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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 - 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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