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

32 SOG
42 SOG
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PHI
TBL
game recap

Flyers 6, Lightning 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:23 AM

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Mike Richards regained his scoring touch, while Jeff Carter continued his high-scoring ways.

Carter scored twice in a third period to take the NHL goal lead, and Richards had two goals and an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

"I thought our team worked hard tonight, and it's nice to see us capitalize," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

With his 31st and 32nd goals, Carter moved one ahead of Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Richards entered the night with one goal in his previous 12 games.

"The puck kind of followed me," Richards said. "I feel like I was getting the chances before, I just wasn't getting the results."

Randy Jones and Scott Hartnell also scored to help Philadelphia win for the third time in four games.

Vinny Prospal scored for the Lightning, who have lost on consecutive days after a three-game winning streak. The Lightning failed to score on a penalty shot and had two goals disallowed, both of which the Tampa Bay players thought the video review process got wrong.

"They have to do better than that," Tampa Bay right wing Mark Recchi said. "We're fighting for our playoff life and calls like that really hurt our hockey club. It's not right. I think they made some mistakes tonight."

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead when Jones scored on the power play from the low left circle off a pass from Richards at 8:05 of the second. Richards extended the lead to 3-1 with 5:19 remaining in the period.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis shot the puck over the net early in the third on a short-handed penalty shot. Fifty-three seconds after officials disallowed Steven Stamkos' goal because they ruled he knocked the puck into the net with a high stick, Carter scored to make it 4-1 at 7:59.

"I believe 100 percent it was (a goal)," Stamkos said. "It's a tough thing to swallow. It's a tough loss."

Hartnell and Carter completed the Flyers' three-goal third.

Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki made several nice saves during a Tampa Bay 5-on-3 power play, and also stopped Jeff Halpern during a breakaway in the second.

Richards put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a breakaway goal at 7:03 of the first. Prospal tied it at 1 on a power-play goal with 2:05 left in the period.

Tampa Bay also had a goal disallowed after a video review with 37.1 seconds to go in the first. It was decided that Recchi intentionally kicked the puck into the net.

"They made the wrong call," Recchi said. "If you look at it in fast motion, there's no way I can react to that puck. It's a terrible call on their part, and it made a big difference in the game."

Recchi has 533 goals, tying him for 29th place on the NHL career list with Frank Mahovlich.

Notes: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended the game. She spent time postgame in the Tampa Bay's coaches room talking with members of the coaching staff and players. ... Lightning backup G Olaf Kolzig was scheduled to undergo what is expected to be season-ending surgery on his left forearm Saturday. ... Richards has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:03
PHI
Mike Richards (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (14), Simon Gagne (27)
1 - 0 PHI
17:55
TBL
PPG - Vinny Prospal (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Ranger (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:05
PHI
PPG - Randy Jones (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (32), Matthew Carle (10)
2 - 1 PHI
14:41
PHI
Mike Richards (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (14), Randy Jones (2)
3 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
07:59
PHI
Jeff Carter (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Hartnell (17), Kimmo Timonen (26)
4 - 1 PHI
10:47
PHI
Scott Hartnell (18) Slapshot - ASST: Ossi Vaananen (9), Antero Niittymaki (1)
5 - 1 PHI
13:08
PHI
Jeff Carter (32) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:23
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
05:23
TBL
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
08:34
TBL
Ryan Malone  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
08:34
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
11:06
TBL
Ryan Malone  Holding against  Joffrey Lupul
13:39
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Tripping against  Randy Jones
13:44
PHI
Mike Knuble  Hi-sticking against  Steve Eminger
16:31
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Interference against  Steve Downie
18:21
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Hooking against  Steve Downie
2nd Period
03:18
PHI
Arron Asham  Slashing against  Matt Pettinger
03:31
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
06:12
TBL
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Glen Metropolit
10:54
PHI
Andrew Alberts  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
13:03
TBL
Jeff Halpern  Tripping against  Glen Metropolit
14:22
PHI
Simon Gagne  Holding the stick against  Andrej Meszaros
17:24
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
17:24
TBL
Ryan Malone  Hi-sticking against  Braydon Coburn
19:31
TBL
Ryan Malone  Fighting (maj) against  Braydon Coburn
19:31
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Malone
3rd Period
04:27
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Tripping against  Arron Asham
08:38
PHI
Arron Asham  Charging against  Steve Downie
08:38
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Arron Asham
08:38
PHI
Arron Asham  Roughing against  Steve Downie
17:21
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Hooking against  Steve Downie
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 41EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 20 - 21
SV%: .976SH: 3 - 3
Riku Helenius
SA: 2TOI: 6:52
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
14-18-9
SA: 30TOI: 53:01
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .800SH: 4 - 4