Jagr, Hartnell Open Accounts as Flyers Beat Leafs, But Pronger Hurt

Jagr, Hartnell Open Accounts as Flyers Beat Leafs, But Pronger Hurt

Entering Monday night's tilt with the Toronto Maple Leafs, two Flyers were notably goalless on the season. Both got off the schneid, with Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr each tallying a brace to send the Flyers to a 4-2 victory.

Lavvy skated the two together on a line with Claude Giroux, and the group dominated the Leafs' defense, narrowly missing on some other opportunities in addition to their four goals. Jagr's tallies each came on breakaways, and both were just gorgeous, vintage 68. Harts crashed the net for his first, pushing home a nice feed from Danny Briere. His second came on a great backhand pass from Giroux, and Harts put a brilliant snap one-timer up under the crossbar.

Unfortunately, the celebration is tempered by a scary eye injury to Chris Pronger. [Update below]

Video of all the gorgeous-goal highlights below, plus some notes in brief.

Notes:
Sergei Bobrovsky, getting the start for a frustrated Ilya Bryzgalov, turned in a great performance to best his backup counterpart, Jonas Gustavsson. Both goalies made some huge saves under pressure. Bob didn't have a chance on either goal, both coming off some junky bounces.

Briere's assist was his 600th NHL point. Hartnell scored two goals for the 22nd time in his career; Jagr did so for the 114th time in his.

Read what Flyers Goal Scored By wrote earlier today about Hartnell…

Jagr narrowly missed a third goal, also on a clean breakaway. The Monster came up with a great save to stop it though.

Phil Kessel is a machine, potting his ninth goal in eight games.

High sticks were en vogue tonight, with Toronto whacking away at Flyer faces seemingly at will. It cost them a few power plays, but it cost the Flyers Pronger. Hard to fault Mikhail Grobovski as his follow-through on a shot got into Pronger's eye though. Somewhat surprising there weren't a few gloves thrown down with all the stick work.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's video of Pronger getting hit in the face. His screaming is indicative of just how bad the pain was. Howard Eskin reports he could be out up to two weeks. Right now we're just hoping he doesn't lose any vision. 

UPDATE: Paul Holmgren is hoping
Pronger can re-join the team in the next 10 days to 2 weeks in a skating capacity. He has a
lot of swelling around his eye, and he'll be on bed rest for 4 days.
He lost some vision temporarily but is said to have regained it. Homer also said, "When Chris comes back, he'll be wearing a visor."

Photo: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.