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Purcell, St. Louis key Tampa Bay's 5-1 win
TAMPA BAY 5, PHILADELPHIA 1
By MARK DIDTLER
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting offensive
help from throughout the lineup.
Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists, Martin St. Louis
contributed four assists, and the Lightning beat the
Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Sunday night.
"We know what's the right way," St. Louis said. "I thought
tonight we played the right way."
Tampa Bay also got goals from Eric Brewer, Vincent Lecavalier,
Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos. St. Louis has eight assists
and 11 points this season.
"We're spreading the offense pretty good right now," Stamkos
said. "We're not forcing things to certain players. We're making
the right play."
The Lightning continued their season-long domination of the
third period - outscoring opponents 13-1 - with goals by Hedman
Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers, who were coming off a 7-1
win at Florida on Saturday night. Backup goalie Michael Leighton
played in his first NHL game since appearing in two playoff
games for the Flyers in 2011.
"They had a step on us," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said.
"They were a more rested team with better jump tonight than we
were. We had moments and opportunities where we could have
scored, but when you play tight defensive teams, it takes a lot
of energy to try and create offense. We didn't generate enough."
Purcell tied it at 1 on the power play at 14:34 of the first.
Brewer made it 2-1 on his third goal this season, a slap shot
from above the right circle with 3:50 left in the first. The
defenseman had one goal in 82 games last season.
The Lightning converted another power play for a 3-1 lead when
Lecavalier scored from the right circle 65 seconds before the
St. Louis assisted on all three first-period Tampa Bay goals.
After Hedman had a rebound goal 58 seconds into the third,
Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 5-1 advantage with 7:31 to play.
"When you get a little confidence going, as our offensive
players have right now, you try to run with it," Stamkos said.
"We know, once we get on a roll, we're a tough team to beat."
Couturier put the Flyers up 1-0 just 59 seconds into the game
when his shot from the corner along the goal line eluded goalie
"You saw that goal, it's something that shouldn't go in," Tampa
Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "Then right after, he just made some
crazy saves. At some point he just shuts the door, and that's
the mark of great goaltenders."
Lindback finished with 24 saves. Leighton stopped 21 shots.
The Flyers went 0 for 6 on the power play, and could generate
just one quality scoring chance during a 4-minute first-period
man advantage after taking the 1-0 lead.
"I don't know if it was so much them or if it was us,"
Philadelphia right wing Wayne Simmonds said. "We didn't get too
many shots through. They blocked a lot of shots tonight. I think
we could have been better. We didn't get anything going there."
Notes: Lecavalier also had a first-period fight with Flyers D
Luke Schenn. It was Lecavalier's first fighting major since Feb.
3, 2009. ... Philadelphia is sending C Scott Laughton, taken
20th overall in the 2012 amateur draft, back to Oshawa of the
Ontario Hockey League. He was pointless in five games with the
Flyers this season. ... Stamkos, who also had an assist,
extended his season-opening point streak to five game. He has
seven assists and 10 points overall. ... Lightning D Sami Salo
had two assists.
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