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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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