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Richards scores second goal in OT, lifts Flyers to 4-3 win over Lightning

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PHILADELPHIA - Mike Richards scored two goals, including the winner 2:05 into overtime, and the Philadelphia Flyers sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth straight loss with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

Richards took a backhanded pass from Kimmo Timonen high in the slot and put a slapshot past Mike Smith.

The Lightning missed an opportunity to win with 16.3 seconds left in regulation when Ryan Malone was awarded a penalty shot, but he pushed the attempt wide of the net. Malone had hit the post on a breakaway, and was given the penalty shot when Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell threw his glove at the puck.

Jeff Carter scored the other two Philadelphia goals and added an assist for the Flyers, who had won six straight before dropping their previous two games.

Richards scored an unassisted, short-handed goal 36 seconds into the third period to break a 1-1 tie. The Flyers lead the NHL with 10 short-handed goals.

Carter, who is tied with Buffalo's Thomas Vanek for the league lead with 18 goals, scored on a scramble in front to put the Flyers ahead 3-1 at 4:36.

Vaclav Prospal's power-play marker on a deflection 21 seconds later got the Lightning within a goal. Steve Downie, making his first appearance for the Lightning since being acquired from the Flyers, tied it on a rebound at 15:25.

Mark Recchi scored the other goal for the Lightning, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

Martin Biron made 35 saves and kept the Lightning at bay during a five-minute power play that began at the end of the first period.

Smith, who stopped 28 shots, was shaken up with 5:50 left in the second period. Prospal's shin smacked the goalie's head as he was down on the ice after making a sprawling save on Hartnell. He came back to deny Hartnell again in spectacular fashion on back-to-back shots during a Flyers power play later in the period.

Carter put the Flyers ahead on a power play at 2:58 of the first period with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

Recchi, who like Prospal and Downie is another former Flyers forward, pulled the Lightning even with a power-play goal at 11:50 of the period. Left alone in front of the net, Recchi tapped in his own rebound.

Philadelphia's Scottie Upshall was assessed a major penalty and was ejected from the game for boarding Evgeny Artyukhin with 2:33 left in the first period.

The Flyers' Danny Briere, who returned after missing nine games with a groin strain, was forced to leave in the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

Notes: The Flyers reassigned LW Josh Gratton to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. ... Malone's five-game scoring streak was snapped. He had four goals and four assists during the run. ... Artyukhin hit the post with a shot late in the second period. ... Tampa Bay is 1-3-4 since Rick Tocchet took over for fired coach Barry Melrose.

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