Originally created 02/18/99

Lindros has second shot to tie Flyers' record



PHILADELPHIA -- For the second time in three seasons, Eric Lindros has a chance to tie the Philadelphia Flyers' record for points in consecutive games.

Lindros' streak reached 17 games in the Flyers' 4-1 win at Phoenix on Tuesday night, leaving him one short of Bob Clarke's team mark (18) set in 1975. In the 1996-97 season, Lindros also put together a 17-game streak.

The Flyers' captain can put his name in the record book tonight when the Montreal Canadiens visit Philadelphia.

During the off-season, Clarke, now president and general manager of the Flyers, challenged Lindros to become a more consistent player and leader.

Lindros has responded with what could turn out to be the best of his seven pro seasons. With 32 goals and only two games missed due to injury, Lindros has a chance to establish new career highs -- presently 47 goals, 73 games -- in both categories.

"To be honest, I've never seen him this good," said Mikael Renberg. "Not only scoring points, but he's doing everything. Some games we're up a goal or two and we put him out there in crucial situations. He's such a team player now."

With 78 points, Lindros stands second to Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr in league scoring. His plus-39 trails only teammate John LeClair (plus-40).

"I'm sure he's only thinking about going out and winning the game," said Chris Therien. "But it would be a great achievement. They (management) asked him to be more consistent and he has."

LeClair marvels at the fact that Lindros really hasn't had a sub-par game since the streak started Jan. 7.

""I think it shows what kind of great player you are. Some players are great, but they're great when they want to be. I think Eric has been great every night."

Lindros plays down the streak, putting more emphasis on the team's success. After losing the first two games of a four-game western road trip, the Flyers came back to tie Colorado and beat the Coyotes.

"The last two games were pretty positive," he said. "I think we're playing more consistently as a team. Last year we were hot, then cold again."

Lindros takes the chance at a record in stride.

"I guess when you're healthy and the team is playing well ... it's not something that you worry about. It's something that you should have some fun with and go out and enjoy the game."