Lightning Push Flyers On Edge

May 18, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Brad Richards scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 to take a three games to two lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

"The whole team really came out exceptionally hard and relentless in the first period. We played with a lot more desperation and passion," Richards said. "That got everybody going. It so happened I scored two goals, but it was a big effort by everybody."

"They have scored (five) power-play goals the last two games, so that's obviously a concern, and we haven't," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The difference in the hockey game was they won the special teams games, then we couldn't finish on all the point-blank chances we had in the second and third periods."

Game 6 is Thursday night in Philadelphia.

"Of course we want to try to finish it, but I think some other people over there in Philly have some other idea about it," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I think it's just been a fantastic series."

"We will be confident," Flyers captain Keith Primeau said. "Obviously we would have preferred to be going home up 3-2, but we're not. We just have to prepare and focus for Game 6. We have to win one game. That's what we will focus on for the next two days."

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