Flyers' Free Fall Hits Five Games

Last-place Tampa Bay shames former Atlantic leaders in 5-3 setback
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 10:20 PM CST
Flyers' Free Fall Hits Five Games
Tampa Bay Lightning's Jason Ward, center, with teammates after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Flyers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 in Philadelphia. The Lightning won 5-3. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)   (Associated Press)

The Tampa Bay Lightning, sold to new owners earlier in the day, responded by shellacking the lackadaisical Flyers, who lost their fifth straight game. Philadelphia's Martin Biron allowed three goals in the decisive second stanza. Defensive lapses in the first and third—namely turnovers behind the net—allowed Tampa to add two more.

Philadelphia's skid has dropped them from first to third place in the competitive Atlantic Division. Martin St. Louis was the hero for Tampa, tallying three points on a second-period goal and two assists. The Lightning began the evening in last place in the East, but they've won four of five; their new ownership group is led by LA mogul Oren Koules. (Read more NHL stories.)

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