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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Monday, 02.02.2004 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (26-16-6-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-11-11-5).

TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.

Looking to match the longest winning streak in team history, the Tampa Bay Lightning try to win a season series from the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time as these first-place clubs meet at the Wachovia Center.

This matchup pits two streaking teams who both have 26 victories, though the Flyers' 68 points puts them seven ahead of Tampa Bay and gives them a slim lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning have built an 11-point lead over Atlanta in the Southeast.

Philadelphia has dominated this series since Tampa Bay entered the league in 1992. The Flyers had a 30-9-8 all-time record against the Lightning entering this season, including just four losses in the last 27 meetings (18-4-5).

Tampa Bay has turned that around this season, totaling 11 goals in winning both meetings. The final matchup between these teams will be Feb. 17 in Tampa.

The Lightning have won five in a row to move within one of a franchise record, set at this season's outest as Tampa opened 6-0.

"The most important thing is to keep it going," said Lightning winger Fredrik Modin, who had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Atlanta.

Philadelphia enters with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1), including a 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. All of the games during the unbeaten run have come against teams with losing records.

"You talk about chemistry, and we've got a little bit of that going right now," said John LeClair, who scored his 14th goal Saturday.

"The last couple of games have been a little bit open, we've been able to play a little bit of offensive hockey ... it's always fun to play like that instead of back and forth in the neutral zone."

The line of LeClair, Michal Handzus and Mark Recchi has keyed the unbeaten streak, accounting for seven goals and 20 assists.

Martin St. Louis has led the Lightning lately, getting nine goals and eight assists during a career-high nine-game point streak.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 17 '04PHI 2 at TBL 5B. Richards
Feb 02 '04TBL 2 at PHI 1R. Fedotenko
Jan 03 '04PHI 1 at TBL 6F. Modin
Dec 18 '03TBL 5 at PHI 4 - OTM. St. Louis
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