Flyers beat Lightning in shoot-out

The Flyers' Jeff Carter is sent flying by the Lightning's Sean Bergenheim in front of goalie Dwayne Roloson.
The Flyers' Jeff Carter is sent flying by the Lightning's Sean Bergenheim in front of goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Posted: February 16, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette didn't like the terminology, but many of his players called Tuesday night's showdown against Tampa Bay a statement game.

And the Flyers made a statement with a thrilling 4-3 shoot-out win over the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum, increasing their Eastern Conference lead to five points over second-place Tampa Bay.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen, on a deft backhand-forehand move, scored the game-winner in the seventh round of the shoot-out, beating goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Timonen kidded that he was the last player left to be used, but Laviolette said he felt good when he called the veteran's number.

"We're actually really confident with him," Laviolette said. "In practice, he's always one of the guys hanging around and he has that move. I thought he went in and did a great job. He went in fast and then really controlled his pace."

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was brilliant in the shoot-out, stopping six of seven shots. He has stopped 11 of 14 in shoot-outs this season.

Boucher admitted he never studied goalie coach Jeff Reese's scouting report on Tampa players' shoot-out tendencies. It didn't look that way, however.

Mike Richards also scored in the shoot-out for the Flyers, who earlier squandered a 3-1 lead.

The Flyers avoided what would have been their fourth loss to Tampa Bay. They finished the regular season 1-3 against the Lightning, possible playoff opponents.

"For confidence purposes, it's nice to get a win against them," said Boucher, who was serenaded with "Boosh" chants by Flyers fans in Tampa.

Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk had what has become commonly known as a Gordie Howe hat trick - a fight, a goal, and an assist.

In the overtime, Roloson stopped Claude Giroux in close, and Boucher turned aside Steven Stamkos' backhander - the teams' best chances in the extra session.

The Flyers, coming off Sunday's 1-0 loss to Los Angeles, entered the night in their worst offensive funk of their so-far superb season: eight goals in their last five nights.

The addition of right winger Kris Versteeg, they hoped, would help jump-start the attack against a depleted Lightning lineup.

"My heart was beating pretty quickly out there," said Versteeg, who began the night on a line with Richards and Andreas Nodl. "Once things settled down and the heart started beating a little slower, I felt quite a bit better."

Tampa Bay was missing three key players who were sidelined with injuries: forwards Ryan Malone and Nate Thompson, and Mike Lundin, the team's best stay-at-home defenseman.

Some dirty work by Jeff Carter in the first period helped set up the game's first goal, van Riemsdyk's first tally in six games.

Carter won a scrum for the puck and fed Giroux, who, from behind the goal line, fed van Riemsdyk in the left circle. The sophomore winger beat Roloson to the right corner, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead with 7:18 left in the period.

Earlier in the first, van Riemsdyk was in his first NHL fight, an even matchup against former Flyer Randy Jones. Van Riemsdyk was sticking up for Giroux, who took a spill from a Jones hip check.

"You don't like seeing a guy on your team like G getting hit like that," van Riemsdyk said. "I know anyone on our team would stick up for a teammate, and I just felt like it was my turn to get in there."

The Flyers held a 1-0 lead after one period despite being outshot, 12-4. Boucher continued to shine. He took the league's seventh-best goals-against average (2.25) into the game.

The Lightning tied it 59 seconds into the second period as Dominic Moore's right-circle shot appeared to deflect off the skate of defenseman Andrej Meszaros and past Boucher.

A short time later, Tampa Bay killed a Stamkos penalty. That made the Flyers' power play 0 for 13 against the Lightning this season.

With 12:27 left in the second, however, the Flyers ended their power-play drought against the Lightning as Scott Hartnell deflected a van Riemsdyk shot past Roloson to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

They increased the lead to 3-1 as Darroll Powe scored on a penalty shot after being tripped by Stamkos on a shorthanded breakaway. It was just Powe's second goal in his last 38 games.

"I usually try to go backhand, but I saw the blocker was kind of opened, so I just snapped it home," Powe said after the Flyers' first penalty-shot goal since Danny Briere did it against Montreal on Feb. 13 last year. "It's a pretty cool feeling."


Contact staff writer Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BroadStBull.

 

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