PHILADELPHIA -- Outside, the unseasonably hot weather Wednesday made it feel like May, the time of the year when NHL teams are deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Inside, in the Flyers' season opener at the energized Wells Fargo Center, the home team was trying to start the long journey back to those playoffs.
Things didn't begin on the right skate.
Dave Bolland scored a pair of third-period goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs scored a 3-1 comeback victory.
Bolland, left alone out front because of a defensive breakdown, scored with 17 minutes, 30 seconds left, snapping a 1-1 tie. He added a power-play goal with 22.5 seconds remaining.
In his Toronto debut, Goalie Jonathan Bernier (31 saves) was the difference, and the Flyers struggled on the power play (1 for 7).
Last season, the Flyers were one of the NHL's worst teams in even-strength situations. Toronto outscored the Flyers, 2-0, when the teams were five-on-five on Wednesday.
Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal late in the opening period.
Vinny Lecavalier skated behind the net and fed Schenn for a one-timer from the slot with 6.9 seconds left in the first.
"Any time you get the chance to play the first game of the season in your home barn and in front of your home fans, you have to make the most of it," said Schenn, who (surprise, surprise) was on the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
But Toronto, coming off a 4-3 win in Montreal on Tuesday, took advantage of a Max Talbot turnover to tie the score with 2:54 to go in the second period.
Defenseman Dion Phaneuf intercepted Talbot's pass at center ice, starting a possession in the Flyers' defensive zone that ended with Phil Kessel putting a rebound past Steve Mason (22 saves).
With 3.1 seconds left in the second period, Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was pulled down by defenseman Paul Ranger and awarded a penalty shot. Simmonds, trying to put his shot through the goalie's legs, was stopped by Jonathan Bernier to keep the game tied.
Simmonds, who had been successful on the only other penalty shot in his career, went back to the bench and slammed his stick in disgust.
It was the first time the Flyers had a penalty shot attempted in their home opener since 1997, when Trent Klatt was stopped by John Vanbiesbrouck.
For the Flyers, it was the start of what they hope will be the Great Redemption Season. They failed to make the playoffs in 2013 -- starting the year 0-3 and 2-6, and not going over .500 until the final game -- for just the second time in the last 18 seasons.
"It's been a long summer after not being happy with the results last year," Giroux, the team's second-year captain, said before the game. "Every day I think about it, and today is the day" to start fresh.
Midway through the first period, Giroux made a deft pass to streaking left winger Hartnell, who tipped the puck off the left post.
In franchise history, the Flyers are 21-18-7 in openers, including a 15-11-3 mark in seasons that started at home.
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