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Tuesday, 11.08.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend a pair of winning streaks when they play host to the Boston Bruins at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia comes into this contest having won three straight overall and six in a row on home ice.

Boston is looking to match its season high with its third straight win.

Both teams are among the league's best offenses. Philadelphia's 56 goals scored lead the Atlantic Division and is good for third in the Eastern Conference behind Boston (57) and the Ottawa Senators (64).

Philadelphia does have the league's leading goal scorer in Simon Gagne. The six-year veteran recorded his second career hat trick Saturday in the Flyers' 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Eight of his 15 goals have come during a five-game points streak.

"Simon is kind of everywhere right now," Philadelphia's Peter Forsberg said. "He's putting the puck in the net, and he's making me and Mike (Knuble) just enjoy the ride."

Forsberg, a noted free-agent signing after the lockout, has four goals and nine assists during a five-game run. Knuble has four goals and four assists during a four-game streak.

Knuble recorded a career-best 59 points with the Bruins in 2002-03.

Philadelphia goaltender Robert Esche has won his last four games, but is 0-3 all-time against the Bruins, with a 3.58 goals-against average and .866 save percentage.

The Bruins have won two straight after a 6-3 win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jiri Slegr had two power-play goals in a 35-second span in the first period and center Joe Thornton also scored twice.

Thornton has four goals and seven assists during a five-game streak. Against Philadelphia, though, he has struggled with just one assist in his last seven games.

Left wing Sergei Samsonov will also to try keep his points streak going. He has three goals and five assists in his last six games.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 7): Bruins - 18 points, 3rd place, 5 PB, Northeast Division. Flyers - 17 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Glen Murray, 8 goals; Thornton, 17 assists and 23 points; Slegr, 26 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 15 goals; Forsberg, 21 assists and 25 points; Donald Brashear, 24 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 7): Bruins - Power play: 19 percent (20 for 105), 13th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.1 percent (90 for 107), 10th. Flyers - Power play: 20.8 percent (20 for 96), 7th. Penalty killing: 76.4 percent (65 for 85), 28th.

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Hannu Toivonen (4-1-2, 0, 3.16); Jordan Sigalet (no appearances). Flyers - Esche (6-2-1, 0, 2.89); Antero Niittymaki (2-1-0, 0, 4.59).

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

LAST MEETING: Feb. 28, 2004; Bruins, 3-2 (OT). At Boston, Murray scored 1:21 into overtime and Andrew Raycroft tied the mark for the most wins (22) by a Boston rookie goaltender in 22 years.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 3-3-3 on the road; Flyers - 6-1-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 48 17 39 10 56
C. Giroux 47 16 35 6 51
M. Streit 48 7 27 -2 34
B. Schenn 48 10 19 -4 29
W. Simmonds 48 16 12 -5 28
S. Couturier 48 10 11 0 21
M. Read 48 3 15 -8 18
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 34 7 7 -9 14
M. Del Zotto 36 3 11 -6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 8 12 6 .920 2.46
R. Emery 8 9 1 .890 3.27
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