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Holmqvist gets 1st win as Lightning strike Flyers ... again

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Johan Holmqvist waited a long time for his
first NHL win, making it an even sweeter experience Thursday night.

Martin St. Louis scored two goals, Holmqvist stopped 30 shots
and the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 to snap a
three-game losing streak.

Holmqvist was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 1.
The 28-year-old Swede came into the game winless in five career
decisions, two this year and the other three with the New York
Rangers over parts of three seasons.

"This is a special feeling," he said. "I've put a lot of
pressure on myself to stay calm. I tried to keep myself sharp and
get ready for my next shot."

Tim Taylor, Vincent Lecavalier, and Eric Perrin also scored for
the Lightning, who have beaten the Flyers 10 straight times.

R.J. Umberger and Randy Jones scored for Philadelphia (3-8-1),
which scored a pair of goals within 21 seconds in the third period.

Holmqvist had some spectacular saves, including stops on
point-blank shots by Simon Gagne and Sami Kapanen in the first
period. He also denied Peter Forsberg's redirection attempt late in
the second.

Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella sensed that Holmqvist was
anxious to do well.

"He's been chomping on the bit to get in there for his
starts," Tortorella said. "He played very well. He made some key
saves at key times."

St. Louis flipped the puck in from the slot to put Tampa Bay
ahead at 10:39 of the first period after Lecavalier split two
defenders with a pass from inside the blue line. St. Louis added
his second goal in the second to make it 2-0.

Taylor scored on a scramble with 1:50 left in the second period,
triggering a cascade of boos from the restless Philadelphia fans.

Umberger spoiled Holmqvist's shutout bid at 11:20 of the third
period, beating the goalie to the stick side. Jones' goal came at
11:41 when his shot bounced off Tampa Bay defenseman Paul Ranger.

"It's unacceptable to take until the third period to start
playing well like we should," Umberger said. "We had some scoring
chances. We couldn't get that one bounce. It's almost top the point
where's there some frustration setting in."

Forsberg was assessed a double minor for high-sticking and
unsportsmanlike conduct, plus a 10-minute misconduct, at 15:50.

Lecavalier and Perrin scored empty net goals in the last 2
minutes.

"We come out here and we play flat to start the hockey game,"
Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We finally showed some emotion in
the third period. Quite frankly, it's about time."

Game notes
The Flyers' last win against the Lightning was 4-1 on April
4, 2003, at Tampa Bay. ... St. Louis and Lecavalier each extended
scoring streaks to seven games. St. Louis has eight goals and three
assists in that span. Lecavalier, who also had two assists, has
scored a goal in six straight games. ... Tampa Bay came into the
game last in the NHL in penalty killing on the road but held the
Flyers scoreless in five chances. ... The Flyers have yet to win
two consecutive games this season.