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Stephane Richer scored two first-period goals and Corey Schwab made 36 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Friday night.

"We wanted to come out and definitely not get embarrassed," Schwab said. "We came out and obviously played one of the better games of the year."

Maybe if Tampa Bay played like this more often, they wouldn't be up for sale. Art Williams is expected to sell the Lightning to Detroit Pistons owner William Davidson early next week.

The win was Tampa Bay's first over the Flyers since February 20, 1997, ending an 0-7-3 run.

"We showed 17,000 people we can play great hockey against one of the top teams in the league," said Tampa Bay coach Jacques Demers. "Corey Schwab played a great game. He would make one save and he wouldn't have to make another one. We did a great job of getting the puck out of there."

Pavel Kubina, Sandy McCarthy and Richer scored for the Lightning to help Demers move past Punch Imlach into 11th place on the NHL's career victory list at 403.

"The last four games we've been playing with confidence," Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier said. "The chances we got, we buried. It's just a matter of confidence."

Eric Desjardins scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who are slumping right now. Philadelphia is 2-6-2 in the last ten games.

"I think sometimes we think we're going to win and sometimes we have to overcome," John LeClair said. "There's no problems with this team, we're just not playing the way we're supposed to be playing. Right now, we haven't played with any enthusiasm. We have to get out of a slump like this."

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