NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
(Monday, November 14th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vaclav Prospal netted a hat trick and added an assist, as the Tampa Bay Lightning knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Prospal, a former Flyer, extended his career-best points streak to 10 games, as the Lightning ended its six-game losing streak.
Dan Boyle added a goal and an assist and Vincent Lecavalier had three assists in the Tampa Bay victory.
John Grahame was sharp in goal turning aside 22-of-24 Philadelphia shots.
Peter Forsberg scored both Philadelphia goals and Joni Pitkanen picked up two assists in the Flyers' loss, ending its six game win streak.
This marked the first meeting between the teams since the Lightning eliminated the Flyers in seven games in the Eastern Conference finals in 2004. Tampa Bay went on to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Calgary Flames.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the second period, Prospal scored his second of the game, giving Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead. Down a man, Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher sent a clearing attempt up the boards that Brad Richards knocked down at the point. Richards then found Prospal all alone in front, and he easily slipped the puck past Robert Esche for the power play goal at 15:45.
After Grahame stoned the Flyers' R.J. Umberger in front midway through the third, Tampa's Martin Cibak would fly down the ice and score, putting the Lightning up 4-2.
Cibak gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in all alone on Esche, and beat him with a backhand attempt for his first goal of the season at the 12:05 mark.
Prospal added an empty netter at 19:22 for his third goal of the game, sending the hats flying to the ice and locking up the win for Tampa Bay. The hat trick was the second of Prospal's career.
Philadelphia opened the game's scoring late in the first period after Forsberg netted his fifth of the season with 2:09 remaining. On the power play, Pitkanen feathered a cross ice pass to Forsberg at the right circle and he fired a wrist shot that beat Grahame just under the crossbar.
Tampa Bay stormed right back, tying the game 17 seconds later. Lecavalier made a nifty backhand pass to Prospal down low and he cut into the slot on his forehand, beating Esche at the 18:08 mark for his 11th goal of the season.
Just 32 seconds into the second stanza, Boyle gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 edge. Pavel Kubina dished the puck off to Boyle at the point and he unleashed a wrist shot that found its way past Esche for the power play goal.
Forsberg scored his second of the game at the 3:13 mark of the second. With the man advantage, Pitkanen hit Forsberg with a pass as he entered the Lightning zone and he let go a slap shot from the slot that beat Grahame high glove side.
Philadelphia has lost five straight regular season matchups against Tampa Bay...Lightning forward Martin St. Louis is expected to miss two to four weeks with a fractured finger. St. Louis' left hand was hit by a Darryl Sydor shot during practice Sunday, fracturing a bone in the tip of his ring finger. He also reportedly suffered a fractured nail bed, which required surgery to remove and reattach the nail.
11/14 22:29:39 ET