A string of second period goals Saturday propelled host Philadelphia Flyers past Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, in a Eastern Conference contest at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers (18-7-3, 39 points) improved their current winning streak to five games and remain atop of the Atlantic Division standings.
Trailing 1-0 after one period, Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Simmonds each netted second-period goals, respectively, to help Philadelphia earn a 3-1 advantage. Simmonds' seventh goal of the season, which came on a power-play and gave the Flyers a two-goal margin with 5:11 to play, ended up being the game-winner.
Briere, who scored just 2:38 into the second period also tallied an assist on Matt Carle's third period goal, earned the game's three-star honors. Jagr, who netted a goal 34 seconds after Briere and earned an assists, was given one-star honors, while Simmonds, who was credited with an apple on Briere's goal, earned two-star honors.
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov saved 14-of-16 shots for Philadelphia, which out-shot Tampa Bay, 32-19.