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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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