Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Lupul scores, adds two assists in Flyers' win over Lightning


TAMPA, Fla. -- Joffrey Lupul got the call he wanted and took advantage against the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lupul scored on a penalty shot and added two assists to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Lightning 4-2 on Saturday.

Lupul, who has four goals and four assists over his last four games, put the Flyers up 1-0 with his penalty shot goal at 7:13 of the first. He was pulled down during a breakaway by Tampa Bay defenseman Brad Lukowich.

"I was cutting hard to the net, and I was going to get a shot right in front," Lupul said. "I don't know if I had a clear-cut breakaway. There's not much you can do. You go hard to the net and if they give you a penalty shot, that's great. I guess I was surprised and happy with the call."

Philadelphia has three penalty shots this season. Daniel Briere (Dec. 16) and Mike Richards (Nov. 21) were both unsuccessful.

Tampa Bay, which has lost nine of 11, got goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Vinny Prospal. The Lightning have lost to the Flyers just twice in the last 14 meetings between the teams.

"I thought we did some good things," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we had more determination, but we're going to need more. We're working hard, but obviously it isn't enough. We need to continue to do even more little things in desperation to try and get this going."

The Lightning controlled much of the play until late in the second, when the Flyers went ahead 2-1 on a final-minute power-play goal by Mike Knuble.

"It's tough to tell you positives ... we lost again," Lightning center Brad Richards said. "The low point has been here for a week. We did things better than the other games. We had quality chances. That's the way it goes when you're in a funk."

Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who have won two in a row following a six-game losing streak. Martin Biron made 31 saves.

"Just look around the Eastern Conference and see what's going on," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "Every night somebody seems to be pulling away, and I think it's important that we try to climb back in. The fact that we haven't won back to back is a big concern."

Philadelphia has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 10-12.

Knuble gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead during a goal-mouth scramble on a Flyers power play with 55.8 seconds remaining in the second.

Hartnell made it 3-1 when he redirected Braydon Coburn's shot 31 seconds into the third, and Timonen added his goal at 4:17.

Tortorella started the game by juggling his lines after the Lightning had scored two goals or less during regulation in 10 of the previous 11 games.

Right wing Martin St. Louis played with Chris Gratton and Brad Richards. Mathieu Darche replaced St. Louis on the first line with Lecavalier and Prospal. Lecavalier, St. Louis and Prospal were reunited later in the game.

"It's a frustrating time right now," Gratton said. "When you go through times like this, it seems as through things try to snowball down on you."

Tampa Bay rookie Karri Ramo stopped 18 shots.


  • Lupul has 10 goals in his last nine games.
  • Lightning G Marc Denis cleared waivers and was reassigned to Norfolk of the AHL.
  • Flyers C Simon Gagne (concussion) has resumed practicing with the team. He might return in the next couple weeks.
  • Philadelphia D Randy Jones missed the game due to a right knee injury. He is day to day.
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Joffrey Lupul celebrates his first-period goal with Philadelphia teammate Mike Richards.  (Getty Images)
Joffrey Lupul celebrates his first-period goal with Philadelphia teammate Mike Richards. (Getty Images)
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Three Stars
J. Lupul

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Biron

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .939
M. St. Louis

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
07:13Joffrey Lupul (16), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
11:44Power Play - Vincent Lecavalier (26), Snap Shot. Assist: Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards
19:04Power Play - Mike Knuble (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jeff Carter, Joffrey Lupul
31.0Power Play - Scott Hartnell (6), Tip-In. Assist: Braydon Coburn, Joffrey Lupul
04:17Kimmo Timonen (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Daniel Briere, R.J. Umberger
08:08Vaclav Prospal (17), Tip-In. Assist: Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis
Penalty Summary
02:44Roy, 5 min, Fighting
02:44Cote, 5 min, Fighting
08:07Richards, 2 min, Closing Hand on Puck
11:31Knuble, 2 min, Hooking
17:14Ranger, 2 min, Holding the Stick
19:48Smith, 2 min, Delay of Game - Smothering Puck
03:16Cote, 2 min, Hooking
07:14O'Brien, 2 min, Tripping
10:27Smith, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:19Ramo, 2 min, Tripping
18:49St. Louis, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
18:49Ranger, 2 min, Cross-Checking
18:49Briere, 2 min, Roughing
19:15O'Brien, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay1410933
Martin Biron59:53312
Karri Ramo59:12184
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Referees - Gord Dwyer, Mike Hasenfratz
Linesmen - Brian Mach, Mark Shewchyk
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