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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 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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