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Knuble nets pair, gives Flyers fifth straight win

Nov 25, 2008 - 4:48 AM
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- A six-game losing streak to begin the season is a mere memory - as is a deflating skid to begin the month of November. Make no mistake, Philadelphia has begun to fly high.

Mike Knuble scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Scottie Upshall and Jeff Carter also tallied and Simon Gagne had two assists as the Flyers improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven games.

"We came out in the first period and we had a lot of chances," Carter said. "We're just playing a simple game really and we were able to get the puck in the zone. We let up in the second, but we managed to come back in the third and get two points."

Perhaps a bit tardy, Philadelphia has begun to remind many why it made a 20-win improvement last season after finishing with a miserable 22-48-12 record in 2006-07.

The Flyers began this campaign in unspectacular fashion, dropping six straight - capped with a pair of losses to the San Jose Sharks, who took advantage of a fizzling defense by outscoring them, 12-10. A four-game win streak then rectified their spirits, but an ensuing 1-3-1 skid had them searching for answers once again.

During the Flyers' current streak, though, they have outscored opponents, 17-10, and overcame two goals by Dallas' Mike Modano in this contest.

"I didn't think that we started the game very well," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We had a lot of guys that had a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look. Once we got our feet under us and got moving a little bit, we engaged in the game. It is a competitive game and if you don't engage, you're not going to be very good.

"So we got that straightened around and we got ourselves back in the game. But we did what we've done a lot times this year and we shoot ourselves in the foot and the puck is in the net."

Landon Wilson also netted his first goal of the season for the Stars, who have dropped three in a row and six of their last seven. They are also failed again to convert without captain Brenden Morrow, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week and will likely miss the rest of the season.

"When you have so many players out, you look to for other people to step up and show that they are NHL players," Tippett said. "We're looking for those people to step up as well as the veterans that are here. They have to carry an extra load ... if you want to be successful, that is what is going to have to happen."

Knuble snapped a 3-3 tie with 5:08 left in the third period, firing a wrister from the slot after receiving a pass from captain Mike Richards.

"They dumped it in hard and it popped over their guys stick and I just advanced it up the wall," Knuble said. "Simon (Gagne) had a great battle at their blue line. That was a big key to getting the play going."

Philadelphia coach John Stevens praised the effort from Richards on the decisive play.

"We got ourselves in a dogfight and we allowed them some momentum," Stevens said. "We are finding ways to win hockey games right now. We get up, get tied, get up, get tied, and then (Richards) goes down and makes a great play and (we) win the game."

With his team trailing, 2-1, Modano struck for the first time 2 1/2 minutes into the second by tapping in a rebound in front of the net. Carter regained the Flyers' lead just under 12 minutes later with a wrist shot from the slot which beat Marty Turco.

Modano then evened the game again with 2:36 left in the session, snapping a shot from the slot past Marty Biron, who finished with 22 saves for Philadelphia.

"(Biron) is confident," Stevens said. "I think that when your goalie is confident and looks confident, it can exude confidence in the entire team and that is what I am seeing right now. After last year, Marty was looking to take it to another level with his play.

"We did not get off to the start that we wanted as a team, but we are being more consistent now and I think it starts with him."

Upshall opened the scoring 3:17 into the first, deflecting a pass from Joffrey Lupul over Turco while sitting on the doorstep.

Dallas has surrendered the first goal in 12 of 20 games and is 1-8-3 in those contests.

Wilson evened the game eight minutes later, but Knuble recaptured Philadelphia's lead with four minutes left in the session after his deke in front of the net bounced off a Dallas defenseman and fluttered into the open net.

"(Knuble) has really played well as of late," Stevens said. "Ever since we put him back with (Gagne), I think he looks reborn. Those two have chemistry together. They were playing well when Danny (Briere) was in the lineup and they have really continued to play well with Mike Richards."

Ultimately, Modano felt his struggling team let a good opportunity slip away early.

"We didn't deserve to be down one goal after the first, so it was a horrible start," Modano said. "Somehow, some way, we got ourselves back in the game and we were right there. It is such a fine line with the things that we end up doing that come back to haunt us.

"They were pretty innocent plays at the time but they seen to find a way into the net. It is such a desperation mode that you feel like you want to do more. You want to try harder and you end up digging yourself a bigger hole."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DALLAS 1 2 0 3
    PHILADELPHIA 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - SCOTTIE UPSHALL 3 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 3:17
    DAL - LANDON WILSON 1 (DARRYL SYDOR) 11:33
    PHI - MIKE KNUBLE 9 (SIMON GAGNE) 16:00
    2ND PRD: DAL - MIKE MODANO 7 (LOUI ERIKSSON, MARK PARRISH) 2:30
    PHI - JEFF CARTER 15 (SCO

    Nov 24 9:34 PM
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    Stars 3, Flyers 4  3rd - 1:00Nov 24 9:31 PM


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    DALLAS 3
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    3RD PRD: PHI - MIKE KNUBLE 10 (MIKE RICHARDS, SIMON GAGNE) 14:52

    Stars 3, Flyers 4  3rd - 5:08Nov 24 9:22 PM
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    Stars 3, Flyers 3  3rd - 12:00Nov 24 9:20 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 1 2 3
    PHILADELPHIA 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - SCOTTIE UPSHALL 3 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 3:17
    DAL - LANDON WILSON 1 (DARRYL SYDOR) 11:33
    PHI - MIKE KNUBLE 9 (SIMON GAGNE) 16:00
    2ND PRD: DAL - MIKE MODANO 7 (MARK PARRISH, STEPHANE ROBIDAS) 2:30
    PHI - JEF

    Nov 24 8:42 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 3
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: DAL - MIKE MODANO 8 (TREVOR DALEY, MIKE RIBEIRO) 17:26

    Stars 3, Flyers 3  2nd - 2:34Nov 24 8:38 PM


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    DALLAS 2
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 15 (SCOTT HARTNELL) 14:22

    Stars 2, Flyers 3  2nd - 5:38Nov 24 8:31 PM


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    DALLAS 2
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    2ND PRD: DAL - MIKE MODANO 7 (MARK PARRISH, STEPHANE ROBIDAS) 2:30

    Stars 2, Flyers 2  2nd - 17:30Nov 24 8:10 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 1 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - SCOTTIE UPSHALL 3 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 3:17
    DAL - LANDON WILSON 1 (DARRYL SYDOR) 11:33
    PHI - MIKE KNUBLE 9 (SIMON GAGNE) 16:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DAL 5

    Nov 24 7:46 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: PHI - MIKE KNUBLE 9 (SIMON GAGNE) 16:00

    Stars 1, Flyers 2  1st - 4:00Nov 24 7:40 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: DAL - LANDON WILSON 1 (DARRYL SYDOR) 11:33

    Stars 1, Flyers 1  1st - 8:27Nov 24 7:30 PM


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    DALLAS 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - SCOTTIE UPSHALL 3 (JOFFREY LUPUL) 3:17

    Stars 0, Flyers 1  1st - 16:43Nov 24 7:15 PM