TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for more than a
Brad Richards and Cory Stillman each had a goal and two assists for the
Lightning in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Fredrik Modin, Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle scored the other goals for
Tampa Bay. The Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who swept the four-game
season series with Philadelphia, are 10-1-1 in the past 12 games.
``If you want to talk about playing against and competing with the top teams
in the Eastern Conference, these are the games you have to get,'' Lightning
coach John Tortorella said.
Tampa Bay has an 18-point lead over second-place Florida. The victory moved
the Lightning within six points of the Flyers for the Eastern Conference's best
``We're just not going to try and play to win the division and shut it
down,'' Richards said. ``We want to do more. We've got to think like the top
teams in the conference and in the league.''
Richards gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead with 4:27 left in the second when he
redirected a waist-high pass from Stillman past goaltender Sean Burke during a
Boyle scored at 6:07 of the third period and Stillman at 13:55 to make it
``I think people are realizing we have a good team,'' Stillman said. ``We're
making up ground on teams.''
Mark Recchi and Tony Amonte scored for the Flyers, who have dropped two
straight after a five-game winning streak. Atlantic Division-leading
Philadelphia also had its seven-game road unbeaten streak end (6-0-1).
``We've really had two games in a row where the other teams' forwards have
been more dominant than ours,'' Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said.
``They've been able to outwork us.''
Modin put the Lightning up 1-0 just 2:56 in. He had missed practice Monday
because of back spasms.
After Recchi tied it with a power-play goal at 7:50, St. Louis skated down
the slot alone and scored on a backhander off a pass from Vincent Lecavalier to
make it 2-1 less than a minute later.
It was the 29th goal of the season and 100th overall for St. Louis.
The Flyers tied it at 2 when Amonte scored from the slot 5:14 into the
``They're obviously a playoff team and you've got to beat the playoffs teams
if you expect to go far,'' Flyers left wing John LeClair said. ``We didn't come
up against them the way we should have.''