Richards, Carter lift Flyers past Lightning

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PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter

each scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3

overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Richards scored on the power play just over two minutes into the

extra session off a nice backhand feed from defenseman Kimmo

Timonen to give the Flyers their seventh win in nine games.

Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead early in the third period when

Carter scored a power-play goal at 4:36. But Tampa Bay

responded quickly.

Vaclav Prospal answered 21 seconds later and fellow former Flyer

Steve Downie netted his first tally of the season with 4:35 to

go, burying a rebound that goaltender Martin Biron was unable to

corral.

"I haven't scored in a while, so it was nice to get a goal,"

Downie said. "I made a chip out of the zone, then we had an

odd-man rush. We made a good shot and then I just pounced on

the rebound there."

Tampa Bay had a chance to win with 16 seconds left, when Ryan

Malone was awarded a penalty shot. After losing his stick,

Scott Hartnell threw his glove in the direction of Malone, who

was skating in on a breakaway.

Biron made a pad save on Malone's attempt, taking Hartnell off

the hook and setting up Richards' heroics.

"I was thinking that it would be nice to score and get this

thing turned around," Malone said. "On the breakaway, Marty

made a good save. On the penalty shot, I just tried to drag it

across a little bit and throw back against the grain, and I got

a piece of him. It was a situation as a player that you want to

be in. You wanted to have a different result. It was my

responsibility to put it in the back of the net."

"We could breathe when Marty made the save," Richards said. "He

made two big saves, the first one on the breakaway, and then on

the penalty shot. He stood tall, and Scott is definitely going

to hear it."

For his part, Malone did not use Hartnell's glove-throwing

antics as an excuse for not converting his breakaway chance.

"I just tried to go through (Biron's) legs there," Malone said.

"I knew that (Hartnell) didn't have his stick there and he

wasn't going to be able to do anything if he caught me."

"It was just a desperation play," Hartnell said. "I threw the

glove, and looking back, it was kind of stupid. Marty came up

huge and basically won us the game there on that penalty shot."

Malone also played a part in the overtime, and again, it left

him looking for a different result. He was called for

goaltender interference after bumping Biron, and the Flyers

converted on the 4-on-3 power play to win the game.

"I don't know why the ref would think that I would run the

goalie," Malone said. "I just tried to put some pressure on him

and got bumped into him. I even fell back. The refs see what

they see, and that's the way it goes."

Carter opened the scoring with a power-play goal just under

three minutes into the game. Timonen had the puck at the left

point and fed a pass to Carter, who took two strides into the

left faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot that beat netminder

Mike Smith high to the glove side.

Former Flyer Mark Recchi answered with a power-play tally of his

own nine minutes later.

Jussi Jokinen dished the puck to Recchi, who was stationed in

front of the net. Recchi's first shot was stopped, but the

rebound came right back to him and he was able to put it under

Biron.

Hartnell picked up an assist on Carter's second goal. It was

the 18th tally of the season for Carter, tying him with

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek for the league lead.

Biron made 34 saves for Philadelphia, while Smith stopped 28

shots for Tampa Bay, which has lost five straight.

"When you are losing, it gets contagious," said Lightning

interim coach Rick Tocchet, whose team fell to 1-3-4 since he

took over for the fired Barry Melrose on November 14. "So you

need some kind of break to get some kind of winning streak. It

seems like we're up or tied and we're waiting for something bad

to happen instead on being the leader, taking the puck and

holding it and taking a hit to make a play."

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