Penalty kill lifts surging Flyers

    There will be a lot of talk about 36-year-young Mike Knuble's two-goal performance _ including his late game-winner _ in the Flyers' 4-3 victory over Dallas last night.

    There will also be talk about the sizzling Jeff Carter, who notched his 15th goal _ tying him for the NHL lead _ and how he helped the Flyers increase their winning streak to five.

   But don't overflook the importance of the Flyers' penalty-killing unit, which is one of the main reasons the club is 6-0-1 in its last seven games.

   The Flyers killed all five penalties last night. In their last eight games, the Flyers haved successfully killed 42 of 44 penalties.

   Repeat: 42 of 44.

   That helps explain how the Flyers have improved to 10-6-4, including a 10-3-1 mark since their dismal 0-3-3 start.

   In last night's win, Kimmo Timonen, Carter, Ossi Vaananen, Mike Richards and Braydon Coburn logged the most time on the penalty kill. Dallas managed just seven shots in five power plays against Marty Biron.

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    Carter, who is struggling on faceoffs (2 for 17 last night), has a chance to become the first Flyer to win the NHL scoring title since Reggie Leach deposited 61 goals in 1975-76. Leach was known as "The Rifle" for his rocket shot.

    Carter, known as "Carts" to his teammates, could use a nickname. Suggestions?

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