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Forsberg leads Flyers over Wings

GOALIE STEPS UP Michael Leighton made 31 saves in his second straight start for Philadelphia after not starting since March 2004

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Kyle Calder, second right, of the Philadelphia Flyers is tripped up by goaltender Joey MacDonald of the Detroit Red Wings at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in their NHL game on Monday. The Flyers won 6-1.

PHOTO: AFP

Swedish star Peter Forsberg scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and sparked the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL's only game on Monday.

On a night when former captain Keith Primeau was honored in an emotional pregame ceremony, it was like old times at the Wachovia Center. The NHL-worst Flyers scored two short-handed goals and one on the power play to win their second straight at home after losing a team-record 13 straight here.

"We know where we are in the standings; we're not feeling good about the season, but lately we've been playing better and with more confidence," Forsberg said. "It feels great winning games."

Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots in his second straight start for the Flyers. Before Saturday's win against St. Louis, Leighton hadn't made an NHL start since March 2004.

R.J. Umberger scored twice and Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Todd Fedoruk also scored for the Flyers.

Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal for Detroit. The Red Wings haven't won in Philadelphia since January 1997, losing five straight over 10 years.

Forsberg snapped a tie early in the third period with his 11th goal before the Flyers turned this one into a rout. Umberger scored twice and Gagne and Fedoruk added goals after that to give the sellout crowd something to cheer for one of the few times this season.

Those fans hope they get to cheer Forsberg for at least the rest of the season. Forsberg, who will become a free agent, met with team chairman Ed Snider on Sunday to discuss the former MVP's future.

Both sides declined to discuss the specifics of the meeting.

Primeau was forced to retire before the season because of the lingering effects from concussions. He was drafted by Detroit in 1990 and spent six years with Philadelphia.

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