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Tuesday, 10.25.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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