TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have put themselves in position for home-ice in their opening playoff round against Montreal.
Richard Panik, Eric Brewer and Steven Stamkos had third-period goals to help the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Thursday night.
Tyler Johnson had the other goal for Tampa Bay, which moved within a point of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division. If the Lightning win their last two games, they will clinch the Atlantic's runner-up spot.
"To have the ability to win out and get home ice, that's what you want," Stamkos said. "You want to play meaningful games down the stretch. Obviously, we were proud to get into the playoffs, but it would be icing on the cake to get home ice. It's in our hands."
Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored for the playoff-bound Flyers, who are tied for third in the Metropolitan Division with Columbus.
"I thought we were up today," Philadelphia coach Craig Berube said. "I thought we competed real hard. The first five minutes, we turned the puck over a couple of times and they ended up getting a goal. But other than that, I liked the way we played tonight. We didn't finish, in my opinion, good enough."
Anders Lindback played in place of injured Tampa Bay starting goalie Ben Bishop, who may not be ready for the start of the playoff series next week against Montreal due to an upper-body injury. Bishop, 37-14-7 this season, left Tuesday night's game against Toronto early in the first period after it appeared he hurt his left elbow.
Lindback stopped 34 shots, including a glove save on Tye McGinn's in-close rebound with 8 minutes left in the first. He came off the bench Tuesday and made 25 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs.
"It's a great opportunity for him, and he's seizing the moment," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.