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Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Flyers finally find winning path, end 10-game losing streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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."

Alexei Zhitnik and Sami Kapanen also scored for the Flyers, who won for the first time since beating the New York Islanders 3-2 on Nov. 30.

"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."

Tampa Bay got goals from Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba and Ruslan Fedotenko. The Lightning have lost 10 of 14.

"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."

Notes

  • Washington (1975) and San Jose (1993) hold the NHL record for consecutive losses with 17. The third longest skid was 15-games by the Philadelphia Quakers from Nov. 29, 1930-Jan. 8, 1931. The Quakers ceased operations after finishing the 1930-31 season with a 4-36-4 record.
  • The Flyers called up G Scott Munroe from Philadelphia of the AHL to replace injured G Antero Niittymaki (slight left hip strain). RW Darren Reid was reassigned to the minors.
  • Richards assisted on Kuba's goal for his 400th NHL point.
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Simon Gagne celebrates the first of this two goals with teammate Peter Forsberg. (AP)
Simon Gagne celebrates the first of this two goals with teammate Peter Forsberg. (AP)
Scoreboard
Philadelphia  (9-23-4) «2204
Tampa Bay (17-19-2)1023
Three Stars
S. Gagne
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Forsberg
PHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
R. Esche
PHI


Saves: 42
Save Pct.: .933

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:01Power Play - Alexei Zhitnik (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Peter Forsberg and Joni Pitkanen
10:06Power Play - Martin St. Louis (25), Slap Shot - Assists: Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle
16:41Simon Gagne (18), Snap Shot - Assists: Mike Knuble and Peter Forsberg
2ND PERIOD
09:30Simon Gagne (19), Wrist Shot - Assists: Joni Pitkanen and Peter Forsberg
19:42Sami Kapanen (5), Snap Shot - Assist: Jeff Carter
3RD PERIOD
01:18Power Play - Filip Kuba (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist
14:02Ruslan Fedotenko (10), Wrist Shot - Assists: Dan Boyle and Vincent Lecavalier
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:59Lecavalier: Hooking - 2 min.
08:13Carter: Tripping - 2 min.
09:13Gagne: High sticking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
01:16Zhitnik: Holding - 2 min.
06:24Roy: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
06:24Picard: Hooking - 2 min.
11:45Hatcher: Hooking - 2 min.
12:37Pitkanen: High sticking - 2 min.
16:16Fedotenko: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
00:57Knuble: Interference - 2 min.
03:09Forsberg: Roughing - 2 min.
03:09Boyle: Roughing - 2 min.
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Philadelphia128626
Tampa Bay12181545
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Robert Esche60:00423
Johan Holmqvist59:05224
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Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Wes McCauley, Chris Rooney
Line Judges - Scott Driscoll, Mark Shewchyk
 
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