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Sunday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (31-14-9) at Montreal Canadiens (24-22-6), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers hope to re-gain first place in the Atlantic Division today when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

On Saturday the Flyers and Rangers entered a matchup in Philly tied atop the race, but New York escaped with a 4-3 overtime win and a one-point edge in the standings. Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal in OT to lift the visitors, who tied the match in the final minute of regulation and began overtime on a power play.

Mike Knuble scored two goals, Jeff Carter added his 13th tally of the season and Robert Esche made 24 saves for the Flyers, who have lost two straight and four of their last five games. Mike Richards added two assists for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia was again without center Peter Forsberg, who hopes to return from his latest groin injury sometime this week. The star forward has missed four straight contests.

The Flyers will host the NY Islanders on Wednesday.

Montreal, meanwhile, ended a two-game skid on Saturday. Cristobal Huet made 35 saves to register his fifth career shutout and lead the Canadiens past the Boston Bruins, 2-0, in the back end of a home-and-home series at the Bell Centre.

Andrei Markov scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period and Sheldon Souray tallied an empty-net goal for Montreal. Alexei Kovalev notched his 23rd assist of the season for the Habs, who avenged Thursday's 3-1 loss in Boston.

Huet again started in place of Jose Theodore, who has been pulled in three of his last four starting assignments.

Montreal will host Buffalo on Tuesday to begin a home-and-home.

The Habs are 2-0 against the Flyers so far this season.

02/05 10:11:04 ET


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