Given a second chance to clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals, the Lightning redeemed themselves, topping the Flyers 2-1 in Game 7 Saturday. More...
Loss Flyers can't rebound from will haunt them
Although some good things happened along the way, the Flyers don't care about silver linings. The silver they wanted was the Stanley Cup.
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Once again, the Flyers felt they played better than the final result showed. They hope for better results when they try to avoid elimination in Thursday's Game 6.
|Burnside: East up for grabs|
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|Primeau delivers, leads Flyers past Lightning|
Keith Primeau scored a goal short-handed and set up another to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Lightning in Game 4 on Saturday.
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Keith Primeau used to be a top scorer. He's become an even better leader for the Flyers.
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For the first time in this year's playoffs, the Lightning will have to rebound from a road loss.
|Flyers find ways to shoot, score -- and win|
Firing the puck at Tampa Bay goalie Nikolai Khabibulin did wonders for Philadelphia in Saturday's series-tying win.
|Lightning feel right at home on the road|
As bad as the Tampa Bay Lightning looked at home in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, that's how good they've been on the road.
|Lightning flash to 4-1 win at Philly|
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 24 shots, helping the Lightning defeat the Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead the Eastern Conference finals.
|Ragnarsson out for playoffs with broken finger|
Flyers defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson will miss the rest of the playoffs after breaking his left index finger in Game 3.
|Flyers' power play unplugged at home|
Playing in front of an orange-clad crowd, the Flyers failed on all five man-advantage chances in a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3.
|Ferraro: Setting the pace|
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|Buy tickets, get free beer: Lightning under fire|
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|Jolted Bolts, tired Flyers spend Tuesday resting|
The just-thrashed Lightning and the just-plain-old Flyers both took Tuesday off to recover. The East finals, tied 1-1, will resume Thursday in Philadelphia.
|'Bulin Wall' falls as Flyers tie series|
John LeClair ended his puzzling playoff scoring drought and Robert Esche outplayed Nikolai Khabibulin in the Flyers' 6-2 win over the Lightning on Monday.
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John LeClair's goal was big because it was his first of the playoffs but bigger because it proved Nikolai Khabibulin isn't impenetrable, giving the Flyers confidence.
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|Recharged Bolts drop Flyers 3-1 in Game 1|
Showing no ill effects of a long layoff, the Lightning won their eighth straight playoff game Saturday, beating the Flyers 3-1 in the East finals opener.
|Breakdown: Flyers vs. Lightning|
More depth up front and a slightly better unit on defense should lift the Flyers over the Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals.
|Despite trailing series for first time, Flyers upbeat|
First, the Flyers blew a two-on-none. Then, they wasted two two-on-ones. Underdog Philly couldn't take advantage of early scoring chances and lost 3-1 Saturday.
|Lightning coach downplays toughness|
The Tampa Bay Lightning scoff at the notion they're not tough enough to beat the Philadelphia Flyers.
|Burnside: Another bolt of Lightning|
Tampa Bay is led by a talented young cast, but the depth (and size) supplied by Fredrik Modin makes the Bolts downright dangerous.
|Rested Bolts know not to underestimate Flyers|
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Jeremy Roenick scored his second goal of the game 7:39 into overtime Tuesday to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs and a spot in the East finals.
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Brad Richards scored his second straight game-winner as the Lightning beat the Canadiens 3-1 Thursday to sweep their East semifinal series 4-0.
|Tortorella remembers the Bolts' bad old days well|
John Tortorella smiles when he thinks about how bad the Lightning were when he took over as coach about three years ago -- and how good they are now.