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game recap

Lightning 6, Flyers 3

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:47 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 6, Flyers 3
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The defending Stanley Cup champions got a big lift from a rookie.

Ryan Craig had his first two-goal game in the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Friday night.

"Go the net, sometimes you get lucky," Craig said. "Being in the right place at the right time. It's good to help the team out."

Craig has 12 goals in 33 games this season.

Vinny Prospal, Fredrik Modin, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards also scored for the Lightning, who won for the third time in nine games. Tampa Bay has won eight straight against Philadelphia, the team it defeated in the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.

"Both teams really look forward to playing against one another," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.

The Lightning are seventh in the East. They have a three-point lead over eighth-place Montreal and are four ahead of ninth-place Atlanta.

Philadelphia got goals from Peter Forsberg, Jeff Carter and Niko Dimitrakos. The Flyers, two points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers, are 3-5-1 since the Olympic break.

"What's disappointing is we had a lot of effort," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We made some mistakes. You don't want to waste efforts like we had tonight."

Forsberg put the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 5:56 of the first period. Lightning goalie John Grahame stopped Forsberg's shot, but the rebound hit Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina and went into the net.

Three straight Philadelphia penalties led to three Tampa Bay goals.

The Lightning tied it 1-1 on the power play when Craig redirected Dan Boyle's shot at 8:17. Prospal scored a 5-on-3 goal from the bottom of the right circle at 12:03 before Craig made it 3-1 just one second after another power play ended with 7:10 left in the first.

Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher received a 5-minute boarding penalty for a hit on Richards and was ejected 49 seconds into the third.

"He sees me, turns away. You can't stop," Hatcher said. "If he keeps going and takes the hit, it's not even an issue right now."

Kubina was given a roughing penalty in the ensuing scrum.

"My only concern is the butt end by Kubina," Hitchcock said. "To me, there should be a suspension for that or there should be a review of that at least. He was within an eyelash of taking Hatch's eye out."

Modin scored Tampa Bay's third power-play goal at 5:44 of the third. Carter got Philadelphia within 4-2 on the power play at 6:50.

A mistake by Grahame allowed the Flyers to pull within 4-3 with 5:19 left. He tried to clear the puck up the slot, but the attempt hit Dimitrakos and wound up in the net.

Lecavalier got the goal back with a nifty wraparound with 1:43 left. Lecavalier, who was knocked down after scoring by Philadelphia's Denis Gauthier, received an instigator, fighting and game misconduct penalties for going after the defenseman. Gauthier wasn't given a penalty.

"Vinny gets an instigator penalty. Why? I don't know. Because, he got run over," Tortorella said. "Gauthier knew the puck was in, that play was done. I love the way Vinny responded. I like the way Kubina responded."

The NHL office will review the play.

"He's the one that instigated it by hitting me late after a goal," Lecavalier said. "I definitely don't think I should get suspended."

Richards closed the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Notes: Flyers C Michal Handzus (shoulder) returned after missing eight games. ... Philadelphia RW Sami Kapanen (sore shoulder) didn't play. ... Tampa Bay was without G Sean Burke, who broke the tip of his right index finger in practice Thursday and is out indefinitely. ... Philadelphia RW Turner Stevenson (hip) sat for the fourth consecutive game.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:56
PHI
SHG - Peter Forsberg (17) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PHI
08:17
TBL
PPG - Ryan Craig (11) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Boyle (32)
1 - 1 Tie
12:03
TBL
PPG - Vinny Prospal (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Richards (49), Pavel Kubina (31)
2 - 1 TBL
12:50
TBL
Ryan Craig (12) Snap shot - ASST: Darryl Sydor (14), Dan Boyle (33)
3 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:44
TBL
PPG - Freddy Modin (27) Slapshot - ASST: Darryl Sydor (15), Vincent Lecavalier (29)
4 - 1 TBL
06:50
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Freddy Meyer (12), Joni Pitkanen (22)
4 - 2 TBL
14:41
PHI
Niko Dimitrakos (5) Tip-in - ASST: NONE
4 - 3 TBL
18:17
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (31) Wrap-around - ASST: Martin St. Louis (28), Vinny Prospal (46)
5 - 3 TBL
19:37
TBL
SHG - EN - Brad Richards (20) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:50
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Tripping
04:21
PHI
Petr Nedved  Tripping
07:10
PHI
Donald Brashear  Hooking
10:16
PHI
Simon Gagne  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:49
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Roughing
2nd Period
03:18
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Slashing
06:32
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Cross checking
12:00
PHI
Eric Desjardins  Tripping
12:16
TBL
Freddy Modin  Hooking
3rd Period
00:24
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Hooking
00:49
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Boarding (maj)
00:49
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Game misconduct
00:49
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Roughing
06:41
TBL
Dan Boyle  Tripping
08:30
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Tripping
18:17
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Instigator
18:17
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Fighting (maj)
18:17
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Misconduct (10 min)
18:17
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Robert Esche
SA: 24TOI: 59:17
Saves: 19EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .792SH: 0 - 0
John Grahame
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 2