Final

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 25th
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Game 2: Saturday, December 29th
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Game 3: Thursday, February 14th
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Game 4: Thursday, March 6th
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Flyers 4

(18-14-4, 40 pts)

Lightning 2

(15-21-3, 33 pts)

1:00 PM ET, December 29, 2007

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 1 24
TB 1 0 12

J. Lupul (Flyers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

M. Biron (Flyers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Lupul's goal, 2 assists lift Flyers over Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Joffrey Lupul got the call he wanted and took advantage against the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lupul scored on a penalty shot and added two assists to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Lightning 4-2 on Saturday.

Lupul, who has four goals and four assists over his last four games, put the Flyers up 1-0 with his penalty shot goal at 7:13 of the first. He was pulled down during a breakaway by Tampa Bay defenseman Brad Lukowich.

"I was cutting hard to the net, and I was going to get a shot right in front," Lupul said. "I don't know if I had a clear-cut breakaway. There's not much you can do. You go hard to the net and if they give you a penalty shot, that's great. I guess I was surprised and happy with the call."

Philadelphia has three penalty shots this season. Daniel Briere (Dec. 16) and Mike Richards (Nov. 21) were both unsuccessful.

Tampa Bay, which has lost nine of 11, got goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal. The Lightning have lost to the Flyers just twice in the last 14 meetings between the teams.

"I thought we did some good things," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we had more determination, but we're going to need more. We're working hard, but obviously it isn't enough. We need to continue to do even more little things in desperation to try and get this going."

The Lightning controlled much of the play until late in the second, when the Flyers went ahead 2-1 on a final-minute power-play goal by Mike Knuble.

"It's tough to tell you positives ... we lost again," Lightning center Brad Richards said. "The low point has been here for a week. We did things better than the other games. We had quality chances. That's the way it goes when you're in a funk."

Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who have won two in a row following a six-game losing streak. Martin Biron made 31 saves.

"Just look around the Eastern Conference and see what's going on," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "Every night somebody seems to be pulling away, and I think it's important that we try to climb back in. The fact that we haven't won back to back is a big concern."

Philadelphia has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 10-12.

Knuble gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead during a goal-mouth scramble on a Flyers power play with 55.8 seconds remaining in the second.

Hartnell made it 3-1 when he redirected Braydon Coburn's shot 31 seconds into the third, and Timonen added his goal at 4:17.

Tortorella started the game by juggling his lines after the Lightning had scored two goals or less during regulation in 10 of the previous 11 games.

Right wing Martin St. Louis played with Chris Gratton and Brad Richards. Mathieu Darche replaced St. Louis on the first line with Lecavalier and Prospal. Lecavalier, St. Louis and Prospal were reunited later in the game.

"It's a frustrating time right now," Gratton said. "When you go through times like this, it seems as through things try to snowball down on you."

Tampa Bay rookie Karri Ramo stopped 18 shots.

Game notes


Lupul has 10 goals in his last nine games. ... Lightning G Marc Denis cleared waivers and was reassigned to Norfolk of the AHL. ... Flyers C Simon Gagne (concussion) has resumed practicing with the team. He might return in the next couple weeks.... Philadelphia D Randy Jones missed the game due to a right knee injury. He is day to day.

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