TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT.
The Philadelphia Flyers look to rebound from one of the worst special teams' performances in team history 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.
|Apr 11 '06||PIT 3 at PHI 4||J. Carter|
|Mar 12 '06||PHI 0 at PIT 2||C. Armstrong|
|Jan 23 '06||PIT 2 at PHI 4||M. Knuble|
|Jan 21 '06||PHI 2 at PIT 1||J. Carter|
|Dec 23 '05||PHI 5 at PIT 4||M. Knuble|
|Nov 19 '05||PHI 6 at PIT 3||J. Carter|
|Nov 16 '05||PIT 3 at PHI 2 - OT||S. Crosby|
|Oct 14 '05||PIT 5 at PHI 6 - OT||M. Rathje|