Purcell, St. Louis key Tampa Bay's 5-1 win
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting offensive help from throughout the lineup.
Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists, Martin St. Louis contributed four assists, and the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Sunday night.
"We know what's the right way," St. Louis said. "I thought tonight we played the right way."
Tampa Bay also got goals from Eric Brewer, Vincent Lecavalier, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos. St. Louis has eight assists and 11 points this season.
"We're spreading the offense pretty good right now," Stamkos said. "We're not forcing things to certain players. We're making the right play."
The Lightning continued their season-long domination of the third period — outscoring opponents 13-1 — with goals by Hedman and Stamkos.
Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers, who were coming off a 7-1 win at Florida on Saturday night. Backup goalie Michael Leighton played in his first NHL game since appearing in two playoff games for the Flyers in 2011.
"They had a step on us," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "They were a more rested team with better jump tonight than we were. We had moments and opportunities where we could have scored, but when you play tight defensive teams, it takes a lot of energy to try and create offense. We didn't generate enough."
Purcell tied it at 1 on the power play at 14:34 of the first.
Brewer made it 2-1 on his third goal this season, a slap shot from above the right circle with 3:50 left in the first. The defenseman had one goal in 82 games last season.
The Lightning converted another power play for a 3-1 lead when Lecavalier scored from the right circle 65 seconds before the first intermission.
St. Louis assisted on all three first-period Tampa Bay goals.
After Hedman had a rebound goal 58 seconds into the third, Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 5-1 advantage with 7:31 to play.