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Philly has won five straight

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sean Burke is sure he'll savor his milestone
later.

Burke stopped 25 shots to get his 300th career win as the
Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 6-2 Saturday for
their fifth straight victory.

Burke, the 20th goalie to reach the milestone, won his second
straight -- both against the Rangers -- since being acquired from
Phoenix on Monday. He also got the victory in Philadelphia's 2-1 win at
New York on Thursday.

"Wins and losses is not really an individual stat," said Burke, a
16-year-NHL veteran. "I guess it means for me that I've been
around quite a while and I've been fortunate enough to be able to
win some games. I think you look back on those things more when
you're done playing than while you're playing."

Burke, who stopped 51 of 54 shots in the two wins, remembers
his first win -- as a member of the New Jersey Devils during the
1987-88 season.

"Boston Garden, 7-6 win in overtime," he said. "It wasn't a
gem, but it was a win."

Patrick Sharp scored two goals for the Flyers, who maintained
their nine-point lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. The
Devils beat Carolina 4-1 Saturday.

Radovan Somik, John LeClair, Michal Handzus and Tony Amonte
also scored and Kim Johnsson had three assists for the Flyers, who
have just one loss in their last 10 games (8-1-1).

Chris Simon and Alex Kovalev scored power-play goals for the
Rangers.

"One of the main reasons we lost was because of the play in our
own zone," said New York's Bobby Holik, who played in his 1,000th
NHL game. "We were pretty bad around the net, and I was pretty bad
myself. I have to take responsibility myself for our defensive zone
coverage."

Somik and LeClair scored within a span of 1:12 late in the first
period to put the Flyers ahead 2-0.

Somik, left alone in front of the net, took a pass from Johnsson and slid the puck low past the glove side of Rangers goalie Mike Dunham at 16:08. LeClair flipped in a shot from the right of the net at 17:20.

The Flyers broke it open with four goals on seven shots in the
second period.

Handzus knocked in a rebound of a shot by LeClair on a power
play at 3:32, and Amonte beat Dunham with a forehand shot to make
it 4-0 five minutes later.

Simon got the Rangers on the scoreboard with just under eight
minutes remaining in the period, redirecting a shot from the point
by Brian Leetch.

Sharp's two goals came when he scored unassisted at 14:39 and
on a rebound with 32 seconds left in the period.

Sharp, who has played most of the season with the Philadelphia
Phantoms of the AHL, was in the lineup replacing Jeremy Roenick,
who suffered a broken jaw in Thursday's game against the Rangers
and is out four to six weeks.

"Sharp is a smart player," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said.
"He is a guy that knows how to play his position. I don't think
that it's any accident that he continues to block shots in the
defensive zone."

Dunham gave up all six goals on just 18 shots, and he was replaced
by Jussi Markkanen to start the third period.

"It didn't go well for us in our zone, and they made us pay,"
Dunham said. "It's very frustrating.

"Philadelphia plays well defensively and has guys that can score goals, and they wait for you to turn the puck over."

Kovalev closed out the scoring at 3:25 of the third.

Game notes
Rangers RW Jaromir Jagr did not play because of a groin injury
sustained in Thursday's game. ... The Flyers were also without
Keith Primeau (left knee), who also was injured Thursday. He is day-to-day. ... Flyers LW Donald Brashear returned after missing three games with a sprained left knee.