Tampa Bay won 4-3 (Game 3 of 7)

Tampa Bay won 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, May 8th
Game 2: Monday, May 10th
Game 3: Thursday, May 13th
Game 4: Saturday, May 15th
Game 5: Tuesday, May 18th
Game 6: Thursday, May 20th
Game 7: Saturday, May 22nd

7:00 PM ET, May 13, 2004

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
TB 2 0 24
PHI 0 0 11

N. Khabibulin (Lightning - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

K. Primeau (Flyers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Stillman (Lightning - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

TAMPA BAY at Philadelphia 7:00 pm EDT

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Flyers try to remain unbeaten during the postseason at the Wachovia Center Thursday night when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference finals.

After posting a 24-11-3-3 mark at home during the regular season, the Flyers have won all six playoff games here. In winning three games apiece against the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia has scored 21 goals and allowed just nine.

On Monday, Philadelphia scored three goals in the opening 11:17 en route to a 6-2 win at Tampa Bay. John LeClair scored his first goal of the postseason than two minutes into the contest, Mark Recchi doubled the lead with a power-play tally and Sami Kapanen capped the outburst with a shorthanded goal.

The productive opening period came one day after coach Ken Hitchcock made Sunday's practice optional and many Flyers elected to skip it.

"The mind is as powerful as the body," said Philadelphia center Jeremy Roenick, who had an assist. "You don't necessarily have to go on the ice to be ready. It's the responsibility of the players to make sure they're ready. Hitchcock knows what he's doing."

Tampa Bay had won eight straight playoff games Monday and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was pulled early in the second period.

Khabibulin allowed four goals on 12 shots in Game Two after surrendering just five apiece in each of Tampa Bay's first two playoff series.


Philadelphia - C Michal Handzus has four goals and two assists during a four-game points streak.

Tampa Bay - LW Dave Andreychuk has a goal and four assists in his last five games; C Brad Richards has three goals and two assists in his last five games.


Philadelphia - LW LeClair has one goal and one assist in 13 postseason games.

Tampa Bay - D Darryl Sydor has gone 31 playoff games without a goal.

STREAKS: The Flyers have won six straight at home in the postseason; Tampa Bay is 4-0 on the road during the playoffs.

HISTORY: Tampa Bay is visiting Philadelphia for a playoff game for the first time since April 25, 1996; The Flyers have won two of three playoff home games vs. the Lightning.


Tampa Bay - LW Fredrik Modin, C Brad Richards, C Vincent Lecavalier and RW Martin St. Louis, five goals; Modin, eight assists; Modin, 13 points.

Philadelphia - C Keith Primeau, five goals; C Alexei Zhamnov eight assists; Zhamnov 12 points.


Tampa Bay - D Jassen Cullimore (wrist).

Philadelphia - D Eric Desjardins (broken forearm).