NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
(Friday, March 17th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Philadelphia 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Craig scored a pair of goals to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at St. Pete Times Forum.
Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal added a goal and an assist each for the Lightning, who have won two of their last three contests. John Grahame came up with 28 saves in the win.
Peter Forsberg, Jeff Carter and Nicholas Dimitrakos all lit the lamp for Philadelphia, which has dropped three of its last four overall. Robert Esche, meanwhile, surrendered five goals on 24 shots.
Forsberg put the Flyers on the board first with a tally at the 5:56 mark of the first period. The star center rushed in on the attack and released a shot from the left circle that was saved by Grahame, but the long rebound bounced off a defenseman and into the back of the net.
The Lightning, however, responded with three unanswered goals to finish the frame.
Tampa evened the game at the 8:17 mark, as Dan Boyle's wrister from the circle deflected off of Craig and past Esche. Then, with a little under eight minutes to play in the first, the Lightning got their second straight power play goal on a bad angle shot by Prospal.
Craig's second deflection goal of the night just 47 seconds later gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 edge.
"I thought the key was making sure when we got down 1-0 to come back and answer right away, and obviously score a couple more after that," said Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella.
After a scoreless second, Fredrik Modin registered his 27th goal of the season with 14:16 to play to make it a three-goal game.
The Flyers used a couple of less-than-spectacular goals to get back in it. Carter's soft wrister from a sharp angle made its way in at the 6:50 mark, and Grahame's clearing attempt several minutes later ricocheted off Dimitrakos and then into the back of the cage to make it 4-3.
"I thought we battled back real well. Tonight we showed that we can hang with them. But it was an uphill battle the entire way," Forsberg said.
However, Lecavalier scored on a pretty wraparound goal with under two minutes to play, and Brad Richards added an empty-netter to secure the win.
The Flyers welcomed center Michal Handzus back to the lineup. Handzus, who has eight goals and 30 assists this season, has been sidelined since February 11 with a shoulder injury. He logged 8:34 of ice time but did not record a point...This marked the third contest of a four-game road trip for the Flyers, who are 18-11-4 as the visitor this year. Philly will wrap up the trip Saturday in Atlanta...The Lightning are 4-0 against Philadelphia this season and have won eight straight and nine of the last 10 regular-season meetings.
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