Final OT

Tampa Bay won 4-3 (Game 6 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

7:30 PM ET, May 20, 2004

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 OT T
TB 1 3 0 04
PHI 2 1 1 15

S. Gagne (Flyers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

K. Primeau (Flyers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

N. Khabibulin (Lightning - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .884

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia 7:30 pm EDT

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in team history Thursday night when they face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Lightning entered the NHL in 1992-93 and before last season they made just one postseason appearance. Last season, they were the third seed and beat the Washington Capitals before losing to the New Jersey Devils in the semifinals.

This season, Tampa Bay enjoyed the best regular season in its history to earn the top seed in the East. After beating the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, the Lightning split the first four games of this series before posting a 4-2 win Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.

Brad Richards scored two power-play goals and former Flyer Ruslan Fedotenko also tallied as Tampa Bay grabbed a 3-0 lead. The Lightning survived quick goals by rookie Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus and sealed the win when Tim Taylor scored into an empty net.

Philadelphia has not made the Stanley Cup Finals since 1997 and is facing elimination for the first time this postseason.

Neither team has won back-to-back games in this series and if that trend continues Game Seven will take place Saturday night in Tampa.

"This was it," Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle said Tuesday. "It was life or death. We didn't want to go down 3-2."

"We will be confident (on Thursday)," Flyers captain Keith Primeau said after the loss. "Obviously, we would have preferred to be going home, (up) 3-2, but we're not. ... We have to win one game. That's what we will focus on for the next two days."


Philadelphia - C Keith Primeau has two goals and two assists in the last two games and five goals and two assists in his last three home games; C Michal Handzus has five goals and two assists in his last seven games.

Tampa Bay - C Vincent Lecavalier has a goal and three assists during a four-game points streak; D Darryl Sydor has assists in each of the last four games.


Philadelphia - The Flyers are 1-for-36 on the power play in their last seven games, including 1-for-23 in this series; C Alex Zhamnov has not scored a goal in nine games.

Tampa Bay - D Pavel Kubina has not scored a goal in 25 career playoff games.


The Lightning are 9-1 and the Flyers are 9-2 when scoring first.


Philadelphia is 7-1 at home during the playoffs; Tampa Bay is 5-1 on the road in the postseason.


Tampa Bay - C Brad Richards, eight goals; RW Martin St. Louis, 10 assists; RW Fredrik Modin and St. Louis 15 points.

Philadelphia - C Keith Primeau, seven goals; C Alex Zhamnov, nine assists; Zhamnov, 13 points.


Tampa Bay - D Jassen Cullimore (wrist).

Philadelphia - D Eric Desjardins (broken forearm); D Marcus Ragnarsson (broken index finger); D Joni Pitkanen (upper body); RW Radovan Somik (hand).hand