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Tuesday, 10.25.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers are starting to get their offense in gear. All they need now is for Peter Forsberg to score a goal.

The Flyers go for their fourth straight win as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Forsberg, a perennial All-Star and the NHL's MVP in 2003, has no goals in six games, but leads the team with 12 assists.

"I want to get a goal here soon. It's kind of frustrating not getting one, but as long as my teammates are scoring and we're winning games it's OK," he said. "But down the road I have to start scoring too. I'm not going to try to force it, I'm just going to keep working hard."

Forsberg left the Colorado Avalanche during the offseason to sign a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Flyers. His line, which includes Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble, has 29 points.

On Saturday, Forsberg had two assists in the Flyers' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"As a line we played pretty well tonight. I'm playing with two great players," Forsberg said.

Philadelphia has scored 16 goals during its three-game winning streak after scoring 10 in its first three contests.

The Canadiens have won two straight and three of their last four games, including Saturday's 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders.

Steve Begin scored with 1:45 left in the third period to lift Montreal to its second straight win at home.

"He just works so hard every night and it feels really good to see that kind of effort get rewarded on a night like tonight," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said of Begin, who has three goals this season.

Saku Koivu had a power-play goal and assisted on Alex Kovalev's second of the season - also with the man advantage - as Montreal built a 2-0 lead 13:31 in.

The Canadiens nearly squandered the lead as the Islanders tied it at 3-3 on Alexei Yashin's goal at 17:07 of the third period.

"That's the way hockey goes now with all those changes and rules," Begin said. "When you've got the lead you've got to keep on pushing. It's never over. You never know what can happen and tonight was a perfect example. We kept just kept pushing and we came out with two points, two huge points for us."

STANDINGS: Flyers - 8 points, 2nd place (tied), 3 PB, Atlantic Division. Canadiens - 12 points, 1st place (tied), Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Gagne, 7 goals; Forsberg, 12 assists and 12 points; Donald Brashear, 13 PIM. Canadiens - Koivu and Michael Ryder, 4 goals; Kovalev, 8 assists and 10 points; Sheldon Souray, 18 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 23): Flyers - Power play: 12.7 percent (6 for 47), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.3 percent (29 for 38), 28th. Canadiens - Power play: 18.8 percent (10 for 53), 13th. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (49 for 58), 12th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (2-2-0, 3.04 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (2-0-0, 3.41). Canadiens - Jose Theodore (5-2-0, 3.01); Yann Danis (1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: April 1, 2004; Flyers, 2-0. At Montreal, Gagne and Michal Handzus scored for the Flyers, while Sean Burke made 24 saves.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 1-1-0 on the road; Canadiens - 2-2-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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