Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Richards tallies two times, Lightning continue to own Flyers wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning wanted to develop a home-ice advantage. So far this season they have.

Brad Richards had two goals and Vinny Prospal scored his eighth goal of the season to lead the Lightning past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Thursday, tying a franchise record by starting out 5-0 at home.

"It should be that way," Richards said. "Last year we struggled at home for some reason, but it should be this way. Our team is built to play that uptempo style, and we've done that this year. We're taking care of business here."

Jason Ward and Michel Ouellet also scored for the Lightning, who went 22-18-1 at home last season.

"Kept things going on a good roll here on home ice, which is very important I think," Richards said. "We want to establish ourselves in this building."

Tampa Bay is also 12-1 against the Flyers since the start of the 2003-04 season.

Philadelphia got goals from Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble. The Flyers played without left wing Simon Gagne (dizziness) and defenseman Derian Hatcher (sore right knee). Gagne, hit in the head by a shot Wednesday in a 4-3 loss at Florida, might return this weekend.

Prospal made it 3-1 during a power play at 3:38 of the second. He redirected Richards' pass past backup goalie Antero Niittymaki, making his first start this season.

Knuble cut the Flyers' deficit to 3-2 at 3:46 of the third. Philadelphia has lost two straight after starting the season by winning six of seven.

"We've got to regroup," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "There's no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We knew it was going to be tough going on the road, playing teams that are fighting and scratching to get off to a good start."

The Flyers are two games through an eight-game road trip.

"Maybe guys were a little bit too comfortable," Knuble said. "So now maybe guys are a little bit on guard and a little bit frustrated. It will be good going into Boston (Saturday)."

After a Philadelphia turnover, Ouellet scored to put Tampa Bay ahead 4-2 with 6:34 left in the third. Richards scored an empty-net goal with 1:11 remaining.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead after the first on goals by Ward and Richards, who scored during a power play. Carter picked up his sixth goal this season midway through the period.

"A key part of our game tonight was other guys scored, other guys were making big plays other than our top line," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.


  • The two goals allowed by the Flyers in the first was only the second time in 19 periods Philadelphia had given up more than one goal.
  • Lightning C Vincent Lecavalier, who led the NHL with 52 goals last season, got a fighting major for the second successive game.
  • Tampa Bay LW Jan Hlavac had three assists.
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Usually a scorer, Vincent Lecavalier this time gets the best of Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell in a fight. (AP)
Usually a scorer, Vincent Lecavalier this time gets the best of Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell in a fight. (AP)
Philadelphia (6-2-0)1012
Tampa Bay  (5-2-0) «2125
Three Stars
B. Richards

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
V. Prospal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Hlavac

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3

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Scoring Summary
06:50Jason Ward (2), Tip-In. Assist: Filip Kuba, Jan Hlavac
09:27Power Play - Brad Richards (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Chris Gratton, Jan Hlavac
11:18Jeff Carter (6), Wrap Shot, Unassisted.
03:38Power Play - Vaclav Prospal (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier
03:46Mike Knuble (3), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
13:26Michel Ouellet (1), Tip-In, Unassisted.
18:49Brad Richards (5), Empty Net. Assist: Jan Hlavac, Paul Ranger
Penalty Summary
02:25Hartnell, 2 min, Roughing
02:25Gratton, 2 min, Roughing
07:49Lecavalier, 5 min, Fighting
07:49Hartnell, 5 min, Fighting
07:49Hartnell, 2 min, Slashing
18:42Hlavac, 2 min, Holding
02:44Cote, 2 min, Holding
10:43Roy, 5 min, Fighting
10:43Cote, 5 min, Fighting
13:13O'Brien, 2 min, High sticking
14:15St. Louis, 2 min, Tripping
14:37Knuble, 2 min, Interference
19:24O'Brien, 2 min, Holding
04:30Smaby, 2 min, Roughing
19:43Carter, 2 min, Hooking
Tampa Bay129526
Antero Niittymaki59:31214
Johan Holmqvist59:46212
Game Information
Attendance - 18616
Referees - Kevin Pollock, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Jay Sharrers
Other Games
Dal 1 Final
LA 2
Min 4 Final
Edm 5
NJ 0 Final
StL 0 Final
Colu 3
Pho 1 Final
Ana 0
Chi 1 Final
Bos 3
Atl 0 Final
Nash 3
Tor 5 Final
Pitt 2