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#36: Flyers @ Lightning - December 23, 2009 - 7:30 PM (ET)



Left WingCenter Right Wing
Gagne Richards Giroux
Hartnell Carter Briere
Van Riemsdyk Powe Asham
Carcillo Betts Laperriere

Pairing Pairing
Pronger Coburn
Carle Timonen
Parent Bartulis

Starter Backup
Leighton Backlund

PlayerReason Status
Boucher ring finger (right hand) laceration is day-to-day.
Cote healthy available
Emery left side, lower stomach surgery out approx. six weeks from Dec. 8
Powe shoulder strain expected to return tonight
Pyorala healthy available
Tollefson grade 2 knee sprain out 3-to-4 weeks from Dec. 14

45 ASHAM, Arron 5'11' 205 Right Portage-La-Prairie, Manitoba 4/13/78
11 BETTS, Blair6'3" 210 Left Edmonton, Alberta 2/16/80
48 BRIERE, Danny 5'10'' 179 Right Gatineau, Quebec 10/6/77
13 CARCILLO, Dan 6'0'' 205 Left King City, Ontario 1/28/85
17 CARTER, Jeff 6'3'' 200 Right London, Ontario 1/1/85
32 COTE, Riley 6'2'' 220 Left Winnipeg, Manitoba 3/16/82
12 GAGNE, Simon 6'0'' 195 Left Ste. Foy, Quebec 2/29/80
28 GIROUX, Claude 5'11'' 172 Right Hearst, Ontario 1/12/88
19 HARTNELL, Scott 6'2'' 210 Left Regina, Saskatchewan 4/18/82
14 LAPERRIERE, Ian 6'1'' 200 Right Montreal, Quebec 1/19/74
36 POWE, Darroll 5'11'' 212 Left Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 6/22/85
27 PYORALA, Mika 5'11'' 169 Left Oulu, Finland 7/13/81
18 RICHARDS, Mike 5'11'' 195 Left Kenora, Ontario 2/11/85
21 van RIEMSDYK, James 6'3'' 205 Left Middletown, New Jersey 5/4/89

3 BARTULIS, Oskars 6'2" 184 Left Ogre, Latvia 1/21/87
25 CARLE, Matt 6'0'' 205 Left Anchorage, Alaska 9/25/84
5 COBURN, Braydon 6'5'' 220 Left Calgary, Alberta 2/27/85
77 PARENT, Ryan 6'3'' 183 Left Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 3/17/87
20 PRONGER, Chris 6'6'' 214 Left Dryden, Ontario 10/10/74
44 TIMONEN, Kimmo 5'10'' 194 Left Kuopio, Finland 3/18/75
55 TOLLEFSEN, Ole-Kristian 6'2'' 211 Left Oslo, Norway 3/29/84

30 BACKLUND, JOHAN 6' 2" 198 Left Skelleftea, Sweden 7/24/81
33 BOUCHER, Brian 6'2'' 200 Left Woonsocket, Rhode Island 1/2/77
29 EMERY, Ray 6'2'' 196 Left Hamilton, Ontario 9/28/82
49 LEIGHTON, Michael 6'3" 186 Left Petrolia, Ontario 5/19/81


Left WingCenter Right Wing
Ryan Malone Steven Stamkos Marty St. Louis
Alex Tanguay Vinny Lecavalier Jeff Halpern
James Wright Paul Szczechura Steve Downie
Todd Fedoruk Blair Jones Stephane Veilleux

Mattias Ohlund Victor Hedman
Kurtis FosterAndrej Meszaros
David Hale Matt Smaby

Possible Starter Backup
Mike Smith Antero Niittymaki

PlayerReason Status
Zenon Konopka neck/wrist is questionable
Mike Lundin healthy is available
Paul Ranger personal leave not expected to play
Matt Walker lower body is questionable

9 Steve Downie 6' 0" 200 Apr 3, 1987 Newmarket, ON, CAN
17 Todd Fedoruk 6' 2" 232 Feb 13, 1979 Redwater, AB, CAN
11 Jeff Halpern 5' 11" 190 May 3, 1976 Potomac, MD, USA
49 Blair Jones 6' 3" 216 Sep 27, 1986 Central Butte, SK, CAN
28 Zenon Konopka 6' 0" 211 Jan 2, 1981 Niagara On The Lake, ON, CAN
4 Vincent Lecavalier "C" 6' 4" 223 Apr 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, QC, CAN
12 Ryan Malone 6' 4" 220 Dec 1, 1979 Pittsburgh, PA, USA
26 Martin St Louis "A" 5' 9" 177 Jun 18, 1975 Laval, QC, CAN
91 Steven Stamkos 6' 1" 196 Feb 7, 1990 Markham, ON, CAN
38 Paul Szczechura 5' 10" 184 Nov 30, 1985 Brantford, ON, CAN
13 Alex Tanguay 6' 1" 192 Nov 21, 1979 Ste-Justine, QC, CAN
19 Stephane Veilleux 6' 1" 190 Nov 16, 1981 Saint-Georg, QC, CAN
43 James Wright 6' 3" 196 Mar 24, 1990 Saskatoon, SK, CAN

6 Kurtis Foster 6' 5" 223 Nov 24, 1981 Carp, ON, CAN
21 David Hale 6' 1" 218 Jun 18, 1981 Colorado Springs, CO, USA
77 Victor Hedman 6' 6" 230 Dec 18, 1990 Ornskoldsvik, SWE
39 Mike Lundin 6' 2" 197 Sep 24, 1984 Burnsville, MN, USA
14 Andrej Meszaros 6' 2" 223 Oct 13, 1985 Povazska Bystrica, SVK
5 Mattias Ohlund "A" 6' 4" 225 Sep 9, 1976 Pitea, SWE
32 Matt Smaby 6' 4" 240 Oct 14, 1984 Minneapolis, MN, USA
8 Matt Walker 6' 4" 215 Apr 7, 1980 Beaverlodge, AB, CAN

30 Antero Niittymaki 6' 1" 190 Jun 18, 1980 Turku, FIN
41 Mike Smith 6' 4" 219 Mar 22, 1982 Kingston, ON, CAN

Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season record is 36-22-8-2.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season record at Philadelphia is 17-8-7-2.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season record at Tampa Bay is 19-14-1-0.
  • Tampa Bay has won 15 of the last 21 regular season games.
  • In the playoffs, the Flyers won in 1996 (4-2) and the Lightning won in 2004 (4-3). The Flyers are 7-6 in 13 games (4-2 at home and 3-4 at Tampa Bay).

  • September 29, 1992 -- The Flyers and Lightning met in a preseason game played in Orlando, Florida. Tampa Bay scored three third period goals and won 5-3 despite two goals from Mark Recchi. Eric Lindros, in his first NHL fight, made quick work of Joe Reekie: .
  • December 20, 1992 -- The teams met for the first time in the regular season and the Lightning won 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 10,425 in Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida. Eric Lindros, playing for the first time since missing nine games with a knee injury, scored the first goal in this series. Brian Bradley scored the next two goals. Doug Crossman, his 100th goal, gave the Lightining a 3-1 lead. Marc Bureau finished the scoring. The Lightning outshot Philly 31-19.
  • April 3, 1993 -- Dominic Roussel made 32 saves and the PP went 4-for-7 in the Flyers 6-2 home win, the first meeting between the clubs in Philadelphia. 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. It was the sixth straight game Fedyk registered points. Rod Brind'Amour was held scoreless for just the second time in 24 games that season. 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 at Tampa Bay. Mikael Renberg put Philly on top 3-2 as he had his fourth 2-goal game (in his 25th NHL appearance) with both goals scored in a span of 2:16 during the second period. Dominic Roussel was a perfect 16-for-16 in the opening period and made 30 saves for the win. Rod Brind'Amour, who recorded points in 23 of 25 games at this stage of the season, and Dimitri Yushkevich each had two assists. Dineen had four minors and seven shots in the physical and chippy game.
  • January 8, 1994 -- The Lightning recorded a 4-2 win in front of the second largest (at the time) crowd in NHL history, 26,023 in the Florida Suncoast Dome (Thunderdome). Daren Puppa stopped 28 of 30 shots. Eric Lindros scored a SHG on a breakaway. Milos Holan's PPG, the only goal in his Flyers' career gave Philly a 2-1 lead but Brian Bradley and Mikael Andersson scored in the last minute of the middle period to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead. The GWG came with three ticks left in the second period. Lindros battled Joe Reekie --

  • March 6, 1994 -- Dominic Roussel made 36 saves and Mark Lamb, acquired the prior day in a trade with Ottawa, scored the GWG early in the third period in Philly's 3-1 win at Tampa Bay. Lamb filled in on a line with Mikael Renberg and Mark Recchi because Eric Lindros suffered back spasms in the pre-game skate. Renberg scored the Flyers' first goal with under six minutes to play in the second period. Recchi scored the third goal. The Flyers scored twice on three shots in the decisive third period despite being outshot 16-3. Tampa Bay held a 37-21 shots advantage in the game. The attendance was 21,849.

  • 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, Mikael Renberg scored twice and Dominic Roussel stopped 35 saves in the 5-2 win at Tampa Bay in front of 21,896. LeClair gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when Denis Savard was 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. He upped his point production to seven (4-3-7) in his fourth game since joining the Flyers.
  • March 7, 1995 -- John LeClair (2-0-2) led six Flyers with two-point games in a 4-3 win in front of 21,827 at Tampa Bay. Philly led 4-1 in the second period but Brantt Myhres and Paul Ysebaert each scored their first goals in a Tampa Bay sweater to make it 4-3. Brent Fedyk suffered a strained neck and missed the next 13 games.
  • April 6, 1995 -- John LeClair scored twice (1-2-3) and Brent Fedyk, who suffered a strained neck and missed 13 games the last time the teams met, returned to action and had two (1-1-2) points 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's (1-2-3) tip-in of an Eric Lindros shot snapped a 2-2 tie and Philly won 3-2 at home. The Legion of Doom combined for seven points, however, Lindros credited Dominic Roussel (18 saves) as the reason the team won. Brian Bradley evened the game 2-2 1:07 prior to the winning goal. Shawn Antoski fought Rudy Poeschek --
  • 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 recorded his eleventh career shutout as he made 18 stops and John LeClair scored twice in a 4-0 win in Philadelphia, defeating a Tampa Bay team that finished an impressive five-game road trip with their only loss. LeClair (2-1-3) and Eric Lindros (1-2-3) dominated with with six points and were a combined +5. A brawl erupted 6:48 into the third period with Rudy Poeschek (TB) and Shawn Antoski (Flyers) among the combatants.

  • 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. The Flyers led 2-0 at the 6:59 mark. 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 earned home ice advantage for the upcoming playoffs in the Eastern Conference by stopping Tampa Bay 3-1. The win gave the Flyers a 103 points, one more than Pittsburgh's 102. All four goals were scored in the second period. 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. Mikael Renberg, who missed 30 of the last 36 regular season games due to abdominal strains, was scheduled to rejoin the team but his fiancee Stina gave birth to a baby girl and Russ Romaniuk took Renberg's place in the lineup. At practice the following day, Roman Hamrlik said he didn't like playing for head coach Terry Crisp and wished Wayne Cashman was the Lightning's head coach.
  • April 18, 1996 -- In Game 2 in Philly, Brian Bellows scored 9:05 into OT leading the Lightning to a 2-1 victory in a particularly violent game. The goal came 47 seconds after Tampa Bay killed a minor penalty to David Shaw. Daren Puppa (26 saves in the game) made several key stops in the man advantage including one off his helmet. Mikael Renberg, who missed 31 of the last 37 games, mostly due to abdominal strains, returned to the lineup two days after becoming a father and he was jabbed in the midsection by Cory Cross which set off a fury. Joel Otto suffered a left left knee strain and John Druce was knocked out for the balance of the playoffs with torn knee ligaments after Ulanov slew-footed him. 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. John LeClair had to be helped from the ice with a severely sprained ankle after getting hit from behind by Michel Petit near the goal post and didn't return until Game 4.
  • 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 was an NHL-record 25,945 (broken the next game). Prior to the game, Michel Petit of Tampa Bay said "To give hits, you've got to be able to take hits. And that's their (Flyers) problem. They can't take hits. Every time they get hit, they complain, you know."
  • 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. Philly outshot Tampa Bay 33-22. Starting goalie Daren Puppa once again did not play for the Lightning due to back spasms. The game was played in front of the NHL's largest crowd ever (since broken) 28,183 in the Thunderdome. Tampa Bay head coach Terry Crisp said "The Flyers took our thunder away in the ThunderDome."
  • 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. Mikael Renberg gave Philly a 1-0 lead, his first lead The Flyers led 2-0 after two periods then added two PPGs, by Pat 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 received a double minor, a match penalty and was ejected about six minutes into the third period when he jumped Petit. 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. The Flyers won an incredible 24 of 25 faceoffs in the middle period. Six players scored for the Flyers and five had multi-point efforts; Karl Dykhuis (1-1-2) and Shawn Antoski (1-1-2), who scored within 55 seconds of each other, gave Philly a 2-0 lead. Trent Klatt (1-1-2) made it 3-1 in the first period. Rod Brind'Amour (0-2-2) also had a multi-point game. Daren Puppa (16/21) was again pulled for Jeff Reese (3/4). "If we had a healthy Daren Puppa, we win that series," said the Lightning's head coach Terry Crisp afterwards. 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 prevented them from the traditional post-series handshakes: SERIES RECAP: Dale Hawerchuk (3-4-7) led the Flyers and John Cullen (3-2-5) led the Lightning. John LeClair (4-2-6), Eric Lindros (3-3-6), Joel Otto (3-3-6) and Mikael Renberg (1-5-6) added six points each.

  • 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 their first visit to the Ice Palace (which opened October 20th) in Tampa. The Lightning led 3-0, scoring three times in under six minutes and held onto that three-goal lead with less than five minutes left in the middle period. The Flyers scored twice in 35 seconds as Mikael Renberg and Scott Daniels scored and assisted on the other's goal getting the team to within a goal after 40 minutes. Klatt tied the game 20 seconds into the third period. Ron Hextall made 25 saves in the victory and was a perfect 12-for-12 in the thid period when Tampa Bay outshot Philly 12-6 but gave up both goals. Daniel Lacroix-Jason Wiemer battled:

  • November 23, 1996 -- Dale Hawerchuk's PPG, a redirected point shot from Eric Desjardins, with less than five to play led Philly to a 2-1 road win. Ron Hextall picked up the victory by making 20 saves. Corey Schwab made 32 saves in the loss. Dan Kordic vs Brantt Myhres fight:
  • 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. A spirited confrontation as Dan Kordic leveled Brantt Myrhes:
  • 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 scored his 200th career goal and added four assists and linemate Vaclav Prospal had two goals and two assists as the
    Flyers scored three times in the first 8:22 en route to a 7-1 thumping of Tampa Bay in Philadelphia. Lindros (1-4-5), Prospal (2-2-4) and Janne Niinimaa (1-2-3) combined for 12 points and had seven points by the 8:22 mark including three assists by Lindros. Prospal, who was replacing an injured Danius Zubrus, said "I am just filling in ... it's (Zubrus') spot. He earned it by playing well last year. He was playing great this season before getting hurt. I am just happy I am playing," Prospal said. "It's a right wing postiion and I am a centerman (but) I do not mind as long as I am in the lineup. But if I was to stay up there and every game was to be like this, that would be great, but it's (Zubrus') spot and I am just filling in." The Flyers scored three PPGs in the game. Ron Hextall made 17 stops in the victory. Daren Puppa was replaced by Corey Schwab after suffering a strained neck while stopping just three of six shots.
  • 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. Brantt Myhres, in his third game with the Flyers, had a fight with Jamie Huscroft:
  • 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; 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. Brantt Myhres whipped Igor Ulanov and was handed 17 PIMs:

  • December 14, 1997 -- John LeClair scored two goals, including the 200th of his career, and Ron Hextall made 20 saves for his 21st career shutout as the Flyers blanked the Lightning, 3-0 in Philly. Rod Brind'Amour snapped a scoreless tie midway in the game with a SHG. Brantt Myhres got in a brief fight with Mick Vukota.
  • 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 win at Tampa Bay. John LeClair scored twice including the GWG at 7:49 of the third followed by Mike Sillinger's 20th goal 37 seconds later. LeClair's goal was reviewed to see if it went off his skate but the goal was allowed. The Flyers last three goals all came via the PP. In the third period explosion that came in a span of 11:05, five different Flyers scored and Paul Coffey, Alexandre Daigle and Sillinger each picked up two points. Philly outshot TB 37-16 including 14-3 in the last period and Sean Burke picked up the win by making 15 saves. A bloody brawl, when Darcy Tucker cut Dan Kordic with 6:31 to play: . After the game, according to media reports, Eric Lindros and other Flyers confronted Andrei Nazarov in the parking lot outside the arena.
  • October 16, 1998 -- John LeClair had a natural hat trick in a 5-2 victory at Tampa Bay. 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 rallied 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 (30 saves) and Ron Hextall (28 saves) 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 was traded to the Flyers in a trade for Petr Svoboda.
  • January 30, 1999 -- Rod Brind'Amour set the tone by scoring twice in the first 12:55 and the Flyers skated to a 6-2 home win. Philly dominated the opening 20 minutes with a 3-0 lead and a 20-2 shots advantage. The margin increased to 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 had three 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. Flyers' defenseman Dan McGillis had a slight break in the first metatarsal bone after blocking a Chris Gratton shot; though he played in the next two games, he missed the following four contests.
  • 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. Mike Sillinger and Chris Gratton gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the first period but Eric Lindros and John LeClair, who scored with 4.8 seconds left in the second period, netted second period goals. Mark Recchi assisted on all three goals. Earlier in the day, the Flyers acquired Rick Tocchet from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Mikael Renberg.
  • 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 -- Martin St. Louis and Fredrik Modin scored twice and Kevin Weekes made 32 saves in Tampa Bay's 4-3 home win. Bill Barber tasted his first defeat as an NHL coach after a start of 5-0-3-0, the second best beginning for any NHL coach ever. "I don't mind what happened tonight. I'm a very happy guy and not just for the run we've been on, but the play of our players. We were a little short tonight and maybe we'll be shorter the next game, it really doesn't matter. The players played hard tonight from a fan's standpoint. I almost got wrapped up into being a fan tonight, it was that good of a hockey game -- up and down action, agressive hockey and all the other stuff that goes with it," said Barber. 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 Dan McGillis had a goal and an assist in the Flyers' 3-0 shutout victory at Tampa Bay. Cechmanek improved to 8-0-3 (W-L-T) in his last eleven decisions. Ruslan Fedotenko scored the GWG with 8:56 left in the first period when he beat Dan Cloutier on a wraparound.
  • 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 both by Cechmanek. 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 (first-star, 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 the 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 opened the second period with three goals in the first 10:49, including two by Donald Brashear, the first which came 29 seconds after Eric Desjardins made it 1-0, but failed to hold on in a 3-3 home tie. Jiri Dopita assisted on all three goals. Sheldon Keefe completed the tie with 1:36 remaining in regulation. Dieter Kochan made 38 saves for the Lightning in his first start of the season. Injuries to top centers Jeremy Roenick (hyperextended knee, out seven games) and Keith Primeau (bruised ribs on a hit by Shane Willis, out two games) forced the Flyers into altering their roster at the trade deadline the following day when the team, acquired Adam Oates (from Washington), the NHL's season leader in assists and fourth in scoring.

  • 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.
  • August 14, 2002 -- The Lightning named Hall of Famer Bill Barber as Director of Player Personnel.
  • 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. Justin Williams suffered a partial of a ligament in his left knee and missed the next 36 games; he did not return until the regular season finale.
  • 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. Tampa Bay's win was just the second in 23 regular season visits to Philadelphia. Afterwards, Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock blasted his team's performance "One team was ready to win and willing to pay the price and the other was wanting to win but not willing to pay the price. We were guilty of the second part. They won all the battles for pucks, they checked harder than we did and they came in and played a great road game against us. We had too many passengers today. We had players who didn't want to compete at the level of the game. That's disappointing."
  • 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 14 seconds later Chris Dingman and Jim Vandermeer got into a tepid fight.

  • 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 the team's 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 with Simon Gagne near the Flyers' goal at 2:48 of the second period and stayed in the game for the nexy 1:35. Esche suffered a sprained left knee which kept him sidelined until February 28. This was Little's lone NHL appearance of the season and one of two in his career.
  • February 17, 2004 -- Tampa Bay swept the season series with a 5-2 win at home. Brad Richards (GWG, 1-2-3) and Cory Stillman (1-2-3) led the offense. The Flyers were outshot 36-19. Sean Burke made 31 saves in the loss. There were 14 PIMs in the game, seven minors.
  • 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 scored the game's first goal, in the second period. Moments after Sami Kapanen's apparent goal was disallowed, on a goalie interference call against Keith Primeau, Michal Handzus evened the game but Brad Richards' restored Tampa Bay's lead later in the second period. Chris Dingman gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead in the third period. Fredrik Modin and Cory Stillman assisted on the Lightning's first two goals. Philly outshot Tampa Bay 20-17. The Lightning had eight days off since they eliminated Montreal. Highlights --

  • May 10, 2004 -- In Game 2, Robert Esche earned top star status by making 29 saves in Philly's 6-2 victory at Tampa Bay. Marcus Ragnarsson had a game-high three (0-3-3) points and six different players scored. John LeClair gave Philly a lead 1:53 into the game, his first goal of the playoffs in his 13th game. Sami Kapanen (1-1-2) scored a huge SHG, 2:27 after Mark Recchi's PPG gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The Flyers led 3-0 after one period, 5-0 after two periods and 6-0 midway in the third period. Nikolai Khababulin surrendered four goals on 12 shots and was replaced by John Grahame. Tampa Bay's eight-game PO winning streak ended. Danny Markov fought Darryl Sydor -- . Donald Brashear (27 PIms in the game) later fought Chris Dingman. Highlights --

  • May 13, 2004 -- In Game 3, Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 24 shots and backed Tampa Bay to a 4-1 win in Philadelphia. The Lightning scored twice in a span of 2:24 the first period and that lead held through two periods. Keith Primeau netted a goal 36 seconds into the third period but Vincent Lecavalier scored on a breakaway 43 seconds later to recapture a two-goal margin. 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. Highlights --
  • May 15, 2004 -- In Game 4, Keith Primeau received first-star honors and Robert Esche made 28 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 victory. John LeClair and Mark Recchi scored in a span of 85 seconds late in the opening period to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Primeau had two points, including an unassisted SHG which gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead; he also won 19 of 28 faceoffs. 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. Highlights --
  • 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. Highlights --
  • May 20, 2004 -- In Game 6, the Flyers recorded one of the most dramatic victories in team history with a 5-4 OT win in Philadelphia. Simon Gagne (2-0-2) scored 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 including one 88 seconds into the game that put T.B. up 1-0. The Flyers had a 43-29 shot advantage including 17-5 in the third period and 10-5 in OT. Philly won 50 of 81 faceoffs; Jeremy Roenick won nine of 11 faceoffs and added two assists. Kim Johnsson played a game-high 37:22. Philly's PP was in a skid of 1-for-37. Highlights --

  • 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. Highlights-- . KEY SERIES STAT: 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. R.J. Umberger scored his first NHL goal.

  • 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. The Flyers were without Peter Forsberg (groin), Keith Primeau (concussion), Eric Desjardins (shoulder) and Branko Radivojevic (ankle) and then Kim Johnsson, who returned after missing three games with concussion-like symptoms, left because of dizziness and missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
  • March 17, 2006 -- Tampa Bay 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. Vaclav Prospal (1-1-2), Brad Richards (0-2-2)and Vincent Lecavalier (0-2-2)each had two points. The game was scoreless until Ryan Craig scored near the midway point. Tampa Bay outshot Philly 36-35. Peter Forsberg was limited to 4:56 of playing time due to a wrist injury which kept him out the following game. Ben Eager fought Doug Janik --
  • November 2, 2006 -- Johan Holmqvist made 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. Holmqvist earned his first NHL win, six years after his NHL debut -- the second longest such streak in NHL history (Frederic Chabot). The Lightning 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 once won 15 straight and the Rangers once won 10 in a row). Jeff Carter missed the next 20 games as he suffered a fracture of the left tibia (ankle) and did not return until mid-December.
  • 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. Riley Cote-Andre Roy battled. Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier fought, it was Lecavalier's second fight in two nights (he had three all season):
  • 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 at Tampa Bay. 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. Riley Cote-Andre Roy:
  • 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. Johan Holmqvist made 27 saves.
  • 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 San Jose's 3rd round choice (Simon Bertilsson) in the 2009 Entry Draft for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Tampa Bay selected Alex Hutchings) in the 2009 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. Highlights --
  • December 2, 2008 -- Mike Richards scored a PPG in OT, off a brilliant feed by Kimmo Timonen, and the Flyers recorded a 4-3 victory in Philadelphia. "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, after Scott Hartnell tossed his glove towards Malone, but Martin Biron prevented the improbable finish ( ). Biron finished with 34 saves. Jeff Carter (2-1-3), Richards (2-0-2), Joffrey Lupul (0-2-2) and Timonen (0-2-2) had multiple-point outings. Philly led 3-1 in the third period but ex-Flyers Vinnie Prospal and Steve Downie scored. Scottie Upshall was ejected from the game for a 5-minute boarding call. Highlights --

  • January 15, 2009 -- Martin St. Louis, Andrej Meszaros and Ryan Craig scored during a 2:03 span of the second period to lead the Lightning to a 4-1 home win. Mike Smith made 31 saves in the win. Martin Biron made 40 saves in the defeat. Kimmo Timonen was struck in the face when a shot by Mike Richards deflected off a Lightning player. “I remember Richie shooting the puck, but I didn’t see what happened afterward. It was a deflected puck which hit my upper right lip. I remember bleeding hard. I remember everything.”
  • January 30, 2009 -- Antero Niittymaki made 41 saves and Mike Richards (2-1-3) and Jeff Carter (2-0-2) combined for four goals in Philly's 6-1 road win. Randy Jones (1-1-2) scored the GWG on a PP in the second period. The Flyers killed eight of nine penalties, ex-Flyer Vinnie Prospal scored. The Lightning held a 42-32 shots advantage. Martin St. Louis failed on a short-handed penalty shot in the third period. Riley Cote and David Koci fought -- and Braydon Coburn and Ryan Malone fought --
  • November 2, 2009 -- Mike Richards (2-1-3), Jeff Carter (2-1-3), Scott Hartnell (1-2-3) and JVR (0-3-3) had three-point nights and Ray Emery made 26 saves in leading Philly to a 6-2 home win. David Laliberte joined Bill Sutherland, Mel Bridgman, Mike Bullard, Rich Sutter and Eric Lindros as the only Flyers to score goals in their first two games (Sutter scored in his first three). Lightning goalie Mike Smith (13 saves/18 shots) was replaced by Antero Niittymaki (12/13). Arron Asham and Zenon Konopka fought --

  • December 23, 2009 -- Blair Betts (2-0-2) and Mike Richards (2-1-3) each scored twice and the Flyers ended a 4-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory at Tampa Bay. The Flyers entered the game with a 3-13-1 mark in the last 17 games. With netmiders Ray Emery and Brian Boucher sidelined, Michael Leighton started and made 31 saves in his first start for the Flyers since February 2007. The Flyers led 2-0 after one period but the Lightning responded with two goals in the second. Betts snapped the tie with 9:59 to play and about Richards made it 4-2 with 2:38 to play. Jeff Carter became the fifth Flyer to play in 250 consecutive regular season games.
  • January 9, 2010 -- at Philadelphia 7:00 PM
  • March 2, 2010 -- at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM

DayDateSite and OpponentTime Broadcast
Sat Dec 26 A - Carolina 7:00 PM ET CSN-PH (HD), FS-CR
Sun Dec 27 A - NY Islanders 5:00 PM ET CSN-PH (HD),MSG PLUS 2
Wed Dec 30 A - NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET CSN-PH (HD),MSG 2
Fri Jan 1 A - Boston (Winter Classic) 1:00 PM ET NBC (HD),CBC (HD),RDS (HD)
Sun Jan 3 A - Ottawa 1:00 PM ET CSN-PH (HD), SNET-E
Wed Jan 6 H - Toronto 7:00 PM ET TSN (HD), RIS, CSN-PH (HD)
Thu Jan 7 A - Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET NHLN-US (HD), CSN-PH (HD), FS-P (HD)
Sat Jan 9 H - Tampa Bay 7:00 PM ET WTOG, CSN-PH (HD)
Tue Jan 12 H - Dallas 7:00 PM ET FS-SW, CSN-PH (HD)


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