NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, February 17th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Cory Stillman and Brad Richards notched a goal and two assists, as the Tampa Bay Lightning continued their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at St. Pete Times Forum.
Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle each posted a goal and an assist while Fredrik Modin also scored for the Lightning, who are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1).
Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves for Tampa Bay, which has won all four of its contests versus the Flyers this season.
"I thought everyone contributed," said Lightning coach John Tortorella.
Mark Recchi and Tony Amonte scored for Philadelphia, which has now dropped two straight after a five-game winning streak. The Flyers, who lead the Atlantic Division, continued to play without their two All-Star centers, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau, who are out with head injuries.
Sean Burke displayed another poor outing for Philadelphia. After allowing five goals on 20 shots against San Jose on Monday night, the recently-acquired veteran netminder again let in five in this one, falling to 2-2 with Philly.
After twice losing a one-goal lead, Tampa Bay went ahead 3-2 during the latter stages of the second frame. Shortly following a nice save by Khabibulin, Tampa Bay gained control in its offensive zone.
Stillman and Richards hustled for what developed into a 2-on-1, with Stillman holding the puck inside the right circle. His pass attempt across the slot was deflected into the air, but Richards batted it home from in front with 4:27 remaining in the second.
"I knew I had to saucer it. I was hoping it landed, but it didn't and he (Richards) hit it out of midair," said Stillman.
Over six minutes into the third period, a nice pass allowed Boyle to seal the victory. Martin Cibak fired the puck from along the right half-wall to Boyle, who got behind the Philadelphia defense and redirected the puck home at the left post for a 4-2 Tampa Bay edge.
Stillman's 17th goal later in the final frame created the final margin.
Tampa Bay is now 7-0-1-1 in its last nine home games.
The Lightning took a 1-0 lead just before three minutes had been played in the opening period. Modin took a pass from Stillman and beat Burke with a one- timer from the right circle at 2:56.
Recchi's 22nd goal of the season, a power-play tally, then tied the contest at one apiece when he deflected a Joni Pitkanen slap shot with 12:10 to play in the first stanza.
Tampa Bay regained the lead under a minute later. Vincent Lecavalier streaked down the right-wing side and centered the puck to St. Louis, who made a nice deke move and tucked in his 29th goal from the top of the crease at 8:46.
Over five minutes into the second, the Flyers knotted the score again. Simon Gagne picked up his own rebound behind the net and feathered a pass out to the low slot before Amonte one-timed the disc past Khabibulin at the 5:14 mark.
The Lightning improved to 15-2-1-1 overall in the last 19 games...St. Louis extended his point streak to five games and has five goals and five assists during that stretch, while Lecavalier has a six-game point streak...The Flyers are now 9-3-1 in their last 13...Philly went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Lightning were scoreless on four chances with the extra skater...Burke faced 36 shots.
02/17 23:15:14 ET