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Tuesday, 04.11.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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