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(AP) — Fresh off their record-shattering game with Washington, the Florida Panthers are back on the ice tonight for a game with the Flyers in Philadelphia. It was two nights ago that the Panthers beat the Capitals in a record 20-shootout victory. Goalie Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN’-goh) said afterward he had never seen anything like it before. The opposition tonight comes from the sub-500 Flyers, who may have Vincent Lecavalier (leh-KAV’-uhl-yay) back after missing seven games.

The other team involved in that marathon game is also in action tonight. The Caps are on the road for a game with Columbus, which is looking for its eighth straight win.

The Penguins are hopeful that captain Sidney Crosby will be back on the ice tonight against the Avalanche. Crosby has missed three games because of the mumps. The team got a good sign yesterday when Crosby was able to skate on his own before practice. For the Avs this is the start of a three-game road trip.

Anaheim may have its hands full tonight in its game with the Canadiens in Montreal. The home team has won the first three games of a five-game homestand by a combined score of 13-4, including a 6-2 win over defending league champion Los Angeles.

The Maple Leafs are at Carolina. Each team is riding a streak of six — for the Leafs it’s a six-game winning streak while the Hurricanes have dropped their last six.

The second half of a home-and-home series is tonight in Los Angeles as the Kings face the Blues. St. Louis won the first game two nights ago in the Gateway City 5-2.

And in the final game of the night, Edmonton is skating at San Jose. The Sharks have won seven of eight.


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