posted on May, 15 2004 @ 05:05 PM
Flyers win to pull 2-2
Keith Primeau is playing his best when the games matter most.
Primeau scored one short-handed goal and set up another, leading the Philadelphia Flyers past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday to tie the
Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.
Mark Recchi and John LeClair also scored for the Flyers, who improved to 7-1 at home this postseason.
Fredrik Modin and Vincent Lecavalier had goals for the Lightning, who lost for the first time in six road playoff games.
Game 5 is Tuesday night in Tampa.
Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 19,872 that was decked in orange T-shirts reading, "Orange Crush," the Flyers scored two goals in a span of 1½
minutes to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Robert Esche, coming off a poor outing in which he allowed two soft goals, stopped 28 shots, helping the Flyers overcome seven power plays for the
Lecavalier scored a power-play goal with 32.9 seconds left, but Primeau helped the Flyers control the puck the final 30 seconds.
Left off Canada's roster announced Saturday for the World Cup of Hockey, Primeau has been perhaps the NHL's best player in the playoffs, scoring seven
goals and adding four assists in 15 games.
The Flyers' captain scored three goals to lead Philadelphia to a 7-2 victory over Toronto in Game 5, and he's been a dominant physical force
throughout the postseason.
Just 33 seconds after Vladimir Malakhov went to the penalty box for crosschecking, Primeau gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead midway through the second
period. Catching the puck in the Flyers' zone after Dave Andreychuk turned it over, Primeau put it down, broke in with Simon Gagne, forced defenseman
Dan Boyle to slide toward Gagne and wristed a shot past Nikolai Khabibulin and just under the crossbar.
Recchi had made it 2-1 with 1:40 left in the first period, deflecting a slap shot by Mattias Timander off Khabibulin's glove and into the net.
Soon after the Flyers killed off consecutive penalties, LeClair tied it at 1 with his second goal in three games. Primeau set it up by picking up a
loose puck along the left boards, skating in and dropping a perfect pass for LeClair, who one-timed it past Khabibulin.
Tampa Bay's Modin opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. Less than a minute after Gagne received a double-minor for
high-sticking, Modin put in a rebound off a slap shot by Pavel Kubina.