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Monday, 11.14.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers are looking to push their winning streak to seven games. They can do so by dealing the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning their seventh consecutive loss.

The Flyers won their sixth in a row in dramatic fashion Saturday, defeating Florida 5-4 on Mike Knuble's short-handed goal with 3.2 seconds remaining.

"It kind of took off on me a little bit and went right up in the joint (of the net)," said Knuble, who scored twice in the game. "It's probably one of the timeliest goals of my NHL career."

The victory was the Flyers' fourth straight by one goal.

Although Philadelphia hasn't lost since Oct. 28, the Flyers know they need to improve their penalty killing. They have converted on 20 percent of their power plays, but are the NHL's worst at killing off penalties.

Philadelphia has killed off only 77 of 101 short-handed situations (76.2 percent). That could improve against the Lightning, who have converted just 15 of 118 power-play opportunities.

After losing 5-2 at home to the New York Rangers on Thursday, the Lightning lost by the same score at Atlanta on Friday.

Tampa Bay led the Thrashers 2-0 in the first period before giving up five unanswered goals. The Lightning haven't won since Oct. 29 in Atlanta.

"It's definitely frustrating," said Tampa Bay goaltender John Grahame, pulled after allowing three goals in the second period. "We're doing everything we can to get out of it. We had a two-goal lead, but they were able to fight back."

The Lightning swept the four-game season series against Philadelphia in 2003-04.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 13): Flyers - 23 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division. Lightning - 16 points, 2nd place, 9 PB, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Simon Gagne, 17 goals; Peter Forsberg, 25 assists and 29 points; Joni Pitkanen, 32 PIM. Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal, 10 goals; Prospal, 14 assists and 24 points; Pavel Kubina, 34 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 13): Flyers - Power play: 20 percent (22 for 110), tied for 8th in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.2 percent (77 for 101), 30th. Lightning - Power play: 12.7 percent (15 for 118), 27th. Penalty killing: 84.6 percent (83 for 98), tied for 9th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (8-2-0, 3.00 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (3-1-0, 3.97). Lightning - Grahame (5-8-0, 1 SO, 3.04); Sean Burke (2-0-0, 1.57).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Lightning, 4-0.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 17, 2004; Lightning, 5-2. At Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis notched a goal and assist as the Lightning completed the season series sweep.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 2-2-1 on the road; Lightning - 3-4-1 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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