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Tuesday, 04.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to rebound from one a tough special teams' outing when they continue their push for the Atlantic Division crown with a matchup against the last-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and have clinched their 11th consecutive postseason berth, but are still trying to catch the New York Rangers in the division. Philadelphia trails first-place New York by five points with five games left, including a meeting with the Rangers this Saturday.

Philadelphia didn't look like a team poised to make a run at any title on Saturday, though, as it allowed five power-play goals on eight opportunities in a 5-2 loss to Toronto. The Flyers gave up a team-record six extra-man goals twice, most recently against the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 13, 1988.

"We took really poor penalties," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, whose team has one of the worst penalty-killing units in the NHL. "We made defending mistakes. When you don't kill them off, it's deflating. And when you don't score on your opportunities, it's even more deflating."

Philadelphia converted just 1-of-5 power-play opportunities and never threatened as it fell behind 3-0 early in the second period. R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers, who had 34 penalty minutes.

Philadelphia continues to play short-handed as Peter Forsberg and Petr Nedved have both missed games with groin injuries and are listed as day-to-day.

"No excuses. We have to find a way to get it done," Flyers forward Sami Kapanen said.

The Flyers have lost three in a row at home, but have won 22 of their last 26 against the Penguins in Philadelphia.

The Penguins, wrapping up a four-game road trip, lost 1-0 to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Rookie Sidney Crosby left early in the second period with a lower-body injury, but returned briefly in the final period.

"It's not a major injury," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien, whose team has an NHL-worst 53 points. "It's day-to-day."

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has lost his last five starts.

STANDINGS: Penguins - 53 points, 5th place, 47 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers - 95 points, 2nd place, 5 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Crosby, 36 goals, 55 assists and 91 points; Brooks Orpik, 116 PIM. Flyers - Simon Gagne, 44 goals and 76 points; Forsberg, 55 assists; Donald Brashear, 145 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through April 9): Penguins - Power play: 18.5 percent (86 for 464), 10th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.5 percent (395 for 503), 28th. Flyers - Power play: 18.1 percent (77 for 425), 15th. Penalty killing: 78.6 percent (345 for 439), 27th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Fleury (11-27-6, 1 SO, 3.34 GAA); Sebastien Caron (8-7-4, 1, 3.82). Flyers - Antero Niittymaki (22-15-6, 2, 3.01); Robert Esche (20-9-5, 1, 2.94).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 5-2.

LAST MEETING: March 12; Penguins, 2-0. At Pittsburgh, Colby Armstrong had the first two-goal game of his career and Crosby added two assists.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 10-23-5 on the road; Flyers - 20-13-6 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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