PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Quiet in Game One, the big guns came alive for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Simon Gagne and Jeremy Roenick scored in the first period and Mark Recchi and John LeClair tallied in the second as the Flyers dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinal final series at one win apiece.
"We had everybody on deck today," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Everybody was playing. We needed our best players to play well and that gives us a fighting chance. We're a team built on four lines and when we get the lead early in a hockey game, we can roll four lines."
Although he did not face a great deal of pressure, Roman Cechmanek was sharper in net for the Flyers after allowing five goals on just 15 shots in a 5-3 loss in the opener. He finished with 16 saves on Friday.
Philadelphia played with more desperation and energy in this one, outshooting Toronto, 15-5, in the first period and dominating throughout.
"We wanted to throw pucks at the net and and we were hungry around the net as well," LeClair said. "We were a little bit sharper with the puck tonight."
"I came here expecting to win the first game and we did," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "We played smarter, way smarter than tonight. I expected when we dropped the puck tonight, that we were going to win Game Two. The Flyers had something to say about that."
Quinn bemoaned the lack of scoring opportunities for the Leafs, who have attemped only 32 shots in the first two games.
"This is the worst team I've ever had for (not) wanting to put the puck on the net," he said. "They want to over-pass. How many times did you see that we tried to make that nice little pass to a soft area instead of whipping it at the net. Sometimes, you have to play simply in a game."
The tone may have been set during the pregame warmups, when Philadelphia's Donald Brashear and Toronto's Tie Domi engaged in a brief shouting match. The two heavyweights finally squared off 7 1/2 minutes in the third period, drawing fighting penalties.
"I really don't like it when the word 'stars' is used," Roenick said. "Our club is based on 22 guys that play this game. We win by playing as a team. We don't win by individual efforts. Hitch just wants us to play the way he has outlined for us."
Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour held off the Flyers for the first 12 minutes, but gave up a pair of costly rebounds, the first resulting in Gagne's shorthanded goal.
Belfour made a blocker save on Gagne's wrist shot from the right circle off his chest, but the puck bounced in the air. Gagne charged to the net and after the puck hit his skate, pushed his own rebound past Belfour to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead with 7:51 left in the first.
"It was a great way to start the game," Gagne said of his goal. "Tonight, my goal was to come out hard. I wanted to use my speed and go to the net. It feels good to have a game like this."
With 2:13 left in the period, Roenick deflected a centering pass from Gagne to make it 2-0. Gagne set up the goal by fighting off a check from defenseman Bryan McCabe along the left boards.
"Gagne played fantastic tonight," Roenick said. "He used his speed and was very focused. He was the type of player we needed."
Alexander Mogilny gave the Maple Leafs some life by scoring on a wraparound 4:38 into the second to halve the deficit. It was the fourth goal in two games for Mogilny, who recorded his first career playoff hat trick in the opener.
"They were on the puck all night long and they didn't give us much out there," Mogilny said. "The shots they did give us, I could have played in net and no one would have scored."
Recchi delivered the back-breaker 1:42 later, scoring a bad-angle goal from behind the net as his backhander in front bounced off McCabe's skate.
Just over four minutes later, LeClair's power-play tally gave the Flyers a three-goal cushion. Belfour made a kick save on Eric Weinrich's wrist shot from the blue line, but LeClair, stationed in front, poked in the rebound.
"Jeremy was angry at himself for the way he played in Game One," Hitchcock said. "Today, he stayed in the middle of the rink, where he was more effective. LeClair did the same thing. LeClair used his speed getting up the ice, rather than standing and waiting."
Philadelphia already has scored seven goals in the playoffs after managing just two in their five-game first-round loss to Ottawa last season.
"There was no doubt who deserved the game tonight," Toronto center Mats Sundin said. "If it wasn't for Ed Belfour, the score would have been a lot worse. We were outplayed in the first game and again tonight. We feel lucky to go home with a split."
The Maple Leafs host Game Three of the best-of-seven series Monday.