Prospal, Jokinen score; Lightning beat Flyers 2-1

November 8, 2008 6:58:43 PM PST
Vaclav Prospal and Jussi Jokinen scored second-period goals to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Mike Smith made 34 saves for the Lightning, who ended a two-game losing streak. They played the third game of a five-game road trip, with games ahead at Washington and Florida.

Danny Briere's goal in his first game back since abdominal surgery couldn't spark the Flyers. Philadelphia lost its third straight and has scored only goal in each of the last two games.

The Flyers played one of their most energetic and effective first periods of the season, only to fizzle in the next two. Briere scored in the first during a two-man advantage, but the Flyers wasted another short one in the third and the Lightning were on their way to their 14th win against Philadelphia in 17 games.

In an odd twist, defenseman Matt Carle played for the Flyers and Steve Eminger was in the lineup for Tampa Bay a day after they were traded for each other. The teams also exchanged draft picks, and the Lightning acquired forward Steve Downie. Downie was assigned to the AHL.

Eminger left Philadelphia with a new team and another win on his former home ice.

Former Flyers forward Mark Recchi fed Jokinen, who snapped the puck past Martin Biron to make it 1-1 early into the second.

Prospal, who finished last season with the Flyers and helped them reach the Eastern Conference finals, took advantage of a 3-on-1 rush during Philadelphia's line change and scored the go-ahead goal.

Biron had 20 saves.

The Flyers went 1-for-5 on the power play - they missed on their final four chances - a miserable number against a Tampa Bay defense that entered with the second worst road penalty kill in the NHL (8-for-25).

Briere wasted little time making an impact only two weeks after he had surgery to fix a torn abdominal muscle. Originally expected to miss three to four weeks, Briere was back on the ice and centered the first line with Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne.

Adam Hall was whistled for interference, and defenseman Marek Malik also was penalized, giving the Flyers the 5-on-3 edge. Mike Richards' shot from the top of the right circle bounced off Smith to Knuble, who made a quick cross-ice pass to Briere for his fourth goal and a 1-0 lead.

The Flyers recorded 18 shots in the first period before their offense fell flat. They had only five in the second and just one through the first 10 minutes of the third period. Philadelphia put pressure on Smith in the final minutes of the final period, but the goalie held up strong in his fourth straight start.

Notes: RW Martin St. Louis played in his 552nd career game with Tampa Bay, tying him with Brad Richards for second on the franchise list. ... The Flyers are 2-4-1 at home. ... The Flyers entered with the third best power play in the NHL.


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