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Tuesday, 11.22.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 63 19 46 5 65
C. Giroux 62 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 63 25 18 -1 43
M. Streit 63 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 63 12 23 -5 35
S. Couturier 63 12 16 1 28
M. Del Zotto 51 8 17 -5 25
M. Read 63 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 48 14 4 6 18
V. Lecavalier 45 7 10 -8 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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