Tampa Bay Lightning
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Philadelphia
Flyers
22-48-12

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game recap

Lightning 5, Flyers 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:17 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 5, Flyers 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

scoring summary
1st Period
10:39
TBL
Martin St. Louis (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (6), Dimitri Afanasenkov (3)
1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
07:27
TBL
Martin St. Louis (9) Tip-in - ASST: Luke Richardson (3), Vincent Lecavalier (7)
2 - 0 TBL
18:10
TBL
Tim Taylor (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Richards (8), Ruslan Fedotenko (5)
3 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
11:20
PHI
R.J. Umberger (2) Snap shot - ASST: Kyle Calder (1)
3 - 1 TBL
11:41
PHI
Randy Jones (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Simon Gagne (3), Geoff Sanderson (4)
3 - 2 TBL
18:26
TBL
EN - Vincent Lecavalier (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (4)
4 - 2 TBL
19:03
TBL
SHG - EN - Eric Perrin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:57
TBL
Dan Boyle  Hooking against  Kyle Calder
06:14
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Eric Perrin
16:10
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Slashing against  Ben Eager
2nd Period
18:10
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
01:02
PHI
Geoff Sanderson  Hooking against  Dan Boyle
12:25
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Hooking against  Nolan Pratt
15:50
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Hi-sticking against  Nolan Pratt
15:50
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Unsportsmanlike conduct
15:50
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Misconduct (10 min) against  Nolan Pratt
17:57
TBL
Johan Holmqvist  Hi-sticking against  Simon Gagne
18:38
TBL
Brad Richards  Tripping against  Sami Kapanen
goalie stats
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .938SH: 3 - 3
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 27TOI: 59:02
Saves: 24EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0