. "I just clipped his shoulder a bit. (The referee) made the call and gave me a penalty. Sometimes they let that go, it depends on the referee. It's not like I hit him in the middle of the back."
Defenseman Tomas Kaberle carried into the Philadelphia zone and drifted to the top of the right faceoff circle before unleashing a shot. AAlone in the slot, Renberg deflected the puck between the pads of goaltender Roman Cechmanek for his 16th career postseason goal.
"Kaberle got the puck on the right-hand side," Renberg said. "I just tried to go to the net and wait for either the pass or the shot. He played it perfectly. I just had to put the stick on the puck, and it went in."
A former 70-goal scorer, Mogilny struck twice in a four-minute span midway through the first before completing the hat trick with 52 seconds remaining.
"It doesn't mean anything personally if we don't get the win," Mogilny said. "There were no real keys to my scoring. We were able to take advantage of some turnovers. Some nights they go in, some nights they don't. If we didn't score those goals early, who knows what would have happened?" Ed Belfour turned aside 28 shots to post his 80th career playoff win, tying him with Leafs vice president Ken Dryden for fourth place on the all-time list.
"It's always nice to get the win," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "We played a pretty solid game in the first period. They dominated us in the second period and Eddie kept us in the game. We were able to get the goals at key times, and that might have been the difference tonight."
Tough guy Tie Domi also scored for Toronto, which lost center Nik Antropov and right wing Darcy Tucker to injuries.
"It does appear that Nik broke that bone that (Phil) Housley broke," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said, referring to the fractured foot his defenseman suffered in February. "With Tucker, we'll do an MRI tomorrow and see how extensive the damage was there."
Defensemen Eric Weinrich and Eric Desjardins and Brashear tallied for the Flyers, who scored more than one goal for the first time in their last seven postseason contests.
While shorthanded, the Maple Leafs capitalized on a lucky bounce to take a 1-0 lead.
Sami Kapanen failed to keep the puck in at the right point, allowing Sundin to gather it along the left boards and lead a 2-on-1. Sundin passed across the slot to Mogilny, whose shot from the right side deflected off Cechmanek at 8:10 for his 33rd playoff goal.
But with one second left on defenseman Robert Svehla's holding penalty, Weinrich threw a shot from the top of the left circle over Belfour's left shoulder to tie it, 1-1.
Cechmanek kept it deadlocked, making a stop on Antropov's 2-on-1 chance with 8 1/2 minutes left, before Mogilny wristed a shot from the high slot that found the top right corner of the net through a screen at 12:10.
Philadelphia nearly drew even with 5:23 remaining, but defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson's left point shot hit the crossbar.
The Leafs upped their lead to 3-1 at 3:12 of the second, when Domi grabbed a loose puck in the slot and banked one of Toronto's two shots of the period off defenseman Kim Johnsson and past Cechmanek.
After squandering two-goal leads in five of eight games down the stretch in the regular season, Toronto continued the trend.
Off a faceoff in the Leafs' zone, Brashear pushed the puck to Dmitry Yushkevich at the right point. Trying to put a shot on goal, the former Toronto defenseman had it glance off a defender and find Brashear, who spun in the high slot and slapped a shot that got by a screened Belfour at 5:54 for his first career playoff tally.
Just 62 seconds later, Desjardins fired a slap shot that came back to him after hitting Antropov in the right foot. From just above the right circle, Desjardins unleashed a blast that beat Belfour with Flyers captain Keith Primeau blocking his view, knotting it at 3-3.
"We were trailing by two at the time. We made it 3-2 on Brashear's goal," Desjardins said. "After that, I had a chance at the high slot to shoot and put it in high. It found its way in."
"We made a couple of critical errors on what looked like simple plays," Quinn said. "We stopped doing simple things real well in the second period. The flow of the game went completely back to the Philadelphia team. We were lucky to come out of that 3-3 after two periods."
With 9:15 remaining, LeClair tried a cross-slot pass from the right boards. The puck caromed off the skate of a backchecking Leaf and headed toward the net but glanced off the right goalpost and out of danger.
"It was up for anybody (to win)," Flyers center Jeremy Roenick said. "The power-play goal that won it was huge for them. This game could have gone either way. They came in here and stole one, like they wanted to do. We have a long way to go in this series. We knew we were in for a battle and we give them credit."
Philadelphia hosts Game Two on Friday.