Stevens' statement

Coach John Stevens, on losing to the New York Rangers, 5-4, in a shoot-out Sunday: "The shoot-out can go either way. You know what our luck has been like in the shoot-out. I don't consider that a loss."

By the numbers

1 vs. 14

The Flyers' shoot-out wins compared with the Oilers' league-leading total.

5

Flyers who have suffered concussions this season.

10-10-2

The Flyers' record against the Atlantic Division.

21

Power-play assists for Danny Briere.

23:21

Jeff Carter's average ice time in the last five games.

58

Games it took Jesse Boulerice to serve his 25-game suspension.

203

Goals scored by the Flyers, a number tied for third in the Eastern Conference.

Rookie watch

The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane leads all rookies with 22 points (eight goals) against his own division.

Spotted

Tears on the sidewalk outside the Wachovia Center after the Flyers failed to make a major move at the trade deadline.

If not hockey, then . . .

Scott Hartnell would have been a teacher, he says.

On this date

In 1973, the Flyers humiliated the Maple Leafs, 10-0, at the Spectrum. Rick MacLeish had seven points, on four goals and three assists. He set a Flyers record for most points in a game.

Speaking

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, on defeating the Blue Jackets, 4-3, in a shoot-out to finally get above .500: "It's been a yearlong struggle. You have to get to .500 before you can improve on it. We all know we have to get 10 or 11 or 12 games over .500 to have a fighting chance" for the playoffs.

Coming up

The Sabres are in town tonight, followed by the Lightning on Thursday and the Islanders on Saturday.

From the bench

There are passages in the collective-bargaining agreement that handcuff both a player and a general manager. Under one of them, Denis Tolpeko has a concussion and therefore can't be sent down. OK, but the trade deadline has passed, and if Tolpeko turns healthy, he still can't be sent down so he could play in the AHL and earn valuable playing time. That's a rule that should be changed.

Plus/Minus

Plus/Minus is a look at the last week's games and an evaluation of points earned based on expectation and reality.

For example, if the Flyers are expected to win and win by 7-0, the evaluation would be

Even

. They were expected to get two points and got two points.

There is no extra credit for a rout. If they are expected to lose and manage to win, even in overtime, a

Plus-2

is awarded. The goal is to provide a weekly and season's assessment.

Feb. 25 at Buffalo

The losing streak stopped at 10 games as the Flyers rallied from a 3-0 deficit and finally won in a shoot-out, 4-3. It was their first shoot-out victory of the year in five attempts, and Danny Briere got his first shoot-out goal this season.

Plus-2.

Thursday vs. Ottawa

The Flyers overcame an early deficit, played a solid all-around game behind Martin Biron, and won, 3-1. Mike Knuble got two goals as the Flyers regained the eighth spot in the East from Buffalo.

Plus-2.

Saturday at N.Y. Islanders

Great play by Knuble and Jeff Carter sparked the Flyers to a 4-1 victory. Knuble's shorthanded goal in the third period stifled a comeback, while Biron made 33 saves.

Even.

Sunday at N.Y. Rangers

Carter got two goals, and the Flyers showed resiliency in coming back before losing, 5-4, in a shoot-out. But they continued to be inept in the shoot-outs, falling to 1-5. Antero Niittymaki started in goal but was pulled.

Plus-1.

For the week:

Plus-5.

For the season:

Minus-1.

The Flyers have 74 points. They should have 75.