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#24 -- Lightning at Flyers -- December 2, 2008 -- 7:00 PM (ET)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Wachovia Center



  • 12 Simon Gagne -- 18 Mike Richards -- 22 Mike Knuble
  • 9 Scottie Upshall -- 17 Jeff Carter -- 19 Scott Hartnell
  • 14 Andreas Nodl -- 48 Danny Briere -- 15 Joffrey Lupul
  • 32 Riley Cote (or 46 Jonathon Kalinski) -- 13 Glen Metropolit -- 45 Arron Asham

  • 44 Kimmo Timonen -- 23 Ossi Vaananen
  • 5 Braydon Coburn -- 25 Matt Carle
  • 47 Luca Sbisa -- 41 Andrew Alberts

  • 30 Antero Nittymaki
  • 43 Martin Biron

  • 2 Derian Hatcher (right knee damage) is on injured reserve.
  • 6 Randy Jones (right hip surgery) was expected to be out about two months from early October and is on injured reserve. UPDATE: Practiced with the team for the first time, November 25. Indications are that he should return to the lineup prior to Christmas.
  • 17 Jeff Carter is expected to play though he missed practice yesterday nursing a sore right shoulder.
  • 32 Riley Cote (oblique tear) has missed the last 12 games but was activated from LTIR and is eligible to play in tonight's game against Tampa Bay.
  • 48 Danny Briere (slight left groin strain) UPDATE: is probable for tonight's game against Tampa Bay.
  • 77 Ryan Parent (shoulder surgery) was expected to be out about 12-14 weeks from early October and is on injured reserve. UPDATE: Practiced with the team for the first time, November 25. He could return in late December.

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 45 Arron Asham 5' 11" 205 Apr 13, 1978 30 Portage La Prairie, MB, CAN
  • 48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 31 Gatineau, QC, CAN
  • 17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 23 London, ON, CAN
  • 32 Riley Cote 6' 2" 220 Mar 16, 1982 26 Winnipeg, MB, CAN
  • 12 Simon Gagne "A" 6' 0" 195 Feb 29, 1980 28 Ste. Foy, QC, CAN
  • 19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 26 Regina, SK, CAN
  • 46 Jonathon Kalinski 6' 1" 175 May 25, 1987 21 Bonnyville, AB, CAN
  • 22 Mike Knuble 6' 3" 230 Jul 4, 1972 36 Toronto, ON, CAN
  • 15 Joffrey Lupul 6' 1" 205 Sep 23, 1983 25 Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
  • 13 Glen Metropolit 5' 10" 195 Jun 25, 1974 34 Toronto, ON, CAN
  • 14 Andreas Nodl 6' 1" 196 Feb 28, 1987 21 Vienna, AUT
  • 18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 23 Kenora, ON, CAN
  • 9 Scottie Upshall 6' 0" 197 Oct 7, 1983 25 Fort Mcmurray, AB, CAN

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 41 Andrew Alberts 6' 5" 218 Jun 30, 1981 27 Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 24 Anchorage, AK, USA
  • 5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 23 Calgary, AB, CAN
  • 2 Derian Hatcher ** 6' 5" 235 Jun 4, 1972 36 Sterling Heights, MI, USA
  • 6 Randy Jones ** 6' 2" 200 Jul 23, 1981 27 Quispamsis, NB, CAN
  • 3 Lasse Kukkonen 6' 0" 190 Sep 18, 1981 27 Oulu, FIN
  • 77 Ryan Parent ** 6' 3" 183 Mar 17, 1987 21 Prince Albert, SK, CAN
  • 47 Luca Sbisa 6' 2" 190 Jan 30, 1990 18 Ozieri, ITA
  • 44 Kimmo Timonen "A" 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 33 Kuopio, FIN
  • 23 Ossi Vaananen 6' 4" 215 Aug 18, 1980 28 Vantaa, FIN

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 43 Martin Biron 6' 3" 180 Aug 15, 1977 31 Lac St. Charles, QC, CAN
  • 30 Antero Niittymaki 6' 1" 195 Jun 18, 1980 28 Turku, FIN

  • Ryan Malone-Vinny Lecavalier-Marty St. Louis
  • Vinny Prospal-Steven Stamkos-Jussi Jokinen
  • Steve Downie-Paul Szczechura-Mark Recchi
  • Evgeny Arthyukhin-Adam Hall-Radek Smolenak

  • Paul Ranger -- Andrej Meszaros
  • Steve Eminger -- Lukas Krajicek
  • Mike Lundin -- Marek Malik

  • Mike Smith (named as the starter)
  • Olie Kolzig

  • Gary Roberts left practice early yesterday and is listed as questionable.
  • Marek Malik has a lower body injury but is expected to play.
  • David Koci has a broken hand and is on the the injured list.
  • Matt Pettinger has a right knee injury and is on the injured list.
  • Chris Gratton is on the injured list with a knee injury.
  • Jeff Halpern is on the injured list due to a reconstructive right knee surgery. He could return this month.

Lightning Recall C Paul Szczechura, LW Radek Smolenak from Norfolk of the AHL

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Paul Szczechura (sha-HER-uh) and left wing Radek Smolenak (SMOH-leh-nak) from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

Szczechura, 23, leads Norfolk in scoring this season with 11 goals and 24 points in 23 games. A 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on April 24, 2008. He played four collegiate seasons at Western Michigan from 2003-04 through 2006-07, recording 44 goals, 86 assists and 107 penalty minutes in 153 games. He was voted the CCHA’s smartest player in 2005-06 in the annual captain’s poll.

Szczechura played his first full AHL season in 2007-08 splitting the season between Iowa and Norfolk. In 24 games with the Admirals he tallied 14 goals and 26 points after managing only two goals and five points in 29 games with Iowa.
  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 76 Evgeny Artyukhin 6' 5" 254 Apr 4, 1983 25 Moscow, RUS
  • 34 Ryan Craig 6' 2" 212 Jan 6, 1982 26 Abbotsford, BC, CAN
  • 9 Steve Downie 5' 11" 200 Apr 3, 1987 21 Newmarket, ON, CAN
  • 77 Chris Gratton 6' 4" 226 Jul 5, 1975 33 Brantford, ON, CAN
  • 18 Adam Hall 6' 3" 206 Aug 14, 1980 28 Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • 11 Jeff Halpern 6' 0" 203 May 3, 1976 32 Potomac, MD, USA
  • 36 Jussi Jokinen 5' 11" 190 Apr 1, 1983 25 Kalajoki, FIN
  • 4 Vincent Lecavalier "C" 6' 4" 219 Apr 21, 1980 28 Ile Bizard, QC, CAN
  • 12 Ryan Malone 6' 4" 224 Dec 1, 1979 29 Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 24 Matt Pettinger 6' 1" 205 Oct 22, 1980 28 Edmonton, AB, CAN
  • 20 Vaclav Prospal 6' 2" 198 Feb 17, 1975 33 Ceske Budejovice, CZE
  • 8 Mark Recchi 5' 10" 195 Feb 1, 1968 40 Kamloops, BC, CAN
  • 10 Gary Roberts 6' 2" 215 May 23, 1966 42 North York, ON, CAN
  • 26 Martin St. Louis "A" 5' 9" 177 Jun 18, 1975 33 Laval, QC, CAN
  • 91 Steven Stamkos 6' 1" 196 Feb 7, 1990 18 Markham, ON, CAN
  • 17 Radim Vrbata 6' 1" 190 Jun 13, 1981 27 Mlada Boleslav, CZE

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 44 Steve Eminger 6' 2" 212 Oct 31, 1983 25 Woodbridge, ON, CAN
  • 2 Lukas Krajicek 6' 2" 196 Mar 11, 1983 25 Prostejov, CZE
  • 39 Mike Lundin 6' 2" 188 Sep 24, 1984 24 Burnsville, MN, USA
  • 22 Marek Malik 6' 6" 235 Jun 24, 1975 33 Ostrava, CZE
  • 14 Andrej Meszaros "A" 6' 2" 218 Oct 13, 1985 23 Povazska Bystrica, SVK
  • 29 Janne Niskala 6' 0" 187 Sep 22, 1981 27 Vasteras, SWE
  • 54 Paul Ranger 6' 3" 208 Sep 12, 1984 24 Whitby, ON, CAN

  • # Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
  • 37 Olaf Kolzig 6' 3" 224 Apr 6, 1970 38 Johannesburg, ZAF
  • 41 Mike Smith 6' 4" 218 Mar 22, 1982 26 Kingston, ON, CAN

Current and Miscellaneous:
  • Overall, the Flyers' W-L-T-OTL record is 33-21-8-2 in the regular season including a home record of 15-8-7-2 and a road mark of 18-13-1-0.
  • The Flyers' W-L-OTL record is 3-3-1 in the last seven games.
  • Starting with the 2003-04 season, the Flyers' W-L-OTL is 3-12-2 in the regular season including marks of 1-6-2 at home and 2-6-0 on the road.
  • The teams have met twice in the POs with the Flyers winning in 1996 (4-2) and the Lightning winning in 2004 (4-3). The Flyers have won seven of 13 games with records of 4-2 at home and 3-4 at Tampa Bay.

  • December 20, 1992 -- The teams met for the first time and the Lightning won 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 10,425 in Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida. Eric Lindros scored the first goal in this series. Brian Bradley scored the next two to provide the Lightning a 2-1 lead. Tampa Bay's Doug Crossman and Marc Bureau added later goals. The Lightning outshot Philly 31-19.
  • April 3, 1993 -- The teams met in Philadelphia for the first time and the Flyers prevailed 6-2 as Dominic Roussel made 32 saves and the PP went 4-for-7. Mark Recchi (1-2-3) and Greg Hawgood (1-2-3) led Philly in scoring. The Flyers chased Pat Jablonski at 9:52 of the first period with three goals on 10 shots and a 3-0 lead. Recchi finished the scoring with his 51st goal off J.C. Bergeron.
  • November 26, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom stopped 27 shots and Brent Fedyk scored twice in Philly's 3-0 home win. Fedyk's goals came in the second and third period and gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Tampa Bay outshot the Flyers 12-4 in the last period but the Flyers scored both goals.
  • November 27, 1993 -- Kevin Dineen scored 34 seconds into OT and the Flyers won 4-3. Mikael Renberg scored twice within a span of 2:16 in the middle period to give Philly a 3-2 lead. Dominic Roussel was a perfect 16-for-16 in the opening period and made 30 saves for the win.
  • January 8, 1994 -- Tampa Bay won 4-2 in front of 26,023 in the Florida Suncoast Dome (Thunderdome). Milos Holan scored the only goal in his Flyers' career to give Philly a 2-1 lead but the Flyers surrendered two goals in the last minute of the middle period to trail 3-2 after 40 minutes. The GWG came with three ticks left in the second period. Eric Lindros made quick work of Joe Reekie:
  • March 6, 1994 -- Dominic Roussel was brilliant making 36 saves in a 3-1 victory at Tampa Bay in front of 21,849. The Lightning outshot Philly 16-3 in the third period and 37-21 in the game. Tampa Bay led 1-0 with a first period goal and held the Flyers off the scoreboard until under six to play in the middle period when Mikael Renberg scored. The GWG came early in the third period off Mark Lamb's stick.
  • March 13, 1994 -- The teams played to a 5-5 tie in Philly when Eric Lindros scored his 39th goal with 28 seconds to play. Seventeen seconds earlier, Brian Bradley gave TB a 5-4 lead, his second consecutive goal as he tied the game 4-4 with three minutes to play. Philly led 2-0 in the first but TB led 3-2 after one. After a scoreless second, Philly went ahead 4-3 in the third on goals by Yves Racine and Todd Hlushko.
  • February 14, 1995 -- John LeClair (2-3-5) recorded his first career NHL hat trick and Mikael Renberg added two goals in a 5-2 win at Tampa Bay in front of 21,896. Dominic Roussel stopped 35 saves in the victory. LeClair gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when Denis Savard when whistled for a four-minute high sticking penalty. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period but the Lightning closed the gap to 3-2 after 40 minutes. LeClair scored twice in the third period.
  • March 7, 1995 -- Six Flyers had two-point games in their 4-3 win in front of 21,827 at Tampa Bay. John LeClair had two goals. Philadelphia led 4-1 in the middle period and the Lightning finished the scoring with two third period goals.
  • April 6, 1995 -- John LeClair scored twice (1-2-3) in the Flyers' 5-4 home win. The Lightning led 2-0, Philly scored the next three then Tampa Bay evened the game 3-3 after two periods. LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour gave the Flyers a 5-3 lead.
  • April 14, 1995 -- John LeClair (1-2-3) snapped a 2-2 tie and Philly won 3-2 at home. The Legion of Doom combined for seven points. Rudy Poeschek fought Shawn Antoski.
  • October 31, 1995 -- Eric Lindros and John LeClair scored first period PPGs but Tampa Bay scored twice in the second for a 2-2 tie in Philly. Daren Puppa made 41 saves including 19-for-19 in the middle period. "We showed we can handle them - we can go toe-to-toe with those guys," Enrico Ciccone said. Ron Hextall was out with a groin injury and since Dominic Roussel was struggling, Garth Snow was in goal for the Flyers.
  • December 14, 1995 -- Ron Hextall stopped 18 shots and John LeClair scored twice in a 4-0 win. LeClair (2-1-3) and Eric Lindros (1-2-3) led the scoring. A brawl erupted 6:48 into the third period. The Lightning finished an impressive five-game road trip with their only loss.

  • February 17, 1996 -- The Lightning recorded the last five goals of the game in a 5-2 win in front of 21,007 in St. Pete. Brian Bradley scored Tampa Bay's first and last goals. Rob Zamuner broke the 2-2 tie. Jeff Reese made 24 saves in the victory.
  • March 13, 1996 -- Daren Puppa made 42 saves, including 20/21 in the middle period, in a 1-1 tie in the Spectrum. "Montreal won the Stanley Cup a few years ago on a hot goalie," Lightning captain Paul Ysebaert said, "so we'll ride Puppa as long as we can." Shawn Burr scored with 5:36 left in the second period. Less than three minutes later, Enrico Ciccone was penalized with a double-minor penalty (hooking/unsportsmanlike) and with 1:36 left in the period, Rod Brind'Amour tied the game. The goal ended Puppa's shutout streak after shutouts in his two prior starts.
  • April 14, 1996 -- In front of 23,697 in the ThunderDome, the Flyers won 3-1. All four goals were scored in the second period. The win secured top seed status in the Eastern Conference for the Flyers. Alex Selivanov was hit with a rare "gross misconduct" penalty after fighting with Petr Svoboda and it appeared Selivanov pulled Svoboda's hair. Kerry Huffman's goal was the GWG. Tampa Bay had backup Jeff Reese in goal and leading scorer Brian Bradley didn't play.
  • April 16, 1996 -- In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference QFs in Philly, the Flyers led 6-0 12:01 into the middle period and skated to a 7-3 victory. The Lightning managed to cut the Flyers' lead to 6-3 early in the third. Eric Lindros (1-2-3) and Pat Falloon (1-2-3) led the Flyers' offense as seven players scored. Daren Puppa was replaced after surrendering four goals on 14 shots; Jeff Reese made 15 stops on 18 shots. The matchup was between the first and eighth seeds; it was Tampa Bay's first playoff appearance in franchise history.
  • April 18, 1996 -- In Game 2 in Philly, Brian Bellows scored 9:05 into OT leading the Lightning to a 2-1 victory. The goal came 47 seconds after Tampa Bay killed a minor penalty to David Shaw as Daren Puppa (26 saves in the game) made several key stops in the man advantage including one off his helmet. The series turned nasty when Igor Ulanov (who, when with the Winnipeg Jets, ended Eric Lindros' season in March 1994 with a sprained shoulder), put Lindros temporarily out of this game. Three other Flyers were injured in the contest: Joel Otto and John Druce who suffered sprained left knees in the first period and John LeClair who was tripped by Michel Petit in the second period and made contact with the post, causing a sprained left ankle.
  • April 21, 1996 -- In Game 3 in St. Petersburg, the Lightning prevailed 5-4 in OT when former Flyers' draft pick Alexander Selivanov scored. Brian Bellows evened the game with 1:19 remaining in regulation, on an assist by Selivanov. In early second period action, the Flyers had just scored a PPG and were on another advantage when Rob Zamuner scored a SHG; he later added another goal and the score was tied 3-3 after two periods despite a 32-16 Flyers' shot advantage. Eric Lindros gave Philly a 4-3 lead before the Lightning rallied for the victory. Jeff Reese, subbing for the injured Daren Puppa (back spasms) made 38 saves for Tampa Bay. The Flyers outshot the Lightning 42-32 but TB had all four OT shots. Attendance in the Thunderdome: 25,945.
  • April 23, 1996 -- In Game 4 in St. Petersburg, in one of the most dramatic events in team history, John LeClair, who missed most of Game 2 and all of Game 3 with a sprained ankle, flew to Florida to join his team and then scored two PPGs in an important 4-1 road win. LeClair gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead and the momentum was set. Less than five minutes later, Joel Otto made it 2-0. Mikael renberg had two assists. The game was played in front of the NHL's largest crowd ever (since broken) 28,183 in the Thunderdome. The Flyers outshot Tampa Bay 33-22.
  • April 25, 1996 -- In Game 5 in Philly, the Flyers beat Tampa Bay 4-1 going 3-for-13 on the PP while Tampa Bay was 0-for-9. The Flyers led 2-0 after two periods then added two PPGs, by Pay Falloon and John LeClair, in the first 2:43 of the third to doube their lead to 4-0. Ron Hextall was 2:01 from a shutout when John Cullen beat him on a SHG; Hextall made 23 saves on 24 shots. Eric Desjardins had two assists. The Lightning replaced goalie Daren Puppa (20/24) for Jeff Reese (3/3). Eric Lindros nailed both Igor Ulanov and Michel Petit in about a 30 second span that helped swing the momentum to the Flyers. Shawn Antoski was ejected about six minutes into the third period when he jumped Michel Petit; Antoski received a double minor and a match penalty. Joel Otto fought Chris Gratton in the final five minutes.
  • April 27, 1996 -- In Game 6 in St. Petersburg, Bob Corkum (1-2-3) had three points and Ron Hextall made 27 saves in the Flyers' 6-1 elimination of the Lightning. Six players scored for the Flyers, and five had two or more points, including Karl Dykhuis (1-1-2) and Shawn Antoski (1-1-2) who scored within 55 seconds of each other to give Philly a 2-0 lead. Trent Klatt (1-1-2) made it 3-1 in the first period after the Lightning got to within a goal. Rod Brind'Amour (0-2-2) was the fifth Flyer to have a multi-point game. Daren Puppa (16/21) was again pulled for Jeff Reese (3/4). Attendance in the Thunderdome: 27,189. Eric Lindros and Igor Ulanov continued their battle as both got tossed late in the contest with fighting majors, which kept them from the traditional post-series handshakes:
  • October 31, 1996 -- Trent Klatt scored two third period goals as the Flyers rallied from a 3-0 first period hole to win 4-3 in the team's first meeting in the Ice Palace. The Flyers scored twice in the second period to narrow their deficit to 3-2. TB outshot Philly 12-6 in the final period but gave up both goals.
  • November 23, 1996 -- Dale Hawerchuk scored a PPG with less than five to play in Philly's 2-1 road win. Ron Hextall picked up the victory by making 20 saves. Corey Schwab made 32 saves in the loss.
  • January 9, 1997 -- Tampa Bay ended two streaks with their 3-1 win. The Lightning won a regular season game in Philadelphia for the first time (ninth game) in the franchise's history and the Flyers unbeaten streak of 17 games (14-0-3) was also snapped as Philly last loss November 2, 1996 to the NYI. Dino Ciccarelli scored with about seven minutes left to break a 1-1 tie and Tampa Bay added an ENG. Kjell Samuelsson missed the remainder of the regular season with a pinched nerve in his neck and a shoulder injury, which required surgery to repair a ruptured disc a week later. He did not return until Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • February 20, 1997 - Daymond Langkow and Chris Gratton each had a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning to a 5-2 victory at Tampa Bay. Ron Hextall made 35 saves in the loss. Tampa Bay outshot the Flyers 40-30. Rick Tabaracci made 28 saves for the win.
  • April 1, 1997 -- Rod Brind'Amour's PPG, with Igor Ulanov in the box, midway through the third period gave Philly a 1-1 home tie. Chris gratton scored for the Lightning in the second period. Daren Puppa made 32 saves.
  • August 20, 1997 -- The Flyers sent Mikael Renberg and Karl Dykhuis to the Lightning in exchange for the Flyers' first round picks in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. This was part of the Flyers signing of free agent Chris Gratton, from days prior, for 5 years at $16.5m. The Lightning received the players in exchange for the draft picks which were compensation for the Gratton signing. Earlier, an arbitrator rejected a Tampa Bay's claim that the Flyers signing of Gratton was invalid due to a smudged fax; the Lightning claimed the numbers on the paper weren't properly visible.
  • October 21, 1997 -- Eric Lindros (1-4-5), Vinnie Prospal (2-2-4) and Janne Niinimaa (1-2-3) led Philly to a 7-1 home win. The trio had a total of seven points at the 8:22 mark including three assists by Lindros. The Flyers scored three PPGs in the game.
  • November 16, 1997 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in the third period including the GWG with one minute remaining in a 3-2 home win. Alexander Selivanov gave TB a 2-0 lead in the first period with a pair of goals in a span of 39 seconds.
  • November 29, 1997 -- The teams skated to a 3-3 tie at Tampa Bay. Philly outshot the Lightning 15-2 in the first and 7-1 in OT as part; the final total was 35-26. Dainius Zubris gave Philly a 2-1 lead just 10 seconds into the second period. Rob Zamuner scored the lone third period goal to tie it for the Lightning.
  • December 14, 1997 -- Ron Hextall stopped 20 shots and John LeClair scored twice in a 3-0 win in Philly. Rod Brind'Amour snapped a scoreless tie midway in the game with a SHG.
  • January 11, 1998 -- Ron Hextall made 35 saves and Trent Klatt (2-1-3) scored two PPGs in a 5-2 victory at Tampa Bay. Chris Therien (1-1-2) and Chris Gratton (1-1-2) had multi-point games. Steve Kelly scored his first goal of the season to bring Tampa Bay to within 4-2 but was then given a four-minute minor for spearing (Eric Desjardins picked up two minutes for roughing).
  • April 8, 1998 -- The Flyers exploded for five third period goals in a 6-1 road win. Philly outshot TB 37-16 including 14-3 in the last period. John LeClair scored twice including the GWG at 7:49 of the third followed by Mike Sillinger's 20th goal 37 seconds later. The Flyers last three goals came via the PP after a bloody fight with about seven minutes to play:
  • October 16, 1998 -- John LeClair had a natural hat trick in a 5-2 victory at TB. LeClair's hat trick was the fifth of his career. Eric Lindros (1-2-3) had three points. Ron Hextall stopped 24 shots for his 231st victory for the Flyers, which moved him within one win of tying Bernie Parent for first place on the team's win list.
  • December 12, 1998 -- Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow were sent to the Flyers for Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger.
  • December 20, 1998 -- The teams skated to a 2-2 tie as the Lightning ralied from a 2-0 deficit. Sandy McCarthy snapped the shutout with under two minutes left in the second period and Wendel Clark evened it in the third period. Rod Brind'Amour had two points for Philly. Bill Ranford and Ron Hextall shined, especially in OT. The Flyers outshot Tampa Bay 32-30, including 5-4 in the OT. Dan McGillis had seven shots.
  • December 28, 1998 -- Karl Dykhuis returned to the Flyers in a trade for Petr Svoboda.
  • January 30, 1999 -- The Flyers exploded in a dominant opening period by out-shooting Tampa Bay 20-2 and scored three times en route to a 6-2 home win. Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in the first 12:55 to give Philly a 2-0 lead. Philly led 4-0 past the midway point of the game before Mike Sillinger scored for the Lightning. The Flyers scored twice on a 5-minute elbowing major to Cory Cross for their second and third goals. Dan McGillis (1-2-3), John LeClair (2-1-3) and Eric Lindros (0-3-3) combined for nine points in the victory. The Legion of Doom (Lindros, LeClair and Mikael Renberg) line had 19 shots on goal.
  • February 26, 1999 -- Stephane Richer scored twice in the first period in Tampa Bay's 4-1 home win. The victory ended the Lightning's 10-game skid in this series (Flyers were 7-0-3). Corey Schwab had a shutout until the final three minutes but made 32 saves over the last two periods and 36 in the game for the victory. Philly outshot Tampa Bay 37-20 including 33-12 over the final two periods.
  • November 20, 1999 -- Eric Lindros and Daymond Langkow each scored twice and Eric Desjardins had three assists in the Flyers' 4-1 home win. Mikael Renberg added two assists. After Reid Simpson nailed Renberg on a check (interference penalty), Sandy McCarthy crushed Simpson in a fight:
  • November 22, 1999 -- For the first time in Flyers' history, an opponent was held shotless in a period, however Zac Bierk made 30 saves and Chris Gratton and Petr Svoboda combined for five (2-3-5) points in Tampa Bay's 4-1 home win. In the middle period, the Lightning were outshot 15-0 and 31-17 in the game. The Lightning led 1-0, on a Stan Drulia goal, after 40 minutes and took an early 2-0 lead in the third period before the Flyers finally solved Bierk.
  • December 18, 1999 -- Brian Boucher recorded his first NHL shutout by making 29 stops and John LeClair scored twice in a 4-0 home win. Ulf Samuelsson, who missed the prior four games with a shoulder injury, scored his first goal as a Flyer in the first period. Lightning goalie Dan Cloutier was replaced by Kevin Hodson after allowing one goal on five shots in the first seven minutes. Cloutier, who was pulled after surrendering three goals on eight shots in his prior start against Nashville, angrily slammed his stick against the wall of the runway leading to the locker room after being lifted.

  • March 8, 2000 -- Eric Desjardins scored on the PP in OT and the Flyers won 3-2. TB played its 14th OT game of the season and had yet to win (0-7-7). Robert Petrovicky was called for hooking Mark Eaton while both were racing for the puck on a possible delayed icing call setting up the PP. John LeClair tied the score 2-2 with 4.8 seconds left in the second period.
  • December 6, 2000 -- John LeClair snapped a tie with 3:40 to play and then completed a hat trick 1:16 later in Philly's 6-3 home win. Dan McGillis, Rick Tocchet and Daymond Langkow each had two assists. Mark Recchi fought Petr Svoboda in the late second period. The Flyers led 3-1 after two periods but the Lightning rallied to tie the game 3-3. Philly outshot TB 40-23.
  • December 28, 2000 -- The Flyers suffered a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay as Kevin Weekes made 32 saves and both Martin St. Louis and Fredrik Modin scored twice. Bill Barber suffered his first defeat as an NHL coach after a start of 5-0-3-0, the second best beginning for any NHL coach ever. The Flyers outshot the Lightning 35-18 including 12-2 in the third. Tampa Bay led 3-1 after the first period and never trailed in the game. There were three fights in the game including Ruslan Fedotenko-Cory Sarich with 1:09 to play in the contest.
  • January 12, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek made 21 saves and backed the Flyers to a 3-0 shutout at Tampa Bay. The Flyers outshot Tampa Bay 34-21. Keith Primeau, Dan McGillis and Mark Recchi each had two points.
  • February 24, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek (36 saves) and Kevin Weekes (27 saves) dueled to a 0-0 tie in Philadelphia. The result was the seventh scoreless draw in Flyers' history and the first for Tampa Bay. It was the second straight time the Flyers shutout the Lightning. Tampa Bay was 0-for-9 on the PP. The Flyers were issued five straight minors in the second period and when they were finally given a PP, it lasted 32 seconds until another minor was called. Simon Gagne, who led the team with 27 goals at the time, suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder at the end of the second period, after an altercation with Andrei Zyuzin and missed the next 12 games.
  • November 8, 2001 -- Ruslan Fedotenko and Tomas Divisek (only NHL goal) scored in Philly's 2-1 win in Tampa. Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves in the loss. Divisek, who scored the GWG, was on the roster from November 5-12.
  • December 1, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek recorded the 2-0 shutout victory as the Flyers outshot Tampa Bay 42-15 and got goals from Jeremy Roenick and Eric Desjardins. Kevin Weekes made 40 saves in the loss. Tampa Bay was held to one goal in their last four games against the Flyers.
  • March 8, 2002 -- Chris Therien snapped a 2-2 tie in the third period in Philly's 4-2 victory at Tampa Bay. Therien and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist. Eric Weinrich tied the game 2-2 in the mifddle period. Vinnie Prospal had two points for TB. Brian Boucher made 20 saves for the win. The Flyers outshot the Lightning 28-26 including 11-5 in the third period.
  • March 18, 2002 -- The Flyers scored three second period goals en route to a 3-0 lead but failed to hold on in a 3-3 tie. Donald Brashear scored consecutive goals and Jiri Dopita assisted on all three goals. Injuries to centers Jeremy Roenick (hyperextended knee) and Keith Primeau (bruised ribs on a hit by Shane Willis) forced the Flyers into altering their roster as the trade deadline was the following day. The Flyers acquired Adam Oates (Washington) who led the NHL in assists and was fourth in scoring. Roenick missed seven games while Primeau missed two games.
  • June 21, 2002 -- Ruslan Fedotenko and two picks were traded to the Lightning for a first rounder. The complete trade: Fedotenko, Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Tobias Stephan) in the 2002 Entry Draft and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Dan Spang) in the 2002 Entry Draft for Tampa Bay's 1st round choice (Joni Pitkanen) in the 2002 Entry Draft.
  • November 19, 2002 -- The Flyers won 3-2 at Tampa Bay by killing six out of seven Lightning PPs. Philly held a 28-11 shots edge and a 3-2 lead after two periods and a 32-19 shots advantage in the game. Simon Gagne had two points.
  • January 18, 2003 -- Michal Handzus snapped a 2-2 tie in the third period and the Flyers recorded a 3-2 home win. Kim Johnsson, Mark Recchi and Simon Gagne each had two points. The Flyers, who held a 24-14 shots advantage, improved to 9-0-4 in 13 games against the Lightning in Philadelphia. Juston Williams suffered a partial of a ligament in his left knee and missed the next 36 games.
  • January 28, 2003 -- John Grahame defeated the Flyers for the first time in his career (1-2-2) as he made 34 stops in Tampa Bay's 3-0 win in Philly. Martin St. Louis and Fredrik Modin each had two points. The Lightning scored in each period.
  • April 4, 2003 -- Simon Gagne scored twice in Philly's 4-1 win at Tampa Bay. Gagne played in his second game since returning from a 13-game absence due to a groin injury. Tony Amonte and Kim Johnsson added two assists each. Roman Cechmanek made 27 saves. Nikolai Khababulin was removed after surrendering four goals on 17 shots in 40 minutes. The Flyers set a franchise record with their 23rd road win of the season.
  • December 18, 2003 -- Martin St. Louis (2-1-3) scored the tying and winning goals in the Lightning's 5-4 OT win in Philly. The Flyers rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 before going ahead 4-3. Two seconds into the game, Donald Brashear beat Andre Roy in a fight and then 14 seconds later Chris Dingman and Jim Vandermeer fought.
  • January 3, 2004 -- Fredrik Modin scored a natural hat trick in the Lightning's 6-1 home win. Brad Richards picked up three assists. Jeff Hackett was replaced by Robert Esche. Donald Brashear gave Philly a 1-0 lead then the Lightning scored the next six. Dan Boyle was a +5.
  • February 2, 2004 -- Tampa Bay scored on their first two shots against goalie Neil Little in a span of 1:42 and recorded a 2-1 win in Philly. Starting goalie Robert Esche was injured in a collision and suffered a sprained left knee which kept him sidelined until February 28. This was Little's only NHL appearance of the season and one of two in his career.
  • February 17, 2004 -- Tampa Bay won 5-2 at home and outshot Philly 36-19. Brad Richards (GWG, 1-2-3) and Cory Stillman (1-2-3) led the offense.
  • May 8, 2004 -- In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tampa Bay won 3-1 in front a sellout crowd of 21,425 at home. Dave Andreychuk gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead in the second period and moments after Sami Kapanen's apparent goal was disallowed on a goalie interference call against Keith Primeau, Michal Handzus evened the game. Brad Richards' second period tally snapped a 1-1 tie. Fredrik Modin assisted on both Lightning goals. The Flyers outshot Tampa Bay 20-17. The Lightning had eight days off since they eliminated Montreal and came out sluggish in the opening period but the Flyers couldn't take advantage.
  • May 10, 2004 -- In Game 2, the Flyers trounced Tampa Bay 6-2 as six players recorded goals and Robert Esche earned top star status by making 29 saves. Marcus Ragnarsson led the Flyers with three (0-3-3) points. Sami Kapanen scored the decisive blow with a SHG in the first period to give Philly a 3-0 lead. The Flyers also led 5-0 after two periods and the margin expanded to 6-0 in the third period. Nikolai Khababulin was replaced after surrendering four goals on 12 shots by John Grahame who went the remainder of the game. The Lightning won their previous eight PO games.
  • May 13, 2004 -- In Game 3, the Flyers dropped a 4-1 decision to Tampa Bay in Philadelphia. The Lightning scored two times in the first period and that lead hed until Keith Primeau was successful 36 seconds into the final period. Vincent Lecavalier then scored via a breakaway for the decisive blow. Philly d-man Marcus Ragnarsson was struck on the left index finger by a stick during a follow-through of a shot by Tampa Bay's Fredrik Modin in the first period and was lost for the balance of the post-season. The Flyers were 0-for-5 on the PP. Tampa Bay entered the game 4-0 on the road while the Flyers were 6-0 at home in the POs.
  • May 15, 2004 -- In Game 4, Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay 3-2 backed by the goaltending of Robert Esche, who made 28 saves, and a powerful outing by Keith Primeau who had two points including an unassisted SHG in the second period to give Philly a 3-1 lead, won 19 of 28 faceoffs, and earned the number one star for the game. Tampa Bay went 2-for-7 on the PP, including one by Vinnie Lecavalier in the last minute of regulation. Vladimir Malakhov played over 30 minutes for the Flyers. Philly lost D Joni Pitkanen and F Jeremy Roenick to "upper-body injuries." Pitkanen was playing for Marcus Ragnarsson, who broke his left index finger in Game 3.
  • May 18, 2004 -- In Game 5, Tampa Bay scored three PPGs on just four chances and skated to a 4-2 victory at home. After Brad Richards scored consecutive PPGs in the second period, the Lightning led 3-0. Less than two-and-a-half minutes later, the Flyers trailed 3-2 with a pair of goals scored within 38 seconds. The Lightning ended the scoring with an ENG in the game's last minute. Dave Andreychuk had two assists. TB outshot Philly 31-30 and Robert Esche made 17 saves on 18 shots in the opening period. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in the win. Vladimir Malakhov again played 30+ minutes. Flyers D Joni Pitkanen did not play after sustaining a concussion in Game 4; he played for the injured Marcus Ragnarsson so Sami Kapanen picked up D-man duties. Meanwhile, Lightning D Brad Lukowich returned after missing Games 3 and 4 with an injury.
  • May 20, 2004 -- In Game 6, the Flyers recorded one of the most dramatic victories in team history with a 5-4 OT win. Simon Gagne (2-0-2) scored a thrilling goal at 18:18 of OT ( ) after Keith Primeau (2-2-4) tied the score with 1:49 remaining in regulation ( ). With the Flyers leading 3-2 late in the second period, Ruslan Fedotenko scored consecutive goals in a span of 2:18 to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead. Vincent Lecavalier had Tampa Bay's other two goals. The Flyers had a 43-29 shot advantage. Philly won 50 of 81 faceoffs, including Jeremy Roenick who won nine of 11 and added two assists.
  • May 22, 2004 -- In Game 7, Tampa Bay advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 2-1 win on goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards. Richards had a game-high eight shots on goal. Kim Johnsson scored midway into the contest for the Flyers only goal. Robert Esche made 30 saves in the defeat. The Flyers mainly used four D-men (Vladimir Malakhov, Danny Markov, Kim Johnsson and Mattias Timmander with Dennis Seidenberg and Joni Pitkanen combining for less than 18 minutes). The Lightning outshot Philly 32-23. The Flyers went 1-for-26 on the PP in the series while Tampa Bay was 9-for-26.

  • November 14, 2005 -- Vinnie Prospal (3-1-4) had a hat trick and a game-high seven shots in Tampa Bay's 5-2 home win. Vincent Lecvalier had three assists. Peter Forsberg scored twice and the second goal tied the game 2-2. Prospal's second goal gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead; he finished the hat trick with an ENG. John Grahame made 22 saves for the win.
  • November 22, 2005 -- Tampa Bay won 4-2 in Philly as Sean Burke picked up the win making 30 saves. Tim Taylor and Rob DiMaio had multiple-point games. Vinnie Lecavalier had a tough outing with a game-high five giveaways, one shot, no points and just two faceoff wins on 10 tries. Michal Handzus won 14 of 19 faceoffs. Peter Forsberg played in his 600th NHL game
  • January 28, 2006 -- Fredrik Modin scored a natural hat trick over three periods and Sean Burke stopped all 38 shots in the Lightning's 6-0 victory in Philly. Pavel Kubina had three assists. Tampa Bay went 3-for-9 on the PP.
  • March 17, 2006 -- TB won 6-3 at home getting two goals from Ryan Craig. The Lightning led 4-1 in the third then the Flyers pulled to within one. Vinny Lecavalier then faked a shot, circled the net and beat Robert Esche with 1:43 to play and was subsequently leveled by Denis Gauthier. Lecavalier retaliated and was given a 2, 5, 10 and an ejection (Gauthier went unpenalized). Derian Hatcher was tossed in the early third on a boarding major.
  • October 19, 2006 -- Marc Denis made 34 saves in the Lightning's 4-1 home win. Peter Forsberg suffered a wrist injury in the game. Tampa Bay outshot Philly 36-35. Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier each had two assists.
  • November 2, 2006 -- Johan Holmqvist got his first NHL win by making 30 saves and Martin St. Louis (2-1-3) and Vinnie Lecavalier (1-2-3) combined for six points in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win in Philly. TB won in this series for the tenth straight time in the regular season which tied the second longest win streak ever by a team against Philadelphia (Boston (15) holds the record, the Rangers also had 10).
  • December 28, 2006 -- Robert Esche delivered a 42-save performance and the Flyers snapped two lengthy skids with a 4-3 road win. Philly entered the game losers in their last 10 games (including nine straight in regulation). The Flyers also snapped a 10-game regular season losing streak in this series, last winning April 4, 2003. Simon Gagne scored twice and Peter Forsberg had three assists, the 46th time he had three assists in a game.
  • January 30, 2007 -- Tampa Bay recorded a 4-3 victory in Philly by out-scoring the Flyers 2-0 in the shootout. Vinny Lecavalier and Brad richards scored in the shootout and Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg missed. Lecavalier tied the game 3-3 in the third period. Martin St.Louis led the Lightning with two points (1-1-2).
  • October 25, 2007 -- Brad Richards (2-1-3) and Jan Hlavac (0-3-3) led Tampa Bay to a 5-2 home win. Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier fought, it was Lecavalier's second fight in two nights (he had three all season). Riley Cote-Andre Roy also fought.
  • December 29, 2007 -- Joffrey Lupul (1-2-3) scored on a penalty shot in the first period and Marty Biron made 31 saves in a 4-2 win. Lupul, who had eight points in his last four games and 10 goals in his last nine games, was awarded the penalty shot when Brad Lukowich pulled him down from behind. Mike Knuble scored in the final minute of the middle period to give the Flyers the lead for good at 2-1.
  • February 14, 2008 -- Tampa Bay scored four straight goals in a 5-3 win in Philly. The Lightning out-scored Philly 3-0 in the middle period. Martin St. Louis (1-2-3) led the offense.
  • February 25, 2008 -- Vinnie Prospal was traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay for Alexandere Picard and future considerations.
  • March 6, 2008 -- Jeff Carter scored his second goal with 1:54 to play and led Philadelphia to a 3-2 home win. Philly held the Lightning to two third period shots and outshot Tampa Bay 25-20 in the game. The Flyers were without three key forwards in Simon Gagne, Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul. Tampa Bay had won the last eight regular season games played in Philadelphia and led 1-0 just 31 seconds into the first. Early second, Andre Roy and Riley Cote fought for a second time and Cote promptly decked Roy with a striking left. Roy got into a heated exchange with his head coach John Tortorella, too, while on the bench and didn't play the remainder of the game. During his tirade from the bench, Roy made a cutting gesture to his throat while reportedly yelling "You're (expletive) dead" at Cote. After the game, Roy was sent home by the team for the rest of the road trip (two games) and didn't play the rest of the season for the Lightning. Clip 1: Clip 2:
  • June 18, 2008 -- Vinnie Prospal was traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia for Nashville's 7th round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Joacim Eriksson) in the 2008 Entry Draft and future considerations.
  • November 7, 2008 -- Philadelphia acquired Matt Carle and the San Jose Sharks’ third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Lightning in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and Tampa Bay’s fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  • November 8, 2008 -- Mike Smith made 35 saves and Vinnie Prospal's goal snapped a 1-1 tie leading Tampa Bay to a 2-1 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers led 1-0 after 20 minutes and outshot the Lightning 18-5 who then scored twice in the middle period. The Flyers outshot the Lightning 36-22. Matt Carle, acquired the previous day, made his debut with the Flyers.
  • December 2, 2008 -- On a brilliant feed by Kimmo Timonen, captain Mike Richards scored a PPG in OT and the Flyers won 4-3 at home. "Kimmo and I had talked a little bit before the game just about special teams and what we wanted to do. He actually drew that play up 5-on-3, but 5-on-4 was kind of the same thing. Bring the attention to him (Timonen). Then some guy took (Simon) Gagne backdoor, and I just walked into it. He made a great pass and I shot as hard as I could," said Richards. The Lightning missed a chance with 16.3 seconds left in regulation when Ryan Malone was awarded a penalty shot, but his attempt failed as Martin Biron got a piece of the puck. Scott Hartnell tossed his glove at Malone which led to Malone's penalty shot. Jeff Carter (2-1-3) and Richards (2-0-2) had two goals apiece. Joffrey Lupul joined Timonen with two assists each. Philly led 3-1 in the third period but ex-Flyers' Vinnie Prospal and Steve Downie scored, the latter with under five minutes to play; former Flyers had five points for Tampa Bay. Scottie Upshall was ejected from the game for a 5-minute boarding call.

  • November 8, 2008 Lightning 1 @ Flyers 2
  • December 2, 2008 Lightning @ Flyers 7:00
  • January 15, 2009 Flyers @ Lightning 7:30
  • January 30, 2009 Flyers @ Lightning 7:30

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