PHILADELPHIA – Brad Richards and Dan Boyle scored within a 1:26 span late in the second period to break open a tie game and lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Martin Cibak and Tim Taylor each had a goal and an assist, and Rob DiMaio had two assists for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay (11-9-3) has won three straight and four of five including a 5-2 victory over the Flyers in their only other meeting this season on Nov. 14.

R.J. Umberger and Jon Sim scored for the Flyers, who have dropped four of five.

Richards gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at 15:35 of the second period when he one-timed a rebound of a shot by Fredrik Modin from between the circles.

Boyle took Rob DiMaio’s cross-ice pass and scored from the right circle at 17:01 to make it a two-goal advantage for Tampa Bay.

Taylor’s scored during a scramble at the goal mouth at 6:25 of the third period to extend the Lightning lead to 4-1. Jon Sim got the Flyers closer at 13:15 on a give-and-go with Michael Handzus on a power play.

Cibak put the Lightning ahead 1-0 at 4:14 of the first period, flipping the puck in from the slot after taking a centering pass from Taylor. It was Taylor’s first assist of the season.

Umberger tied it at 12:16 of the period when he scored his first NHL goal on a wraparound. The puck kicked off the stick and skate of Lightning goaltender Sean Burke, who stopped 30 shots.

Notes: Tampa Bay C Vaclav Prospal’s franchise-best 13 game scoring streak (8-13-21) ended. … Philadelphia C Peter Forsberg played in his 600th NHL game. … Flyers D Eric Desjardins returned after missing eight games with a concussion. … Philadelphia LW Brian Savage (sprained knee) and D Dennis Seidenberg (broken right wrist) were scratched. … Lightning LW Chris Dingman was a healthy scratch. … Tampa Bay, which eliminated Philadelphia in the 2004 Eastern Conference finals, have won six straight regular-season games from the Flyers. … Both of Cibak’s goals this season were scored against Philadelphia.

AP-ES-11-22-05 2151EST


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