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Flyers 5, Lightning 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 5, Lightning 2
Philadelphia Flyers 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Philadelphia Flyers appeared headed toward another stinker after blowing a two-goal lead. Then, an unlikely offensive candidate came up big.

Blair Betts and Mike Richards both scored two goals and the Flyers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Betts, who had just one goal in his previous 16 games this season, scored on an in-close redirection with 9:59 to play to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. Richards extended the Philadelphia advantage to 4-2 at 17:22 of the third.

"I don't score too often, obviously," said Betts, who has 31 goals in 356 NHL games. "I've always said you need your third- and fourth-line guys to contribute offensively. For the most part we've been relying on too few individuals to carry the load."

Simon Gagne had a late empty-net goal for Philadelphia, which stopped a four-game losing skid and also picked up its fourth win in the last 18 games. Michael Leighton made 31 saves.

"When you get these, it's a minor step," Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's really important and the guys worked for it, especially in the third period. We need to follow it up with a whole bunch of big steps."

The Flyers have scored three goals or more just three times in the last 15 games.

Philadelphia's trip to Tampa got off to a strange start when Tuesday's practice was canceled because of a sewage line problem in their locker room.

Tampa Bay got goals from Zenon Konopka and Victor Hedman. The Lightning, who have lost 11 of 14, were looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"Unacceptable," Konopka said. "Painful. Frustrating. It's not good enough at all. We have the horses. If we continue on this road, we're not making the playoffs."

Betts put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a fluke goal at 3:59 of the first. He was last Philadelphia player to touch the puck before Tampa Bay defenseman Andrej Meszaros accidentally sent it into his own net.

Richards made it 2-0 on his first goal in eight games, which came during a power play with 10:26 left in the first. The center assisted on Gagne's goal and has eight goals and 11 points in his last five games against Tampa Bay.

Konopka stopped a personal 61-game goal drought - dating to Dec. 14, 2005 - with a rebound goal to get Tampa Bay within 2-1 at 5:58 of the second. Hedman tied it at 2 from the top of the left circle with 7:58 remaining in the second.

"I think everybody is dejected," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. You've got to learn to win. Winning is very hard."

Lightning center Jeff Halpern and left wing Todd Fedoruk both left with undisclosed lower-body injuries.

NOTES: Flyers G Brian Boucher missed the game due to a right ring finger cut. ... Tampa Bay rookie C James Wright was a healthy scratch. He has no points in his last 13 games and has gone 21 consecutive games without a goal. ... Flyers C Darroll Powe returned after missing 16 games with a left shoulder strain. ... Lightning D Mattias Ohlund played in his 800th NHL game. ... Flyers D Ian Laperriere assisted on both of Betts' goal for his first points in 23 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:59
PHI
Blair Betts (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Carcillo (5), Ian Laperriere (4)
1 - 0 PHI
09:34
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Simon Gagne (6), Chris Pronger (18)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
05:58
TBL
Zenon Konopka (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Downie (8)
2 - 1 PHI
12:02
TBL
Victor Hedman (3) Slapshot - ASST: Kurtis Foster (7), Martin St. Louis (34)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
10:01
PHI
Blair Betts (3) Tip-in - ASST: Oskars Bartulis (4), Ian Laperriere (5)
3 - 2 PHI
17:22
PHI
Mike Richards (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (15), Oskars Bartulis (5)
4 - 2 PHI
19:26
PHI
EN - Simon Gagne (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (16), Mike Richards (15)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
09:01
TBL
Steve Downie  Cross checking against  Darroll Powe
10:31
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Cross checking against  Vincent Lecavalier
10:31
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Slashing against  Daniel Carcillo
13:25
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Darroll Powe
18:09
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Roughing against  Zenon Konopka
18:09
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
18:09
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Ryan Parent
2nd Period
01:55
PHI
Oskars Bartulis  Slashing against  Kurtis Foster
03:23
PHI
Simon Gagne  Roughing against  Kurtis Foster
14:57
PHI
Arron Asham  Hooking against  Stephane Veilleux
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Michael Leighton
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .939SH: 2 - 2
Mike Smith
SA: 35TOI: 59:25
Saves: 31EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0