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Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Philadelphia Flyers 5 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Philadelphia Flyers 5 FINAL OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Keith Primeau saved the Philadelphia Flyers' season. Simon Gagne gave them at least one more game.

Gagne scored his second goal with 1:42 left in overtime, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Tampa. The winner will play the Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup finals, beginning Tuesday.

``I need everybody around me to help. I got that tonight,'' said Primeau, who scored twice, including the tying goal with 1:49 left in regulation.

The Flyers are seeking their eighth trip to the Cup finals, and first since getting swept by Detroit in 1997. The Lightning, in the playoffs for just the third time in the franchise's 12 seasons, have never reached the Cup finals.

After Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made several outstanding saves in the extra period, the Primeau-Gagne-Jeremy Roenick line struck again in their first game together.

Primeau took a shot that hit Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina and went to Roenick, whose shot bounced to Gagne at the other side of the net. Gagne snapped a shot that hit Khabibulin and squeaked in.

``The puck went right to my stick and I shot it as hard as I could,'' Gagne said. ``I was excited when I saw that line on the board this morning.''

Sami Kapanen also had a goal for Philadelphia, which won its second overtime game of the playoffs.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier each scored twice for the Lightning.

``If we win Game 7, this game has no bearing,'' Lightning center Tim Taylor said. ``We can't get on the plane and mope around.''

Fedotenko's first goal against his former teammates tied it at 3 in the second period. He scored on a power play from almost the same spot on a near-identical pass from Dave Andreychuk to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead with 2:27 left in the second.

But Tampa Bay seemed content to sit on the lead in the third period, and Primeau finally made them pay for it. From the left side of the net, Primeau kicked the puck through Khabibulin's pads, came around the other side and jammed it in to send the game to overtime.

``The whole line was unbelievable,'' Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said of Primeau's line. ``Keith led the charge, but he had a right wing and a left wing that were right there with him.''

Primeau, the Flyers' captain, has been dominant in the postseason, scoring nine goals in 16 games after getting nine goals in 110 playoff games coming into the year.

Now, the injury-depleted Flyers, playing without defensemen Eric Desjardins and Marcus Ragnarsson and forward Radovan Somik, are one victory away from playing for the Cup.

``This team has a special quality. It won't quit,'' Hitchcock said.

A raucous, orange-clad crowd went silent when Lecavalier scored a breakaway goal to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead just 88 seconds into the game.

But a pretty, backhanded goal by Gagne off a kick-pass from Primeau tied it at 1. Primeau then gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead with a one-timer off a perfect pass from Vladimir Malakhov.

Lecavalier's second goal tied it at 2 just 45 seconds into the second period. His slap shot sailed past Flyers defenseman Mattias Timander and just under Robert Esche's glove.

``It's disappointing, especially when you are that close,'' Lecavalier said. ``Maybe we should have pushed a little more in the third period.''

Kapanen, back at left wing after injuries forced him to play defense most of the series, gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead, scoring on a slap shot from a side angle.

Less than three minutes later, Fedotenko tied it at 3 with a slap shot from the slot. He had one goal, which came with the Flyers, in 22 playoff games, before scoring eight this postseason.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:28
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (8) ASST: Martin St. Louis (11)
1 - 0 TBL
07:23
PHI
Simon Gagne (4) ASST: Keith Primeau (6), Jeremy Roenick (8)
1 - 1 Tie
17:01
PHI
Keith Primeau (8) ASST: Vladimir Malakhov (5)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
00:45
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (9) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
12:42
PHI
Sami Kapanen (3) ASST: Alexei Zhamnov (10)
3 - 2 PHI
15:15
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko (7) ASST: Dave Andreychuk (8), Martin St. Louis (12)
3 - 3 Tie
17:33
TBL
PPG - Ruslan Fedotenko (8) ASST: Dave Andreychuk (9), Brad Richards (7)
4 - 3 TBL
3rd Period
18:11
PHI
Keith Primeau (9) ASST: Mattias Timander (4)
4 - 4 Tie
1st OT Period
18:18
PHI
Simon Gagne (5) ASST: Jeremy Roenick (9), Keith Primeau (7)
5 - 4 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:02
PHI
Tony Amonte  Roughing against  Nolan Pratt
03:02
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Roughing against  Tony Amonte
12:30
TBL
Dave Andreychuk  Slashing against  Kim Johnsson
2nd Period
00:14
PHI
Robert Esche  Hi-sticking against  Andre Roy
00:14
TBL
Andre Roy  Slashing against  Robert Esche
17:13
PHI
Danny Markov  Hi-sticking against  Ruslan Fedotenko
3rd Period
NONE
1st OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 43TOI: 78:18
Saves: 38EV: 38 - 43
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .884SH: 0 - 0
Robert Esche
SA: 29TOI: 78:18
Saves: 25EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 2PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0
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