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Thursday, 10.27.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Due to Hurricane Wilma affecting the Miami area, the Florida Panthers are faced with the second of six consecutive road games when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers in a matchup originally scheduled to be the back end of a two-game trip through Pennsylvania.

The threat of the hurricane prompted the NHL to postpone Florida's game last Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. After Wilma hit South Florida on Monday, the Panthers' scheduled matchup this Saturday with the Washington Capitals also was pushed back.

That means Florida won't play at home again until Nov. 9, when it faces the New York Rangers. However, the Panthers will travel back to their home state following Thursday's contest.

To open its unexpected stretch of six straight games on the road, Florida beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday.

Martin Gelinas, who scored once in the victory, admitted it was difficult to concentrate on the game.

"I think for a lot of the game, we tried not to think about what's going on back home - and that's tough to do," Gelinas said. "So this is a big two points."

Roberto Luongo made 38 saves, and Stephen Weiss scored his first goal of the season 53 seconds into the extra period to secure the victory.

The Panthers are 14-27-7-1 all-time against the Flyers in the regular season. They have not won a season series against Philadelphia since 1998-99, when Florida went 2-1-1.

The Flyers lost 3-2 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Mike Richards and Brian Savage scored in the second period for Philadelphia, which blew a 2-1 lead after two periods and was outshot 29-22 on the night.

In the third period, the Flyers garnered just five shots on net and were whistled for five penalties, fending off two power-play chances before Joni Pitkanen's interference penalty led to Mike Ribeiro's game-tying goal at 9:19. Ribeiro won it 2:28 into overtime.

"It was tough in the third," Savage said. "Obviously, we had a lot of penalties and a lot of penalty killing and we didn't get into the offensive flow of it, 5-on-5."

Still searching for his first goal is Peter Forsberg, who signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia in the offseason.

Dating back to the 2003-04 postseason, Forsberg hasn't scored a goal in 12 games - his last one coming on April 22, 2004, against the San Jose Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov. His regular-season goal-scoring drought stands at nine games.

Forsberg, however, has notched 12 assists, tying him with Bryan McCabe of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the most in the NHL.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 25): Panthers - 12 points, 1st place, Southeast Division. Flyers - 9 points, 3rd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Panthers - Nathan Horton, 5 goals; Olli Jokinen and Mike Van Ryn, 6 assists; Jokinen, 8 points; Branislav Mezei, 29 PIM. Flyers - Simon Gagne, 7 goals; Forsberg, 12 assists and 12 points; Donald Brashear, 20 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 25): Panthers - Power play: 12.5 percent (8 for 64), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (54 for 66), 18th. Flyers - Power play: 14.5 percent (8 for 55), 21st. Penalty killing: 79.2 percent (38 for 48), 22nd.

GOALTENDERS: Panthers - Luongo (6-4-0, 2 SO, 2.32 GAA); Jamie McLennan (0-0-0, 0, 1.13). Flyers - Robert Esche (2-2-1, 0, 3.00); Antero Niittymaki (2-0-0, 0, 3.41).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 2-0-1-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 28, 2004; Tie, 3-3. At Sunrise, Fla., Pitkanen gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead 10:06 into the third period with his second goal of the game before the Panthers' Kristian Huselius tied the score 59 seconds later.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Panthers - 2-3-0 on the road; Flyers - 3-1-0 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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