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The Montreal Canadiens got third-period goals from Shayne Corson, Jonas Hoglund and Martin Rucinsky for their season-high fifth straight home win, 4-1 over the slumping Philadelphia Flyers.

"Two months ago, we surely would have lost this game," said center Saku Koivu. "We've got to be happy with the way we're playing now. We've just played maybe the two best teams in the league and we've won two in a row. But all the teams close to us are also winning. Every game is a big one now."

The Flyers outshot the Habs 39-11 through the first two periods, but Jeff Hackett in Montreal's net played a strong game stopping all but one shot.

"We knew we weren't that good in the first two periods," added Koivu. "We talked about it at the intermission, and we said we've got to go out there and play a strong third."

The Canadiens have won five of their last seven games and remained four points behind Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

"That was an awesome game. We rose to the challenge," Hackett said. "(Eric) Lindros is a great player, but we stopped him. Tonight, we had the last choice of lines, so we were able to match up against Lindros."

The Flyers are 2-8-2 in the last 12 games and have dropped from the top of the Eastern Conference to fifth during that span.

"We keep losing. It's causing concern. As a matter of fact, after this game I'd say it's a major concern," John Vanbiesbrouck said. "There's some urgency to end it in our next game."

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