Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Carter adds two tallies to take league lead, Flyers rout Lightning wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Richards regained his scoring touch, while Jeff Carter continued his high-scoring ways.

Carter scored twice in a third period to take the NHL goal lead, and Richards had two goals and an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

"I thought our team worked hard tonight, and it's nice to see us capitalize," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

With his 31st and 32nd goals, Carter moved one ahead of Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Richards entered the night with one goal in his previous 12 games.

"The puck kind of followed me," Richards said. "I feel like I was getting the chances before, I just wasn't getting the results."

Randy Jones and Scott Hartnell also scored to help Philadelphia win for the third time in four games.

Vinny Prospal scored for the Lightning, who have lost on consecutive days after a three-game winning streak. The Lightning failed to score on a penalty shot and had two goals disallowed, both of which the Tampa Bay players thought the video review process got wrong.

"They have to do better than that," Tampa Bay right wing Mark Recchi said. "We're fighting for our playoff life and calls like that really hurt our hockey club. It's not right. I think they made some mistakes tonight."

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead when Jones scored on the power play from the low left circle off a pass from Richards at 8:05 of the second. Richards extended the lead to 3-1 with 5:19 remaining in the period.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis shot the puck over the net early in the third on a short-handed penalty shot. Fifty-three seconds after officials disallowed Steven Stamkos' goal because they ruled he knocked the puck into the net with a high stick, Carter scored to make it 4-1 at 7:59.

"I believe 100 percent it was (a goal)," Stamkos said. "It's a tough thing to swallow. It's a tough loss."

Hartnell and Carter completed the Flyers' three-goal third.

Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki made several nice saves during a Tampa Bay 5-on-3 power play, and also stopped Jeff Halpern during a breakaway in the second.

Richards put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a breakaway goal at 7:03 of the first. Prospal tied it at 1 on a power-play goal with 2:05 left in the period.

Tampa Bay also had a goal disallowed after a video review with 37.1 seconds to go in the first. It was decided that Recchi intentionally kicked the puck into the net.

"They made the wrong call," Recchi said. "If you look at it in fast motion, there's no way I can react to that puck. It's a terrible call on their part, and it made a big difference in the game."

Recchi has 533 goals, tying him for 29th place on the NHL career list with Frank Mahovlich.


  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended the game. She spent time postgame in the Tampa Bay's coaches room talking with members of the coaching staff and players.
  • Lightning backup G Olaf Kolzig was scheduled to undergo what is expected to be season-ending surgery on his left forearm Saturday.
  • Richards has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.
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Mike Richards (18) scores two goals in a game for the first time since Dec. 2. (Getty Images)
Mike Richards (18) scores two goals in a game for the first time since Dec. 2. (Getty Images)
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Three Stars
M. Richards

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. Niittymaki

Saves: 41
Save Pct.: .976
S. Hartnell

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
07:03Mike Richards (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Knuble, Gagne
17:55Power Play - Vaclav Prospal (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ranger
08:05Power Play - Randy Jones (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Richards, Carle
14:41Mike Richards (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lupul, Jones
07:59Jeff Carter (31), Tip-In. Assist: Hartnell, Timonen
10:47Short - Scott Hartnell (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Vaananen, Niittymaki
13:08Jeff Carter (32), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
05:23Koci, 5 min, Fighting
05:23Cote, 5 min, Fighting
08:34Hartnell, 2 min, Roughing
08:34Malone, 2 min, Roughing
11:06Malone, 2 min, Holding
13:39Stamkos, 2 min, Tripping
13:44Knuble, 2 min, High-Sticking
16:31Upshall, 2 min, Interference
18:21Coburn, 2 min, Hooking
03:18Asham, 2 min, Slashing
03:31Timonen, 2 min, Hooking
06:12Eminger, 2 min, Tripping
10:54Alberts, 2 min, Roughing
13:03Halpern, 2 min, Tripping
14:22Gagne, 2 min, Holding the Stick
17:24Coburn, 2 min, Roughing
17:24Malone, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:31Coburn, 5 min, Fighting
19:31Malone, 5 min, Fighting
04:27Artyukhin, 2 min, Tripping
08:38Downie, 2 min, Roughing
08:38Asham, 2 min, Roughing
08:38Asham, 2 min, Charging
17:21Lupul, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay16111542
Antero Niittymaki60:00411
Riku Helenius 6:5220
Mike Smith53:01246
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Tampa Bay1-for-9
Game Information
Attendance - 18120
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Tony Sericolo
Other Games
Min 1 Final
Edm 3
Ott 0 Final
Colu 1
Nash 1 Final
Cal 3
Pitt 3 Final
NJ 4