The Lightning defeated the Flyers 4-1 for their ninth consecutive win over Philadelphia. That's the second-longest current streak by any team against any opponent -- the Red Wings have won 11 straight against the Kings -- and it equals the third-longest winning streak ever against the Flyers. The longer streaks were by the Bruins (15) and the Rangers (10) in the early 1970s.
"We knew we were facing a desperate hockey team, but it was
more about this dressing room to be honest with you," Denis said.
"We needed to find our identity and get back to our brand of
Denis lost his bid for his first shutout of the season and 16th
overall when Sami Kapanen scored a short-handed goal with 4:12
"I think the most important thing that hopefully we can learn
from this game as we move forward is, it's just about being
accountable," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "Being
accountable to yourself and your teammates."
The Lightning, who had lost four of five, also got third-period
goals from Vinny Prospal and Nikita Alexeev. Tampa Bay has won nine
straight games against the Flyers, outscoring Philadelphia 43-16.
"It's only good if we go in and do something good in Washington
(Saturday)," said Tampa Bay center Brad Richards, who had two
assists. "You've got to back these wins up."
Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg left in the first after
spraining his left wrist. The Flyers' captain, who will miss Friday
night's game at Florida, was hurt when he used his arm to brace
himself against the boards. A team official said X-rays were
"The hand got squeezed in the boards," Forsberg said. "I
don't know exactly how it's going to take, but not too long.
Hopefully, it's just a sprain and maybe a week or so."
Forsberg is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist Friday
"We don't think it's broken," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock
said. "We'll have a better update in the next 24 hours."
Antero Niittymaki made 32 saves for the Flyers, who were coming
off a 9-1 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night. Philadelphia has
dropped four in a row.
"We didn't capitalize on our chances," Hitchcock said.
"There's a fine line between winning and losing right now."
Craig put the Lightning ahead 1-0 at 7:38 of the second when he
made a waist-high deflection off a tipped pass from Richards. Criag
left later in the second with a right knee injury and be
Fedotenko made it 2-0 on a rebound goal with 6:12 left in the
second. Philadelphia has been outscored 15-6 during the second this
The Flyers sent C Petr Nedved and LW Niko Dimitrakos to
Philadelphia of the AHL. Both had been placed on waivers Wednesday.
... Criag has four goals in three career games against
Philadelphia. ... Flyers D Mike Rathje returned after missing five
games with a back injury. ... Lightning C Andreas Karlsson
(strained groin) played after sitting out five game.
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Arena: Amalie Arena Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Bill McCreary, Tim Peel Linesmen: Steve Barton, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 19,920 (103.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Ryan Craig (5)
Assists: Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis
Ruslan Fedotenko (3)
Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal
Vinny Prospal (1)
Assist: Vincent Lecavalier
Sami Kapanen (1)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Geoff Sanderson