TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Mike Richards regained his scoring touch, while Jeff Carter continued his high-scoring ways.
"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.
|Mike Richards (17) ASST: Mike Knuble (14), Simon Gagne (27)|
1 - 0 PHI
|PPG - Vinny Prospal (13) ASST: Paul Ranger (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Randy Jones (2) ASST: Mike Richards (32), Matthew Carle (10)|
2 - 1 PHI
|Mike Richards (18) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (14), Randy Jones (2)|
3 - 1 PHI
|Jeff Carter (31) ASST: Scott Hartnell (17), Kimmo Timonen (26)|
4 - 1 PHI
|Scott Hartnell (18) ASST: Ossi Vaananen (9), Antero Niittymaki (1)|
5 - 1 PHI
|Jeff Carter (32) ASST: NONE|
6 - 1 PHI
|Power Play %||15.9%||18.3%|
|% on Road||17.6%||14.3%|
|% at Home||14.3%||22.2%|
|Riley Cote Fighting (maj) against David Koci|
|David Koci Fighting (maj) against Riley Cote|
|Ryan Malone Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Scott Hartnell Roughing against Ryan Malone|
|Ryan Malone Holding against Joffrey Lupul|
|Steven Stamkos Tripping against Randy Jones|
|Mike Knuble Hi-sticking against Steve Eminger|
|Scottie Upshall Interference against Steve Downie|
|Braydon Coburn Hooking against Steve Downie|
|Arron Asham Slashing against Matt Pettinger|
|Kimmo Timonen Hooking against Ryan Malone|
|Steve Eminger Tripping against Glen Metropolit|
|Andrew Alberts Roughing against Ryan Malone|
|Jeff Halpern Tripping against Glen Metropolit|
|Simon Gagne Holding the stick against Andrej Meszaros|
|Braydon Coburn Roughing against Ryan Malone|
|Ryan Malone Hi-sticking against Braydon Coburn|
|Ryan Malone Fighting (maj) against Braydon Coburn|
|Braydon Coburn Fighting (maj) against Ryan Malone|
|Evgeny Artyukhin Tripping against Arron Asham|
|Arron Asham Charging against Steve Downie|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Arron Asham|
|Arron Asham Roughing against Steve Downie|
|Joffrey Lupul Hooking against Steve Downie|