TAMPA, Fla. -- The Flyers' record-breaking slide is over.
Simon Gagne scored two goals, Peter Forsberg had three assists and Robert Esche made 42 saves, helping Philadelphia stop a franchise-record, 10-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
"Thankfully, we got the win," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "There haven't been a lot of smiling faces around here lately. The bottom line, I thought the work ethic and the fight on the puck was terrific."
"It's been a struggle," Forsberg said. "We have not played as good as we wanted. As a team, I think we played a good game."
Philadelphia also ended a 10-game regular-season losing streak against the Lightning. The Flyers' previous win against Tampa Bay came on April 4, 2003.
"I felt like it was a big game for us," Forsberg said. "We needed to put a stop on this losing streak we had, especially playing Tampa. We had a long losing streak against them too, so it's great to get a win."
"We're going to get ourselves out of this," Tampa Bay center Brad Richards said. "It's got to stop."
The Flyers went up 4-1 in the second when Gagne scored his second of the game at 9:30 and Kapanen had a breakaway goal with 17.9 seconds remaining.
Kuba had a power-play goal at 1:18 of the third before Fedotenko cut the Lightning deficit to 4-3 with 5:58 to play.
Zhitnik stopped a personal 21-game goal-scoring drought to put the Flyers up 1-0 on the power play at 4:01 of the first. After St. Louis' 5-on-3 power-play goal tied it at 10:06, Gagne made it 2-1 during a 2-on-1 with 3:19 left in the period.
"We needed a good start and it just wasn't there," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "No excuse, and I have no explanation."
Esche made a glove save on Dan Boyle's shot from the top of the top circle during a 1:08 5-on-3 Tampa Bay power play midway through the second. The goalie was making his first start and second appearance since undergoing right groin surgery on Nov. 29.
"It's a game we've got to win at this time of the year against a team that's struggling," Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle said. "We need a more balanced attack."
|Simon Gagne celebrates the first of this two goals with teammate Peter Forsberg. (AP)|
|Philadelphia (9-23-4) «||2||2||0||4|
|Tampa Bay (17-19-2)||1||0||2||3|
Save Pct.: .933
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|04:01||Power Play - Alexei Zhitnik (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Peter Forsberg and Joni Pitkanen|
|10:06||Power Play - Martin St. Louis (25), Slap Shot - Assists: Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle|
|16:41||Simon Gagne (18), Snap Shot - Assists: Mike Knuble and Peter Forsberg|
|09:30||Simon Gagne (19), Wrist Shot - Assists: Joni Pitkanen and Peter Forsberg|
|19:42||Sami Kapanen (5), Snap Shot - Assist: Jeff Carter|
|01:18||Power Play - Filip Kuba (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist|
|14:02||Ruslan Fedotenko (10), Wrist Shot - Assists: Dan Boyle and Vincent Lecavalier|
|02:59||Lecavalier: Hooking - 2 min.|
|08:13||Carter: Tripping - 2 min.|
|09:13||Gagne: High sticking - 2 min.|
|01:16||Zhitnik: Holding - 2 min.|
|06:24||Roy: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.|
|06:24||Picard: Hooking - 2 min.|
|11:45||Hatcher: Hooking - 2 min.|
|12:37||Pitkanen: High sticking - 2 min.|
|16:16||Fedotenko: Hooking - 2 min.|
|00:57||Knuble: Interference - 2 min.|
|03:09||Forsberg: Roughing - 2 min.|
|03:09||Boyle: Roughing - 2 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 21171|
|Game Time - 60:00|
|Referees - Wes McCauley, Chris Rooney|
|Line Judges - Scott Driscoll, Mark Shewchyk|