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Flyers 4, Lightning 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Flyers 4, Lightning 3, SO
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Not even Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos or head coach Guy Boucher could express disappointment following a hard-fought 4-3 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night.

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After climbing back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game and guarantee a much-needed point by sending the contest into overtime, they simply didn’t have to.

“That’s a top team and we didn’t lose to those guys in regulation this season,” Boucher said. “They’re a powerhouse in our conference, they’re leading the league and we had two injuries during the game of guys who kept playing. I’m extremely proud of our guys.”

Dominic Moore scored in second round of the shootout for Tampa Bay, but a pair of goals by the Flyers’ Mike Richards and the game-winner from Kimmo Timonen in the seventh round wrapped up a four-game season series between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia’s first win in three tries this season against the Lightning.

Moore also had a regulation goal, and Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell scored for Tampa Bay, who trails the Flyers by five points for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Brian Boucher made 24 saves for Philadelphia, who has won six of its last eight overall games.

“It was a big win for us,” the Philadelphia net minder said. “That’s a team we hadn’t beaten all year, that’s a good team, so we were happy to get a win against them.”

James van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell and Darroll Powe each had goals for the Flyers. Philadelphia improved to 18-6-3 on the road this season.

van Riemsdyk made it 1-0 from the slot at 12:42, beating Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who turned back 26 of 29 shots.

The Flyers are 27-3-2 when scoring the game’s first goal this season.

Moore’s 10th of the season tied it to open the second period after he took a pass from Adam Hall off a Flyers turnover and bounced a shot off a defenseman before it redirected past Boucher just 59 seconds in.

Stamkos went to the box after being called from behind in pursuit of Powe as he raced through the slot on a breakaway. He put the Flyers up by two after cashing in a penalty shot high over the shoulder of Roloson just 1:15 after Hartnell made it 2-1.

“I thought our team definitely picked it up as the game went on and it was definitely a hard-fought game,” van Riemsdyk said.

Lecavalier cut the deficit in half on the power play at 9:55, and Purcell drew Tampa Bay even at three less than a minute later, beating Boucher from the left circle.

“We fought back and tied the game,” Stamkos said. “I didn’t think we deserved to lose that game, but neither did they. I thought we played a really solid game.”

Mike Vernace, recalled from Tampa Bay’s top AHL affiliate in Norfolk, recorded an assist on the game-tying goal that gave him his first career NHL point.

Lecavalier has five goals in his last four games after scoring just one over a 16-game stretch. His four-game goal streak is the first since Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2007.

There was much solace in the overall success the Lightning had against the Flyers throughout the season, gaining seven out of a possible eight points against one of the league’s top-seeded teams.

The Lightning had taken each of the previous three matchups, including the last at home, a 4-0 shutout.

Stamkos thought the success could carry over into a strong playoff push down the stretch.

“It definitely brings us confidence,” he added. “I think we’ve established ourselves as a team who has been hungry all year and who isn’t going to quit, no matter what the circumstances are. We were proud to lose in this effort tonight.”

scoring summary
1st Period
James van Riemsdyk (13) ASST: Claude Giroux (33), Jeff Carter (24)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
Dominic Moore (10) ASST: Adam Hall (6)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Scott Hartnell (18) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (13), Andrej Meszaros (16)
2 - 1 PHI
SHG - PS - Darroll Powe (5) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 PHI
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (13) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (3), Martin St. Louis (47)
3 - 2 PHI
Teddy Purcell (12) ASST: Pavel Kubina (17), Michael Vernace (1)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1D. BriereV. Hedman
2C. GirouxD. Moore
3M. RichardsA. Hall
4K. VersteegS. Gagne
5J. CarterV. Lecavalier
6V. LeinoS. Stamkos
7K. TimonenM. St. Louis
penalty summary
1st Period
James van Riemsdyk  Fighting (maj) against  Randy Jones
Randy Jones  Fighting (maj) against  James van Riemsdyk
Daniel Briere  Hooking against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Mike Richards
Sean O'Donnell  Boarding against  Steve Downie
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Claude Giroux
James van Riemsdyk  Tripping against  Steve Downie
Mike Richards  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
Mike Richards  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos  Roughing against  Mike Richards
3rd Period
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Scott Hartnell
OT Period
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
Saves: 24EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 4