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Monday, 11.14.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 49 17 40 11 57
C. Giroux 48 16 36 6 52
M. Streit 49 7 28 -2 35
W. Simmonds 49 17 12 -5 29
B. Schenn 49 10 19 -3 29
S. Couturier 49 10 12 -1 22
M. Read 49 3 15 -9 18
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
M. Del Zotto 37 4 11 -7 15
V. Lecavalier 35 7 7 -10 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 9 12 6 .921 2.41
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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