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Tuesday, 11.22.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking more like the defending Stanley Cup champions with each successive game.

The rejuvenated Lightning pursue their fourth win in five games when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.

Tampa Bay opened November with six straight losses before defeating the Flyers on Nov. 14 at home by a 5-2 score.

Since then, the Lightning have won three of four, including a 5-2 road win Sunday over the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes. With its second victory of the season over Carolina, Tampa Bay moved within six points of the Hurricanes.

"It's a division game, it's a team that's in front of us and we're chasing," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "Coming in here, into their building, and grabbing a couple of points is very important."

Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko has goals in three straight games and Fredrik Modin has three goals and two assists in his last four appearances.

Scoring leader Vaclav Prospal has quietly put together a 13-game points streak with eight goals and 13 assists during his run. He had a hat trick in Tampa Bay's win over Philadelphia earlier this month.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, is looking for its league-leading 10th home win of the season. The Flyers have dropped two straight overtime decisions on home ice and are tied with the Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators for the most home wins.

Philadelphia is coming off a 6-3 road win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simon Gagne scored twice - including his league-leading 20th - and the Flyers added three scores in the third period.

"We didn't sit back and wait for them to come at us like we did the last couple of games," Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg said. "We kept on playing and we got another goal."

Gagne, who needs four goals to match his output in 80 games in 2003-04, has five multi-goal games this season.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 21): Lightning - 23 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Southeast Division. Flyers - 27 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Lightning - Prospal, 13 goals, 18 assists and 31 points; Pavel Kubina, 38 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 20 goals; Forsberg, 30 assists and 36 points; Joni Pitkanen, 38 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 21): Lightning - Power play: 13.8 percent (19 for 137), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (98 for 116), 9th. Flyers - Power play: 21 percent (28 for 133), 6th. Penalty killing: 74.8 percent (98 for 133), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Lightning - John Grahame (8-8-1, 1 SO, 2.85 GAA); Sean Burke (2-0-2, 0, 1.87). Flyers - Robert Esche (8-3-2, 0, 3.29); Antero Niittymaki (4-1-1, 0, 3.61).

SEASON SERIES: Lightning, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 14; Lightning, 5-2. At Tampa, Fla., Prospal scored three goals and the Lightning limited Philadephia to a pair of power-play tallies by Forsberg.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Lightning - 5-5-2 on the road; Flyers - 9-1-2 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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