TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Vinny Prospal led the way as the Tampa Bay
Lightning played like the Stanley Cup champions again.
Prospal had three goals and an assist to help the Lightning snap
a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia
Flyers on Monday night.
"It's a win, it's two points, but more important is how we did
it," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's not what you do
last year, it's what you do right now. That's what I think we
re-established for tonight's game."
Prospal has eight goals and 18 points during a 10-game point
streak. His second goal of the game, coming on the power play, put
the Lightning ahead 3-2 with 4:15 left in the second period. The
center was left alone in the front of the net and scored after
taking a pass from Brad Richards.
Martin Cibak extended the Lightning's lead to 4-2 on a breakaway
with 7:55 to play. Prospal completed the hat trick with an
empty-net goal with 37.3 seconds left.
"For the team, it's great that we were able to play a game like
this," Prospal said. "For me personally, it's great to get a hat
trick. It feels a lot better when we win the game."
Peter Forsberg scored twice for the Flyers, who had won six
straight. He has six goals and 31 points in 16 games this season.
"They came at us hard, and we turned the puck over way too many
times," Forsberg said. "They were all over us. They worked hard
and they wanted to win. You could see they were a desperate team
and we weren't."
Tampa Bay was without right wing Martin St. Louis, who is
expected to miss at least two weeks after breaking a bone near the
tip of his left ring finger at practice on Sunday.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Tampa Bay beat
the Flyers 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on May
22, 2004. The Lightning then defeated the Calgary Flames in seven
games to win the Stanley Cup.
"I thought as the game wore on we were out-competed,"
Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This was like a playoff
game. For a game where you're going to checked this hard, I thought
we had too many people below the bar today. Way too many people."
Forsberg put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a power-play goal at 17:51
of the first. Prospal tied it at 1 on his goal 17 seconds later.
After Dan Boyle's power-play goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead 32
second into the second, Forsberg scored his second man-advantage
goal to make it 2-all at 3:13.
Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk played in his 1,615 game,
which ties him for fifth place all-time with Larry Murphy. ...
Flyers RW Turner Stevenson took part in Monday's morning skate. He
has been sidelined since undergoing right hip surgery on Oct. 18.
"Hopefully within the next week he'll be ready to play,"
Hitchcock said. ... Lightning backup G Sean Burke (strained groin)
dressed after missing the past seven games. ... Tampa Bay C Vincent
Lecavalier had three assists, all coming on Prospal goals.
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Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Don Koharski, Rob Martell Linesmen: Derek Amell, Scott Driscoll
Attendance: 20,020 (101.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Peter Forsberg (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Joni Pitkanen, Dennis Seidenberg
Vinny Prospal (11)
Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Dan Boyle
Dan Boyle (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Pavel Kubina, Vinny Prospal
Peter Forsberg (6)
(Power Play) Assist: Joni Pitkanen
Vinny Prospal (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier
Martin Cibak (1)
Assists: Evgeny Artyukhin, Pavel Kubina
Vinny Prospal (13)
(Empty Net) Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Darryl Sydor