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Lightning top Flyers on the road, 6-3

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Published:   |   Updated: January 12, 2014 at 01:38 PM

PHILADELPHIA — One-on-one, down low in the defensive zone, Radko Gudas battled Claude Giroux, pushing the Flyers captain off the puck on four different occasions. Gudas eventually won the puck, wheeled around the back of the net and sprung Tyler Johnson up the ice.

Moments later, Johnson fed Marty St. Louis across the ice for a one-timer that tickled the twine late in the second period to give Tampa Bay a two-goal lead for the third time in the game.

It was that kind of afternoon for the Lightning, answering every challenge Philadelphia tried to throw at them before coming away with a 6-3 victory to snap the Flyers’ 10-game home winning streak in front of an announced crowd of 19,987 at Wells Fargo Center.

Tampa Bay won for the seventh time in the past eight road games, is 9-4-1 in the past 14 overall and has points in 14 of 18 games to move into a temporary tie with Boston atop the Atlantic Division standings, pending the Bruins’ late game at San Jose.

“The one big thing for us tonight is every time they kind of made that push ... we answered,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Ryan Malone had two goals, including an empty-netter, while Valtteri Filppula, Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist.

B.J. Crombeen had two assists, while Matt Carle also had two helpers and set a franchise record with a plus-6 rating to help Tampa Bay improve to 10-2-1 against the Flyers in the past 13 meetings.

Anders Lindback was a big part of Saturday’s victory, coming up with 35 saves, including all 15 shots he faced in the first period, for his second victory in the past three games filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop.

“First time in a while I really felt like I came up to where I should be playing,’’ said Lindback, who is 5-9-1 this season.

After Killorn gave the Lightning the lead 4:33 into the game, intercepting a Nicklas Grossman pass up the middle for an unassisted goal, the Flyers started to build momentum and gained a two-man advantage for 1:46 when Victor Hedman fired the puck from inside his own end over the end boards at the far end.

But Lindback came up with some big saves, stopping all five shots Philadelphia had on the 5-on-3 power play, and he preserved the lead with a stop of Wayne Simmonds with 18.2 seconds left.

“He was arguably one of the best players tonight,’’ Cooper said of Lindback. “For all of the bad breaks he’s received, and I’d never say he’s played poorly for us, he’s just had some bad breaks, today it went his way.

“If you work hard enough, eventually things are going to turn around and go your way.”

Purcell scored on a bad-angle wrist shot that went through the legs of Steve Mason for a 2-0 lead 5:21 into the second period before Jakub Voracek converted a breakaway at 6:44. But Malone answered that 44 seconds later, converting a 2-on-1 pass from Nate Thompson to regain the two-goal lead.

The Flyers tied the game on a power-play goal from Simmonds at 11:14 and another Voracek goal, this one at 11:14.

Filppula answered that, however, 1:06 later with a backhand goal to regain the lead at 15:41 before St. Louis made it a 5-3 game with 56.2 second left in the second period.

Tampa Bay shut down the Flyers in the third, getting some help from Andrej Sustr, who pulled a puck off the line.

“I was lucky enough to be right there in a good position. As I saw it scramble in the crease, I went for it and tried to save it from the goal,’’ Sustr said.

“We battled through and played a good game in the third and came out with the win.’’

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