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Philadelphia
Flyers
44-27-11
Tampa Bay
Lightning
24-40-18

32 SOG
44 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
PHI
TBL
game recap

Lightning 4, Flyers 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:23 AM

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Vincent Lecavalier admitted trade speculation about him was starting to take a toll. So the Tampa Bay All-Star center and his teammates went out and played one of their best games this season.

Martin St. Louis, Andrej Meszaros and Ryan Craig scored during a 2:03 span of the second period to lead the Lightning to their fourth victory in six games, 4-1 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Lecavalier has been part of trade rumors involving the Montreal Canadiens.

"These last four or five days, I want to say I wasn't distracted but I was," Lecavalier said. "I think anybody would."

Lightning GM Brian Lawton reiterated that the team is not seeking to trade Lecavalier.

"There's no plan to trade him," Lawton said. "He's not being traded today. He's not being traded tomorrow or anytime soon."

Lecavalier gave Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead on a penalty shot at 12:34 of the third.

"Vinny is a professional," St. Louis said. "I thought he was great out there. It's just the nature of the business. We've just got to be strong mentally."

Mark Recchi had two assists for the Lightning. The Tampa Bay right wing tied Dale Hawerchuk for 17th place on the NHL's career points list with 1,409.

Joffrey Lupul scored for Philadelphia. The Flyers have lost four of six.

"We're not paying a big enough price to win a hockey game right now," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. "We didn't match their level of desperation and the result was indicative of that."

St. Louis tied it at 1 from the right circle with 5:12 left in the second. Meszaros made it 2-1 from the low right circle on the power play 25 seconds later. Craig gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead at 16:51.

"When you win usually people stay together," Tampa Bay interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "I think that's a good rallying cry. It was good effort. Obviously Vinny played a great game, and all the way down the list."

Both of Meszaros' goals this season have come in the last five games.

Lupul put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a backhander during a power play at 5:21 of the second.

"We're just getting outworked," Flyers center Mike Richards said. "It's kind of embarrassing how much they outworked us."

Mike Smith made 31 saves as the Lightning improved to 4-14-6 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game.

"You don't like to hear rumors that go on, and obviously it's going to happen," Smith said. "The good teams don't worry about what's going on in the media, and try just to play hockey."

Notes: Flyers D Kimmo Timonen required stitches inside and outside of his mouth after getting cut on the upper lip in the first period. ... Tampa Bay outshot the Flyers 44-32. ... Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Steven Galson, dropped the ceremonial first puck. ... Flyers RW Claude Giroux returned after missing five games because of a concussion. ... Tampa Bay recalled RW Steve Downie from Norfolk of the AHL. D Vladmir Mihalik was reassigned to Norfolk. ... Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman was at the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:21
PHI
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (19), Matthew Carle (9)
1 - 0 PHI
14:48
TBL
Martin St. Louis (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (12), Mark Recchi (17)
1 - 1 Tie
15:13
TBL
PPG - Andrej Meszaros (2) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Malone (12), Mark Recchi (18)
2 - 1 TBL
16:51
TBL
Ryan Craig (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (3), Adam Hall (4)
3 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
12:34
TBL
PS - Vincent Lecavalier (18) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:12
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Downie
00:12
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
08:03
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Interference against  Steve Eminger
09:53
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Interference against  Mike Knuble
16:41
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
02:06
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Tripping against  Andrew Alberts
05:06
TBL
Mark Recchi  Interference against  Matthew Carle
09:13
PHI
Jeff Carter  Slashing against  Evgeny Artyukhin
11:58
PHI
Riley Cote  Misconduct (10 min)
11:58
TBL
David Koci  Misconduct (10 min)
15:05
PHI
Randy Jones  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 44TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 34 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .909SH: 3 - 3
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
11-15-9
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .969SH: 0 - 0