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Tuesday, 11.8.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 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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