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NHL: Flyers beat Lightning 4-3


Daniel Briere, right, of the Philadelphia Flyers gets his stick tangled in the jersey of Adam Hall of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Mike Richards scored two goals, including the winner 2:05 into overtime, as the Philadelphia Flyers sent the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth straight loss with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday.

The Lightning missed an opportunity to win with 16.3 seconds left in regulation when Ryan Malone was awarded a penalty shot, but he pushed the attempt wide. During a breakaway, Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell threw his glove at the puck to set up the penalty shot.

Jeff Carter scored the other two Philadelphia goals and added an assist for the Flyers, who had won six straight before dropping their previous two games. Richards netted the Flyers’ NHL-leading 10th short-handed goal.

Vaclav Prospal and Mark Recchi had goals for the Lightning, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games.


At Washington, Radek Dvorak, Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell had a goal and an assist each as Florida downed Washington.

Nicklas Backstrom’s power-play goal gave Washington a 1-0 first-period lead. His pass banged off Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s foot and in with 4:03 left.

Peltonen tied it at 6:19 of the second period, and Bouwmeester was credited with the go-ahead goal when Washington’s David Steckel’s pass hit teammate Karl Alzner’s skate in front and went between Jose Theodore’s pads.

The Panthers made it 3-1 when Bryan McCabe’s shot deflected off Washington defenseman Shaone Morrisonn and in with 7:51 left in the second period.

Craig Anderson, who has the best save percentage in the NHL, stopped 23 saves and earned his second straight win.


At Montreal, Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 5:11 remaining and Montreal recovered from blowing a three-goal lead earlier in the third period to beat Atlanta.

Kostitsyn helped set up two of Montreal’s first three goals as the Canadiens carried a 3-0 lead into the third.

Ron Hainsey scored twice as Atlanta netted three goals in less than a minute to erase their 3-0 deficit 7:27 into the third. The Thrashers broke two franchise records for fastest goals.

They scored three times within 59 seconds, including two goals seven seconds apart by Hainsey and Chris Thorburn.

Robert Lang scored into an empty net at 18:45 to increase the lead to 5-3, but Justin Williams scored with goalie Johan Hedberg pulled at 19:40.

Matt D’Agostini scored his first NHL goal in the first period and Price stopped 22 shots for Montreal. Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov added goals in the second.

In other games, it was:

• Coyotes 4, Kings 2

• Stars 3, Flames 1

Sharks 5, Maple Leafs 2

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