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Lightning beat Flyers 6-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are becoming quite comfortable on the road, even in the toughest buildings.

Valtteri Filppula scored the go-ahead goal during a wild second period and the Lightning beat the Flyers 6-3 Saturday afternoon to snap Philadelphia's 10-game home winning streak.

Ryan Malone had two goals, Alex Killorn, Teddy Purcell, and Martin St. Louis also scored goals for the Lightning, who moved into a tie with Boston for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Jakub Voracek had two goals and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers, who were 7-1 in their previous eight games. The Flyers hadn't lost at home since Nov. 5 against Carolina.

The Lightning went 0-5-2 on the road between Nov. 16 and Dec. 14. But they're 7-1 since then.

"When we lost seven in a row, we had some adversity, but we had some guys injured and those were tough buildings to play in," St. Louis said.

Goaltender Steve Mason had his worst game for Philadelphia, allowing five goals for the first time in 41 games with the team since being acquired last April. He was pulled for Ray Emery after the second period.

"I wasn't very good," Mason said.

It wasn't entirely his fault.

"We left Mase out to dry," captain Claude Giroux said, alluding to several turnovers that resulted into three goals on odd-man rushes.

After a quiet first period in which Killorn scored the only goal, the teams combined for seven in a defenseless, wide-open second.

Just 66 seconds after Voracek's second goal tied it at 3, Filppula scored his 18th goal on backhander off a rebound to give the Lightning the lead for good.

St. Louis fired a shot past Mason for his 20th goal with 57 seconds left in the period to give Tampa its third, two-goal lead. They held onto this one.

"You try to prepare the best you can to help the team win and to score 20 goals is something I'm proud of," said St. Louis, who has accomplished that 10 times in his career.

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