Flyers 3, Lightning 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Ron Hextall made 20 saves for his 21st career shutout and John LeClair scored twice, including his 200th NHL goal, as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 Sunday night.
Hextall’s second shutout of the season came against the NHL’s lowest-scoring team. The Lightning, whose 57 goals are eight fewer than second-worst Toronto, have been shut out twice this season.
LeClair, who had 101 goals the previous two seasons, scored his 200th goal in his 458th game.
His second goal of the game, which came at 15:49 of the third period, tied LeClair with Teemu Selanne of Anaheim for the league lead with 26 goals.
The Flyers have won three straight. Tampa Bay, which snapped a 16-game winless streak on the road Saturday in Ottawa, is 2-16-1 on the road this year.
Philadelphia finally opened the scoring midway through the second period while the Lightning were on the power play.
Rod Brind’Amour stole the puck at his own blue line and skated down the right wing into the Tampa Bay zone.
As he cut across toward the left, two Lightning defenders came together and formed a screen in front of goalie Daren Puppa. Brind’Amour beat the goalie with a 15-foot wrist shot low to the stick side.
LeClair gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with his 200th NHL goal, which came with two seconds remaining on a Flyers power play.
With Dino Ciccarelli sitting out a double-minor for roughing, LeClair tipped in a shot by Janne Niinimaa at 16:44 of the second period.
LeClair’s second goal came on a 25-foot slap shot that beat Puppa high to the glove side.
Hextall’s 16th shutout as a Flyer ties him with Doug Favell for second on the team’s all-time list, behind Bernie Parent’s 50.