FLYERS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES' HISTORY: Current and Miscellaneous:
The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season record is 41-25-8-3.
The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season home record is 19-10-7-2.
The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season road record is 22-15-1-1.
The Flyers are 7-6 in 13 PO games, 4-2 at home and 3-4 away. The Flyers won in 1996 (4-2) and lost in 2004 (3-4).
September 29, 1992 -- The Flyers and Lightning met in a preseason game played in front of 10,347 at the Orlando (FL) Arena. Tampa Bay scored three third period goals and won 5-3. Mark Recchi scored twice for Philly. Eric Lindros, in his first NHL fight, decked Joe Reekie who was unhappy with Lindros' hard check on Jock Callander. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ_8iOSHk8 . Flyers' goalie Daryl Reaugh gave up five goals on 34 shots.
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. Ex-Flyer Doug Crossman scored his 100th career goal which gave the Lightining a 3-1 lead. Marc Bureau finished the scoring. The Lightning outshot Philly 31-19. After the game, a disgusted Lindros said "It comes down to a lot of hard work and taking care of our bodies. Putting some things aside off the ice and focusing on hockey. I'm embarrassed about our effort tonight. I'm embarrassed about my effort first and I'm embarrassed about a lot of people's efforts."
April 3, 1993 -- Dominic Roussel made 32 saves and the Flyers' slumping PP went an impressive 4-for-5 in a 6-2 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 PP was successful just 3 times in the last 54 chances. 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's 13-game point streak was snapped as he was held scoreless for just the second time in the first 24 games. 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 lifting the Flyers to a 4-3 road win. 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 -- Daren Puppa made 28 saves and Brian Bradley and Mikael Andersson scored in the last minute of the second period (Andersson's with three seconds remaining) which swung the momentum in the Lightning's 4-2 home win. Attendance in the Florida Suncoast Dome (Thunderdome) was 26,023, at the time the second largest in NHL history. Dave Brown, who was ejected, and Rudy Poeschek fought prior to the eight-minute mark. 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. The Flyers held a 30-20 shots advantage including 9-2 in the third period. Lindros-Rob DiMaio confrontation ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB7H4rD2bUM ). Lindros fought Joe Reekie -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n3eln0RlSE
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 -- Eric Lindros scored with 28 seconds left in the third period which concluded a furious third period of a 5-5 tie in Philly. Brian Bradley (2-2-4) scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation, including the temporary go-ahead goal with 55 seconds to play, to put Tampa Bay on top 4-3. Philly led 2-0 in the first but fell behind by a goal after 20 minutes. After a scoreless second, Philly went ahead 4-3 in the third on goals 20 seconds apart by Yves Racine and Todd Hlushko.
September 6, 1994 -- The Lightning acquired the rights to Alexander Selivanov from the Flyers for a 1995 fourth round pick (Radovan Somik was selected). Selivanov was a Flyers' 1994 sixth round pick.
February 14, 1995 -- John LeClair (3-2-5) 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 which prompted Ron Hextall to shatter his stick on one of the goal posts in a symbol of frustration at his team's play. Less than two minutes later, Mikael Renberg scored for the Flyers. Philly scored three straight beforeTampa 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. LeClair increased his points total to 13 (7-6-13) in four games against the Lightning. The Legion of Doom combined for seven points. Rod Brind'Amour scored which accounted for his 400th career point. Dominic Roussel made 18 saves which led Lindros to say "Anytime you get great goaltending like we had today, your chances for winning really improve. If you watch the way he handled the puck tonight, on the wraparounds especially, you could tell he was on." Brian Bradley evened the game 2-2 1:07 prior to the winning goal. Shawn Antoski fought Rudy Poeschek -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkxRthShftw
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. Garth Snow made 27 saves in his second game for the Flyers.
February 17, 1996 -- Jeff Reese made 24 saves and Brian Bradley (2-1-3) scored twice in the Lightning's 5-2 home win. The Flyers led 2-0 at the 6:59 mark but the Lightning scored the next five goals. Rob Zamuner broke the 2-2 tie near the game's midway point.
March 13, 1996 -- Daren Puppa made 42 saves, including 20-for-21 in the second period, in a 1-1 tie at Philly. 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. "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."
April 14, 1996 --Garth Snow made 28 saves and the Flyers earned home ice advantage in the Eastern Conference POs with a 3-1 win in front of 23,697 in the ThunderDome. The win, coupled with the Penguins' loss against Boston, gave the Flyers 103 points to Pittsburgh's 102. Eric Lindros (1-1-2), Kerry Huffman and Rod Brind'Amour scored in the second period. Alex Selivanov, who tied the game 1-1, was ejected about three minutes later with a gross misconduct penalty (reports said he pulled hair) and triple-minor (unsportsmanlike, high sticking and roughing) in a scrum with Petr Svoboda, who had a double-minor. Tampa Bay backup netminder Jeff Reese made 31 saves and leading scorer Brian Bradley (knee injury) did not play.
April 16, 1996 -- In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference QFs in Philly, the Flyers outshot Tampa Bay 32-17 in a 7-3 win. The Flyers led 3-0 by the 6:47 mark including goals by Dale Hawerchuk (1-1-2) in the opening minute and Joel Otto (1-1-2) who factored in the second and third goals. The lead expanded to 6-0 12:01 into the second period. The Lightning cut the score to 6-3 in the third. Seven Flyers scored including Eric Lindros (1-2-3) and Pat Falloon (1-2-3) who both had three points. Daren Puppa (10 saves, 14 shots) was replaced by Jeff Reese (15 stops, 18 shots). The matchup was between the first and eighth seeds and marked Tampa Bay's debut in the NHL POs. 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. 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. Ulanov's check on Lindros ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpMVyTxZpag ). 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." OT highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rLE-e8jgxU
April 23, 1996 -- In Game 4 in St. Petersburg, John LeClair, who missed most of Game 2 and all of Game 3 with a sprained ankle, rejoined his team 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, Ron Hextall made 23 saves, the Flyers" PP was 3-for-13 and the PK was a perfect 9-for-9 in a 4-1 win. Mikael Renberg gave Philly a 1-0 lead. The Flyers led 2-0 after two periods then got PPGs from Pat Falloon and John LeClair in the first 2:43 of the third to double the lead to 4-0. Ron Hextall was 2:01 from a shutout when John Cullen beat him on a SHG 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptWCwmOS5LI
April 27, 1996 -- In Game 6 in St. Petersburg, Bob Corkum (1-2-3) was the game's top star and Ron Hextall made 27 saves in the Flyers' 6-1 elimination of the Lightning. The Flyers won 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), the game's number two star, made it 3-1 in the first period. Rod Brind'Amour (0-2-2) had two assists. Daren Puppa (16 saves, 21 shots) was again pulled for Jeff Reese (3 saves, 4 shots). "If we had a healthy Daren Puppa, we win that series," said the Lightning's head coach Terry Crisp. Attendance in the Thunderdome was 27,189. Eric Lindros and Igor Ulanov were ejected late in the contest which prevented them from the post-series handshakes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UATTi_lyUcE . SERIES RECAP: Dale Hawerchuk (3-4-7), John LeClair (4-2-6), Eric Lindros (3-3-6), Joel Otto (3-3-6) and Mikael Renberg (1-5-6) led the Flyers and John Cullen (3-2-5) led the Lightning in scoring. Philly out-scored Tampa Bay 25-13 including 13-3 in the last three games. The Flyers' PP went 10-for-43 and scored in each game while the PK was 32-for-35 against the fourth best regular season PP team. Ron Hextall had a .913 save percentage. Darren Puppa played in 4 games and had a save percentage of .837. Jeff Reese played in 5 games and had a save percentage of .889.
October 31, 1996 -- Trent Klatt (2-0-2) scored twice in the third period as the Flyers rallied from a 3-0 hole to win 4-3 in their first visit to the Ice Palace (which opened October 20th) in Tampa. The Lightning led 3-0 in the first period, scoring twice in 12 seconds and three times in under six minutes, and held that lead with less than five minutes left in the second period. However, Mikael Renberg (1-1-2) and Scott Daniels (1-1-2) scored 35 seconds apart and assisted on the other's goal to bring the Flyers within a goal. Klatt tied the game 20 seconds into the third period. Ron Hextall made 25 saves and was a perfect 12-for-12 in the third period when Tampa Bay outshot Philly 12-6. Shjon Podein and Chris Gratton fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0WGdYcYmcc ) as did Daniel Lacroix-Jason Wiemer battled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghpyWKxJVA0
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_lnRY1ZPGM
January 9, 1997 -- Tampa Bay ended three streaks with a 3-1 road win. The Lightning won a regular season game in Philadelphia for the first time (ninth game) in the franchise's history and snapped the Flyers unbeaten streak at 17 games (14-0-3). Eric Lindros' attempt to tie Bobby Clarke's 1975 team-record of 18 straight games with a point was also stopped (Lindros did tie it in 1999). 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe1QeNxCXj4
February 20, 1997 -- Rick Tabaracci made 28 saves and Daymond Langkow (1-1-2) and Chris Gratton (1-1-2) had two points in a 5-2 Tampa Bay home win. The Lightning had a 3-2 lead late in the opening period and then killed a double minor to Cory Cross which carried over into the second period. Ron Hextall made 35 saves in the loss. Tampa Bay outshot the Flyers 40-30.
April 1, 1997 -- Rod Brind'Amour's PPG midway through the third period gave Philly a 1-1 home tie. Ron Hextall made 22 saves. Chris Gratton scored for the Lightning in the second period. Daren Puppa made 32 saves. The Lightning did not record a shot on goal in the third period until 2:20 remained.
August 20, 1997 -- Philly sent Mikael Renberg and Karl Dykhuis to the Lightning in exchange for the Flyers' first round picks in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 which were originally sent to the Lightning as part of the Flyers' August 12 offer sheet for Group 2 free agent Chris Gratton (5 years at $16.5m). The offer sheet was sent to the Lightning offices at 10:03 P.M. However, the next day, the Lightning traded Gratton to Chicago for two players (rumors included Eric Daze, Ethan Moreau, Steve Dubuinsky and Keith Carney) and cash. Lightning GM Phil Esposito claimed that the offer sheet signing was invalid due to a smudged fax which made the numbers on the paper improperly visible. Eventually, an arbiter ruled the offer sheet valid and Gary Bettman said ''The sands of the hourglass...Chicago and Tampa Bay just ran out of time" saying the offer sheet came prior to the trade. At that point, the Lightning decided not to match the Flyers' offer sheet and the agreed deal was Gratton for Renberg and Dykhuis. Prior to the offer sheet signing, Esposito reportedly offered Gratton $10 million over five seasons then $8.45 million over three seasons.
October 21, 1997 -- Eric Lindros (1-4-5) scored his 200th career goal and added four assists, linemate Vaclav Prospal had (2-2-4) four points and the Flyers scored three times in the first 8:22 en route to a 7-1 home win. Lindros, Prospal 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 replaced 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SsWpdDefXA
November 29, 1997 -- The teams skated to a 3-3 tie at Tampa Bay. The Lightning's Rob Zamuner, chosen the same day for the 1998 Canadian Olympic Team, scored in the opening minute of the third period which finished the scoring. Dainius Zubris gave Philly a 2-1 lead just 10 seconds into the second period. Philly outshot the Lightning 15-2 in the first and 7-1 in OT; the final total was 35-26. Brantt Myhres whipped Igor Ulanov and was handed 17 PIMs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENbDbdWss60
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). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYhms6N04o8 and an Eric Lindros check against Steve Kelly ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xpSZb_YRzU ). The game was aired on ESPN.
April 8, 1998 -- The Flyers out-scored Tampa Bay 5-0 in the third period en route to a 6-1 road win. John LeClair (2-0-2) scored twice and Mike Sillinger (1-1-2) had two points. 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. Sean Burke picked up the win by making 15 saves. The Flyers last three goals all came via the PP and was was 3-for-9 in the game compared to Tampa Bay's 0-for-3. Andrei Nazarov was ejected after he cut Daniel Lacroix during a brawl which also involved the Lightning's Sandy McCarthy and Darcy Tucker with 6:31 to play and which led to five misconducts and 69 PIMs, 27 to Philadelphia and 42 to Tampa Bay ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaEZ-jVr9vk ). According to media reports, Eric Lindros, who did not play, and other Flyers confronted Nazarov in the parking lot outside the arena following the game due to what was perceived as a sucker punch by Nazarov against Daniel Lacroix who received 48 stitches around his left eye and missed the next four games. Said Lindros "What he did was gutless, the incident won't be forgotten." Kjell Samuelsson, however, interceded and separated the pair. Nazarov commented "There were six of them, and I thought they might try to jump me. They could have. It would have been one against six. I told them to save it for the ice. If you want me, come and get me on the ice." Luke Richardson fought Enrico Ciccone in the game's final minute ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rsgyavnXpU ).
October 16, 1998 -- John LeClair (3-0-3) had a natural hat trick and Eric Lindros (1-2-3) had three points in the Flyers' 5-2 win at Tampa Bay. LeClair's hat trick was the eighth of his career and gave him 20 goals in 28 career games against the Lightning. 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. Daren Puppa made 31 saves and Mikael Renberg had two assists.
December 12, 1998 -- Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow were sent to the Flyers for Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger. Said GM Bob Clarke "Gratton obviously wasn't having a lot of success on the wing (switched from center) with us. We were trying to get something out of him at a position in which he wasn't comfortable. So, we made the trade. With Renberg, we'll get more production out of him. We were getting nothing out of Sillinger and Langkow is a more productive and younger player."
December 20, 1998 --Ron Hextall (28 saves) and Bill Ranford (30 saves) shined, especially in OT, and the teams skated to a 2-2 tie in Philly. 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. 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 Philadelphia in exchange 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 Flyers scored twice on a 5-minute elbowing major to Cory Cross for their second and third goals. Dan McGillis (1-2-3), who had all his points in the opening period, John LeClair (2-1-3) and Eric Lindros (0-3-3) each had three points. The Legion of Doom (Lindros, LeClair and Mikael Renberg) line had 19 shots on goal. Ron Hextall made 19 saves. The Flyers held a 44-21 shots advantage. Corey Schwab made 38 saves.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTMkGc7A5KE
November 22, 1999 --The Flyers held an opponent without a shot in a period for the first time in team history but dropped a 4-1 decision at Tampa Bay. The Lightning were outshot 17-0 in the second period and 31-17 in the game. Zac Bierk made 30 saves and Chris Gratton (1-2-3) had three points. Stan Drulia's first period goal held up through two periods. Petr Svoboda (1-1-2) gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead with 3:34 to play, a 5-on-3 goal. Flyers' defenseman Dan McGillis had a slight break in the first metatarsal bone after blocking a shot by Gratton and would miss the next four games.
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's PPG with 1:11 left in OT gave the Flyers a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay. 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. Mark Recchi (0-3-3) assisted on all three goals and JVB made 25 saves. Tampa Bay played its 14th OT game of the season and had yet to win (0-7-7). Mike Sillinger and Chris Gratton gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Flyers held a 15-4 shots advantage in the second period and Eric Lindros and John LeClair scored, the latter with 4.8 seconds remaining. Dan Cloutier made 36 saves. Earlier in the day, the Flyers acquired Rick Tocchet from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Mikael Renberg.
December 6, 2000 -- John LeClair (3-0-3) snapped a tie with 3:40 to play and then completed his 10th career hat trick 1:16 later in Philly's 6-3 home win. Dan McGillis, Rick Tocchet and Daymond Langkow each had two assists. "(Rick Tocchet)Toc went hard to the net, paid the price and lost some teeth in the process," LeClair said of Tocchet, who picked up his 500th career assist on the goal. Brian Boucher made 20 stops. 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. Dan Cloutier made 34 saves.
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 Keith Primeau (1-1-2), Dan McGillis (1-1-2) and Mark Recchi (0-2-2) had two points in the Flyers' 3-0 win at Tampa Bay. Primeau also won 18 of 25 faceoffs. 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. Dan Cloutier made 31 saves.
February 24, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek made 36 saves and Kevin Weekes stopped 27 shots in a scoreless tie in Philadelphia. The result was the seventh 0-0 score 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. Within those minors, were three whistled against the Flyers (two to Todd Fedoruk and one to P.J. Stock) at the same time (none to Tampa Bay) and the Flyers held the Lightning without a shot on a 2-minute 5-on-3 advantage. Simon Gagne, who led the team with 27 goals at the time, missed the next 12 games after he suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder near the end of the second period from being slammed into the boards by Andrei Zyuzin who then punched Gagne in the face. Gagne's retaliatory punch missed and he fell on the shoulder. "The battle came one-on-one with him. I tried to grab him with my right hand, and he grabbed me first on my left. I lost it and came flat with my left shoulder, and that's when I felt my shoulder go out too far," said Gagne.
November 8, 2001 -- Brian Boucher made 22 saves and Ruslan Fedotenko and Tomas Divisek scored in Philly's 2-1 win in Tampa. First star honors went to Divisek, who was on the roster from November 5-12, and recorded the GWG, the only goal of his NHL career. Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves in the loss.
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 --Simon Gagne (1-1-2), Jeremy Roenick and John LeClair scored and Roman Cechmanek made 17 saves in Philly's 3-2 win at Tampa Bay. The Flyers killed six out of seven Lightning PPs. Philly held a 28-11 shots edge after two periods and a 32-19 shots advantage in the game.
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 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0rNhWJ9xFw ) 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypWbd9ji9Oc
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 which ended the Lightning's eight-game PO winning streak. Marcus Ragnarsson, the game's number two star, had a game-high three (0-3-3) points and six different scorers gave the Flyers a 6-0 lead. John LeClair scored 1:53 into the game, his first goal of the playoffs in his 13th game. Sami Kapanen scored a huge SHG 2:27 after Mark Recchi's PPG (which snapped an 0-for-18 skid) 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. Four Flyers' had a goal and an assist: Recchi, Kapanen, Mattias Timander and Michal Handzus. Nikolai Khababulin (8 saves, 12 shots) was replaced by John Grahame (15 saves, 17 shots). Danny Markov fought Darryl Sydor -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ8Lw3NNIQY . Donald Brashear had 27 PIMs including a fight with Chris Dingman --
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmZ2h4F25R4 ) Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mswSUht2NJ8
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. Scrum with five seconds to play -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Vvq118GiM Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HlOxBO6kHk
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 (who played just 6:19) and F Jeremy Roenick (who played just 12:44) to "upper-body injuries." Pitkanen was inserted into the lineup for the injured Marcus Ragnarsson, who broke his left index finger in Game 3. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAuIxlzXgk
May 18, 2004 -- In Game 5, Tampa Bay went 3-for-4 on PPs and Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves in a 4-2 home win. Ruslan Fedotenko's PPG followed by Brad Richards' (2-0-2) two PPGs, the last of which came three seconds into the man-advantage, gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead 7:12 into the second period. Goals by Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp within 38 seconds got Philly within 3-2 at the 9:34 mark of the middle period. The Flyers outshot the Lightning 15-6 in the last period but Tim Taylor's ENG with 15 seconds to play made it 4-2. Dave Andreychuk had two assists. TB outshot Philly 31-30 and Robert Esche made 17 saves on 18 shots in the opening period. Vladimir Malakhov had 30:09 of playing time. Joni Pitkanen did not play after sustaining a concussion in Game 4 which meant forward Sami Kapanen played on the blueline. Meanwhile, Lightning D Brad Lukowich returned after missing Games 3 and 4 with an injury. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCfIUJ9T3CI
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 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLq6pkVMlaU ) after Keith Primeau (2-2-4) tied the score with 1:49 remaining in regulation ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNkl8uX_XaU ; ). 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hgM0...eature=related
May 22, 2004 -- In Game 7, Tampa Bay advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 2-1 win as Nikolai Khababulin made 22 saves and Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards scored. Richards had a game-high eight shots on goal. Kim Johnsson scored midway into the contest for the Flyers only goal. The Lightning outshot Philly 32-23. Robert Esche made 30 saves. The Flyers' bruised blueline included Vladimir Malakhov, Danny Markov, Kim Johnsson and Mattias Timander with Dennis Seidenberg and Joni Pitkanen combining for less than 18 minutes. Highlights-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO9Ket-iQkg . SERIES RECAP: The Flyers went 1-for-26 on the PP in the series while Tampa Bay was 9-for-26. Leading scorers: Keith Primeau (4-4-8) and Michal Handzus (3-2-5) for the Flyers and Brad Richards (4-3-7), Martin St. Louis (1-6-7), Ruslan Fedotenko (6-0-6) and Vinny Lecavalier (4-2-6) for Tampa Bay. Khababulin, who was the only player to be a top three star in four games, stopped 162 of 179 shots (.905). John Grahame stopped 15 of 17 (.882). Robert Esche stopped 175 of 195 (.897) shots. Keith Primeau was a top-three star in three games.
November 14, 2005 -- Vinnie Prospal (3-1-4) had a hat trick and the GWG, and John Grahame made 22 saves in Tampa Bay's 5-2 home win. Vincent Lecavalier (0-3-3) had three assists. Peter Forsberg scored twice and the second goal tied the game 2-2.
November 22, 2005 -- Sean Burke made 30 saves and Tim Taylor and Rob DiMaio had multiple-point games in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win at Philly. 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 -- Ryan Craig scored twice and John Grahame made 28 saves in leading Tampa Bay to a 6-3 home win. Tampa Bay scored three PPGs and ended the game with a SHG. The Flyers led 1-0 but the Lightning scored the next four before the Flyers got within 4-3. 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 was not penalized). 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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkzCfYFaaEE
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 --Simon Gagne scored twice, Peter Forsberg had three assists (for the 46th time) and Robert Esche made 42 saves as the Flyers snapped two lengthy skids with a 4-3 road win. Philly entered the game losers in ten straight 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. Tampa Bay held a 45-26 shots advantage. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_jOG6fEMOA
January 30, 2007 -- Vinny Lecavalier and Brad Richards scored in the shootout and Tampa Bay recorded a 4-3 victory in Philly. The Lightning out-scored the Flyers 2-0 in the shootout, Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg missed. Johan Holmqvist made 29 saves and Martin St.Louis had two (1-1-2) points. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored SHGs in the second period. Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the final minute of the second poeriod to tie it for Tampa Bay. Forsberg and Lecavalier scored in the third period. Robert Esche made 30 saves. Todd Fedrouk and Andre Roy had a quick fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJS0OJ38TOU ).
October 25, 2007 -- Johan Holmqvist made 21 saves and Brad Richards (2-1-3) and Jan Hlavac (0-3-3) each had three points as Tampa Bay recorded a 5-2 home win. Richards and Vinny Prospal scored PPGs. Riley Cote-Andre Roy battled ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsYg0W4RWTo ). Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier fought, it was Lecavalier's second fight in two nights (he had three all season): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF-X5IZEWLg
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. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vXVxeS-kcQ . Riley Cote and Andre Roy fought: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skxLheDGsfY
February 14, 2008 --Johan Holmqvist made 27 saves and Martin St. Louis (1-2-3) had three points in the Lightning's 5-3 win at Philly. The Lightning out-scored Philly 3-0 in the middle period and had four straight goals.
February 25, 2008 -- Vinnie Prospal was traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay for Alexandre Picard and future considerations which became a 2009 2nd rounder (Richard Panik).
March 6, 2008 -- Jeff Carter (2-0-2), the game's top star, scored with 1:54 remaining in regulation and Martin Biron made 18 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 home win. Tampa Bay had won the last eight regular season games played in Philadelphia. The Flyers held a 7-2 shots advantage in the third period and 25-20 overall. Jussi Jokinen (1-1-2) gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead 0:31 into the game but goals by Daniel Briere and Carter put Philly on top 2-1 after one period. Philly played without Simon Gagne, Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul. Riley Cote, the game's #3 star, and Andre Roy fought in the first period and had a return engagement in the second period in which Roy was decked. Roy got into a heated exchange with his head coach John Tortorella 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. Roy, who was suspended three games by the NHL, was benched by Tortorella for the final twelve games of the season. Clips of the fights -- ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O83qzY4dL2E) and ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYGO1e8QFgo ). Highlights of the game -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt_PtFx5P2s
June 18, 2008 -- Vinnie Prospal was traded to Tampa Bay by Philadelphia for Nashville's 7th round choice (the Flyers chose Joacim Eriksson) in the 2008 Entry Draft and a 2009 conditional pick.
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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV4rongv3n0
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 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3EwTo9LFrw ). 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.
January 15, 2009 -- Mike Smith made 31 saves and 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. 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 (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 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dec85icuJHc and Braydon Coburn and Ryan Malone fought -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZoG_66dOU4
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). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CgLwt_gsGg
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 -- Michael Leighton improved to 7-0-1 in his return to the Flyers and Blair Betts (2-0-2) scored two goals in Philly's 4-1 home win. Betts scored twice in the final 3:05 of the third period. Simon Gagne became the 13th player to record 500 points as a Flyer, in his 626th NHL game, with a first period assist on Claude Giroux's PPG, the only tally in the first two periods. Scott Hartnell snapped a 17-game scoreless drought and made it 2-0 early in the third. Martin St. Louis got Tampa Bay's lone goal with 6:55 remaining but Betts made it 3-1 with 3:05 remaining and then added an ENG. The Flyers held a 31-18 shots advantage. Antero Niittymaki stopped 27 shots.
March 2, 2010 -- Michael Leighton made 36 saves, Mike Richards (1-3-4) had four points and Simon Gagne (2-1-3) scored two key PPGs in Philly's 7-2 victory at Tampa Bay. Gagne's two PPGs came in the opening 4:34 of the decisive third period in which the Flyers outscored the Lightning 5-0 despite being outshot 16-12. Philly scored three PPGs and killed all seven Tampa Bay advantages. Steven Stamkos scored both Lightning goals. Antero Niittymaki (25 saves, 31 shots) was replaced by Mike Smith (2 saves, 3 shots) late in the game. Daniel Carcillo fought Steve Downie -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRIJlvlM99A ; Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxvuDU5TONQ&feature=fvsr
October 14, 2010 --Dan Ellis made 24 saves and Steven Stamkos, Dominic Moore and Paval Kubina scored in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win at Philly. During the first period, a video tribute honoring ex-Flyer Simon Gagne was shown to which he later said "I wanted to cry. I had to stop watching (the video) a couple of times. A lot of emotion. Everything started here. They showed my first goal and all the big goals. It's still hard to think about. They're always going to be in my heart." Gagne, who didn't record any points, was given first star honors as a measure of appreciation for his career with the Flyers. Highlights -- http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2010020042
November 18, 2010 -- Steven Stamkos (3-1-4, third career hat trick), Martin St. Louis (0-5-5, one assist shy of the most by an opponent against the Flyers) and Nate Thompson, who scored the lone third period goal, led the Lightning to an 8-7 win at Philadelphia. The Flyers led 2-0 at the 5:03 mark with goals 42 seconds apart, then Tampa Bay scored twice in 16 seconds to make it 2-2. The Lightning ended the first period scoring 14 seconds after the Flyers went ahead 5-3. The nine goals in one period tied a Flyers' team record (done three other times) and it was the first time two NHL teams had combined for nine goals in a period since Montreal (6) and Quebec (3) on December 17, 1992. The other instances of nine goals in a period involving the Flyers: March 21, 1973 (Flyers 8, Islanders 1 in the second period); January 11, 1974 (Flyers 5, Atlanta Flames 4 in the second period) and February 25, 1984 (Hartford 5, Flyers 4 in the first period). Philly led 7-5 in the second period, the team's third two-goal lead, but Steve Downie scored 14 seconds later to make it 7-6. Stamkos' PPG with 1:01 to play in the second tied the game 7-7. It was the first NHL game since February 27, 1982 (Flyers beat Calgary 9-8) in which teams were tied 7-7 after two periods. It was the fifth regular season game in Flyers' history that both teams scored seven goals: February 28, 1990 (Flyers 7, Vancouver 7), February 25, 1984 (Hartford 9, Flyers 7), February 21, 1994 (Flyers 8, Montreal 7) and February 27, 1982 (Flyers 9, Calgary 8). Fifteen Flyers recorded a point in a game, a team-first since Feb. 23, 1988 (11-6 win at Detroit), and fourteen Lightning players had a point. Tampa Bay was 3-for-9 on PPs while the Flyers were 0-for-4. Both teams used two netminders: Sergei Bobrovsky (7 saves, 11 shots) was replaced by Brian Boucher (18 saves, 22 shots) after the first period and Dan Ellis (6 saves, 10 shots) was replaced by Mike Smith (19 saves, 22 shots) after the Flyers went ahead 4-3 in the first period. Nikolay Zherdev (2-1-3) led the Flyers' offense in just 8:59 of playing time. One goal went through the netting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpFCrf08STc . Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg918J-Z3n8&feature=fvst
February 1, 2011 -- Teddy Purcell scored twice in the opening 1:21, on the game's first two shots, and Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves to record his fourth shutout in 11 games since joining Tampa Bay and the Lightning skated to a 4-0 home win. Simon Gagne assisted on the first two goals. Sergei Bobrovsky (3 saves, 6 shots) was replaced by Brian Boucher (14 saves, 15 shots) after the first period. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUwIF3FdFVM
February 15, 2011 -- In a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers recorded a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay by winning the shootout 2-1. Kimmo Timonen scored in the seventh round then Brian Boucher, who made 24 saves, stopped Martin St. Louis to seal the victory. Dominic Moore scored in the second round, Mike Richards' do-or-die attempt tied it, then Boucher stopped Adam Hall extending the shootout. Both teams failed to score in the extended shootout until Timonen gave the Flyers the advantage. In the first period, James van Riemsdyk (1-1-2) fought Randy Jones then 29 seconds after the penalties expired scored the game's first goal. JVR completed the Gordie Howe Hat Trick when he assisted on Scott Hartnell's PPG which made it 2-1. Darroll Powe became the second (unofficially, also Simon Gagne in 2008) to score a short-handed penalty shot goal which gave the Flyers a 3-1 advantage, however, exactly two minutes later, 10:48 into the middle period, the Lightning evened the score 3-3. Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves. Tampa Bay had won nine straight games decided in an overtime or shootout Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJ2jpqqjCY
November 9, 2011 -- Brett Connolly scored 2:30 into OT in Tampa Bay's 2-1 home win. Marc-Andre Bergeron evened the score in the third period. Scott Hartnell gave Philly a 1-0 lead midway in the second period. Dwayne Roloson made 14 saves. The Lightning held a 24-15 shots advantage, including 11-5 in the third period and OT. Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves for the Flyers. Brayden Coburn fought Steve Downie early in the third period ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbzW1Calz5s ). Twice in the opening five minutes of the game, the Flyers held the puck in their defensive zone and attempted to force the Lightning to dismiss their 1-3-1 coverage; on-ice officials stopped the game and had a faceoff. Flyers' captain Chris Pronger said "That's not hockey in my book, but whatever. The league's letting them do it. Would you pay money to watch that? I wouldn't either. That was a TV game, too. Way to showcase the product. We were just waiting for them to come in. You're just being patient with the puck, force them out of their forecheck, or whatever that is. They're not forechecking technically, it's a goal-line stand." Video of the zone coverage ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEKE8QTbDTs ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Ij3T9Tm1E
December 10, 2011 -- The Flyers recorded a 5-2 home win. Claude Giroux, the NHL's leader in points, had two assists and increased his total to 39 points. Giroux, however, received an inadvertent knee to the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds late in the second period and suffered a concussion ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3AjW0Vc_AA ). Ilya Bryzgalov (14 saves, 16 shots) left the game due to a lower body injury and was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky (3 saves, 3 shots) with 13:01 to play. Simmons, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere each had a goal and an assist. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mmqZq7Jteo
December 27, 2011 -- at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. ET
March 26, 2012 -- at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. ET (VERSUS, TSN2)
We're actually having my work christmas party in a club box at this game tomorrow. I'm not even in the building and its already the best christmas party i ever scene. we best be winnin this one suckas! I see Downie/Meszaros: case of the crazies part 2?
AC/DC ceased to exist the day Bon Scott died. Ok that may be a bit harsh. AC/DC ceased to exist after Back in Black.
Did Couturier get moved up to the 3rd line? I see he's switched with Talbot. Not sure if that's just something they did at practice or what. Didn't notice him on the 3rd line on Thursday.
I switched Talbot back to the third line for the lines above.
It's always tough replacing a legend but Brian Johnson did a good job. There was a noticeable absence when Phil Rudd was replaced by Chris Slade as heard in the clip. Not equal to Keith Moon-Kenney Jones but Rudd was meant to be in AC/DC.