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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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