Tampa Bay won first five away games

Updated: May 15, 2004, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in this year's playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning have to rebound from a road loss.

The Lightning lost 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday, their first defeat in six road games.

The series is tied at 2-2, but with two of the remaining games coming at home -- including Game 5 on Tuesday -- the Lightning still feel they have control of the series.

"We're relishing the moment. The guys talk about that all the time," Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk said. "We're having the time of our lives. There's no need to panic."

Tampa Bay won its first two road playoff games -- a pair of 3-0 shutouts against the New York Islanders -- then added two victories over Montreal that closed out a second-round sweep.

The Lightning extended their winning streak to five with a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Thursday in front of a raucous crowd. It was the first home loss for Philadelphia in the playoffs.

"We had confidence on the road all year long," Andreychuk said. "We've done some good things on the road. But the Flyers are a quality team with a pretty good home record. It's an even game."

The momentum stayed on Tampa Bay's side early in Game 4, as Fredrik Modin gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead with a rebound goal 12:43 into the first period. But Philadelphia responded with two goals 1:25 apart.

Keith Primeau's short-handed goal in the second period gave Philadelphia a two-goal lead and helped the Flyers survive a 30-shot attack by the Lightning.

"You can't be devastated by a loss at this time of year. You don't have enough time" Bolts defenseman Darryl Sydor said. "You have to get over it."

Tampa Bay thwarted its own comeback attempt by committing two penalties midway through the third.

After the Lightning killed the power plays, Martin St. Louis, the NHL's regular-season scoring champion, had a breakaway with 6:23 remaining, but he mishandled the puck and pushed a shot attempt wide of the net.

With 32.9 seconds remaining, Vincent Lecavalier scored his seventh goal of the playoffs on a slap shot that beat Flyers goalie Robert Esche.

But the Lightning failed to register another shot in the final seconds.

"In the third period, they blocked up the middle," Lecavalier said. "All of our shots came from the outside."

Tampa Bay is 4-2 at home in the playoffs.

"We're going back to home ice. We have to be a lot more desperate," Lightning forward Brad Richards said. "It will have to be the best game of our lives."


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