PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) — Captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter
each scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3
overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
Richards scored on the power play just over two minutes into the
extra session off a nice backhand feed from defenseman Kimmo
Timonen to give the Flyers their seventh win in nine games.
Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead early in the third period when
Carter scored a power-play goal at 4:36. But Tampa Bay
Vaclav Prospal answered 21 seconds later and fellow former Flyer
Steve Downie netted his first tally of the season with 4:35 to
go, burying a rebound that goaltender Martin Biron was unable to
“I haven’t scored in a while, so it was nice to get a goal,”
Downie said. “I made a chip out of the zone, then we had an
odd-man rush. We made a good shot and then I just pounced on
the rebound there.”
Tampa Bay had a chance to win with 16 seconds left, when Ryan
Malone was awarded a penalty shot. After losing his stick,
Scott Hartnell threw his glove in the direction of Malone, who
was skating in on a breakaway.
Biron made a pad save on Malone’s attempt, taking Hartnell off
the hook and setting up Richards’ heroics.
“I was thinking that it would be nice to score and get this
thing turned around,” Malone said. “On the breakaway, Marty
made a good save. On the penalty shot, I just tried to drag it
across a little bit and throw back against the grain, and I got
a piece of him. It was a situation as a player that you want to
be in. You wanted to have a different result. It was my
responsibility to put it in the back of the net.”
“We could breathe when Marty made the save,” Richards said. “He
made two big saves, the first one on the breakaway, and then on
the penalty shot. He stood tall, and Scott is definitely going
to hear it.”
For his part, Malone did not use Hartnell’s glove-throwing
antics as an excuse for not converting his breakaway chance.
“I just tried to go through (Biron’s) legs there,” Malone said.
“I knew that (Hartnell) didn’t have his stick there and he
wasn’t going to be able to do anything if he caught me.”
“It was just a desperation play,” Hartnell said. “I threw the
glove, and looking back, it was kind of stupid. Marty came up
huge and basically won us the game there on that penalty shot.”
Malone also played a part in the overtime, and again, it left
him looking for a different result. He was called for
goaltender interference after bumping Biron, and the Flyers
converted on the 4-on-3 power play to win the game.
“I don’t know why the ref would think that I would run the
goalie,” Malone said. “I just tried to put some pressure on him
and got bumped into him. I even fell back. The refs see what
they see, and that’s the way it goes.”
Carter opened the scoring with a power-play goal just under
three minutes into the game. Timonen had the puck at the left
point and fed a pass to Carter, who took two strides into the
left faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot that beat netminder
Mike Smith high to the glove side.
Former Flyer Mark Recchi answered with a power-play tally of his
own nine minutes later.
Jussi Jokinen dished the puck to Recchi, who was stationed in
front of the net. Recchi’s first shot was stopped, but the
rebound came right back to him and he was able to put it under
Hartnell picked up an assist on Carter’s second goal. It was
the 18th tally of the season for Carter, tying him with
Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek for the league lead.
Biron made 34 saves for Philadelphia, while Smith stopped 28
shots for Tampa Bay, which has lost five straight.
“When you are losing, it gets contagious,” said Lightning
interim coach Rick Tocchet, whose team fell to 1-3-4 since he
took over for the fired Barry Melrose on November 14. “So you
need some kind of break to get some kind of winning streak. It
seems like we’re up or tied and we’re waiting for something bad
to happen instead on being the leader, taking the puck and
holding it and taking a hit to make a play.”