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Flyers shrug off injuries for big win

MIKE Richards and Jeff Carter netted two goals apiece to spark the short-handed Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Missing top forwards Danny Briere and Simon Gagne, the Flyers (7-4-1) nevertheless produced a second successive six-goal performance..

"Guys go out of your lineup and you wonder where you're going to get your production from - two guys that produce a lot of offense for us," Flyers coach John Stevens told reporters.

"I think when that happens you ask the other guys to take advantage of opportunities."

Richards sparked the offense with an opening score at 8:29 in the first period and later put in a backhand in the second to run his season total to eight goals.

Scott Hartnell and Carter had back-to-back goals at the end of the first and beginning of the second to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

Rookie David Laliberte converted a wrister before Carter added his second on a power play to cap Philadelphia's offense at 8:56 in the third.

Tampa Bay (4-4-4) center Steven Stamkos notched a goal for the sixth straight game, his 11th of the year, in the second while teammate Jeff Halpern recorded his first of the year with 5:03 remaining.

Those were the only two blemishes for Flyers goaltender Ray Emery, who finished with 26 saves.

Emery received strong support from his offense shortly after Philadelphia learned Gagne would be out for 6-8 weeks due to an abdominal injury joining Briere (leg) on the sidelines.

Laliberte stepped up with his second goal in as many games to become the first Flyer to score in each of his first two NHL games since Eric Lindros in 1992.

Carter and Richards ended seven, and six-game goal scoring droughts respectively.

Winning streak

In Uniondale, New York, Brendan Witt posted his first two-goal game in the NHL as the New York Islanders stretched their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Witt, a defenseman in his 14th NHL season, has netted only 25 in his 862-game career and had gone 92 contests since his previous goal on January 22, 2008, at Carolina.

Doug Weight, New York's 38-year-old captain, helped set up rookie John Tavares' first-period goal and earned another assist on Witt's second. New York lost its first six games of the season but has won five since.

Ethan Moreau scored for Edmonton, which has lost five of six overall and has dropped five straight on the road.

In Glendale, Arizona, Drew Doughty scored the go-ahead goal with 4:51 remaining as the Kings rallied for a 5-3 win. Ryan Smyth scored twice, Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings.

Shane Doan, Martin Hanzal and Scottie Upshall scored for the Coyotes, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped but received better news off the ice.

Earlier on Monday, US Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum approved the Coyotes' sale to the NHL with the league intending to find a buyer committed to keeping the franchise in Glendale.

The conclusion of the team's bankruptcy proceedings didn't help the Coyotes avoid a franchise-record low announced crowd of 5,855.


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