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Tampa Bay Beats Flyers, 5-2

Tuesday, 11.15.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Tampa Bay Beats Flyers, 5-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Vinny Prospal led the way as the Tampa Bay Lightning played like the Stanley Cup champions again.

Prospal had three goals and an assist to help the Lightning snap a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

"It's a win, it's two points, but more important is how we did it,'Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's not what you do last year, it's what you do right now. That's what I think we re-established for tonight's game.''

Prospal has eight goals and 18 points during a 10-game point streak. His second goal of the game, coming on the power play, put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with 4:15 left in the second period. The center was left alone in the front of the net and scored after taking a pass from Brad Richards.

Martin Cibak extended the Lightning's lead to 4-2 on a breakaway with 7:55 to play. Prospal completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 37.3 seconds left.

"For the team, it's great that we were able to play a game like this,'Prospal said. "For me personally, it's great to get a hat trick. It feels a lot better when we win the game.'

Peter Forsberg scored twice for the Flyers, who had won six straight. He has six goals and 31 points in 16 games this season.

"They came at us hard, and we turned the puck over way too many times,''Forsberg said. "They were all over us. They worked hard and they wanted to win. You could see they were a desperate team and we weren't.'

Tampa Bay was without right wing Martin St. Louis, who is expected to miss at least two weeks after breaking a bone near the tip of his left ring finger at practice on Sunday.

It was the first meeting between the teams since Tampa Bay beat the Flyers 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 22, 2004. The Lightning then defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.

"I thought as the game wore on we were out-competed,'Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This was like a playoff game. For a game where you''re going to checked this hard, I thought we had too many people below the bar today. Way too many people.'

Forsberg put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a power-play goal at 17:51 of the first. Prospal tied it at 1 on his goal 17 seconds later.

After Dan Boyle's power-play goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead 32 second into the second, Forsberg scored his second man-advantage goal to make it 2-all at 3:13.

Lightning goalie John Grahame made 22 saves.

"It's only one game, but it's going to boost this team,'Grahame said.

Philadelphia's Robert Esche stopped 28 shots.

Notes: Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk played in his 1,615 game, which ties him for fifth place all-time with Larry Murphy. Flyers RW Turner Stevenson took part in Monday's morning skate. He has been sidelined since undergoing right hip surgery on Oct. 18. "Hopefully within the next week he'll be ready to play,'Hitchcock said. Lightning backup G Sean Burke (strained groin) dressed after missing the past seven games.Tampa Bay C Vincent Lecavalier had three assists, all coming on Prospal goals.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
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10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
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12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 63 19 46 5 65
C. Giroux 62 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 63 25 18 -1 43
M. Streit 63 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 63 12 23 -5 35
S. Couturier 63 12 16 1 28
M. Del Zotto 51 8 17 -5 25
M. Read 63 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 48 14 4 6 18
V. Lecavalier 45 7 10 -8 17
 
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