NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Philadelphia|
(Thursday, March 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Tampa Bay 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter posted two goals, including
the game-winner late in the third period, as Philadelphia edged Tampa Bay,
3-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Carter extended his point streak to four games (five goals, two assists), and
scratched the scoresheet for the sixth time in the last seven games (6G, 3A).
Daniel Briere also tallied in his return to the Philadelphia lineup after
missing one game with a sprained right shoulder.
"Carts (Carter) was really a determined individual tonight," said Flyers head
coch John Stevens. "It's not surprising that he'd come through and get us
going with a great goal early and put it away late. He just seems to be the
guy you want on the ice all the time."
Martin Biron turned aside 18 shots, as the Flyers snapped a two-game skid
and beat the Lightning in Philadelphia for the first time since January 18,
2003 -- breaking a string of eight consecutive loses.
With 76 points, the Orange and Black occupy the eighth spot in the Eastern
Conference playoff race, three ahead of Buffalo. They also pulled to within a
point of the seventh-seeded Boston Bruins, who lost to Toronto on Thursday.
Jussi Jokinen and Michel Ouellet scored for the Lightning, who have gone 1-7-1
in their last nine games to fall further out of playoff contention in the
East. Mike Smith stopped 22-of-25 shots in the loss.
With the game tied at 2-all, Carter posted his second goal of the night with
just 1:54 remaining in the third, as he ripped a shot from the high slot that
found its way through traffic and over the left shoulder of Smith.
Tampa Bay, which had registered just two shots in the third period, then
yanked its netminder in favor of the extra attacker. It didn't produce the
desired result, however, as the Lightning never got another shot at Biron.
The Lightning struck just 31 seconds into the contest, as Jokinen deposited
the puck into a nearly empty net from off the right side. The scoring chance
came as Dan Boyle gave chase to the puck, and from the endboards sent it back
in front. Martin St. Louis then took the initial shot, but it was blocked and
ricocheted right to Jokinen.
The Flyers tied it with 5:09 left in the stanza, as R.J. Umberger picked off
an errant Tampa pass at the blue line and raced the other way in a 2-on-1 with
Briere. Briere then moved in behind the defenseman, and ripped Umberger's feed
high over the glove of Smith to make it 1-1.
"All I wanted to do was that if I could come in and provide a little spark, no
matters how, get us (two points)," said Briere. "That's all I was looking for;
for us to pick up some points or in the standings."
Carter then made it 2-1, and posted his career-best 24th goal of the season,
when he roofed a backhand shot up and over Smith with 3:09 remaining.
Tampa re-tied it at 8:18 of the second, as Ouellet deposited a give-and-go
from Jokinen past Biron on the near side.
Carter has seven career two-goal games...When the Flyers score three goals or
more they are 32-9-6. They are also 27-4-2 when opponents have two or fewer
goals...Briere is the team's second-leading scorer with 58 points in 67
games...Philadelphia's Mike Richards is expected to miss at least another week
with a torn left hamstring...The Lightning are 13-3-0 against the Flyers since
the beginning of 2003-04, including a 2-2-0 mark this season...Flyers forward
Vinny Prospal faced the Lightning for the first time since they traded him to
Philadelphia on Feb. 25.
03/06 22:54:06 ET