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Associated Press

Tampa, Fla. — Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning were too much again at home for the Philadelphia Flyers to handle.

Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and the Lightning beat the Flyers, 4-3, on Thursday night.

"I didn't think we had our best game, but we found a way to win," Stamkos said. "That's a good characteristic to have."

Vladislav Namestnikov and Jason Garrison scored the other goals for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has beaten the Flyers seven straight times at home, dating to February 2011.

Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl netted goals for the Flyers, who had won three in a row.

The Lightning were 2-of-5 on the power play. Philadelphia failed to score on two chances.

"We've been a disciplined team all year," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "All of a sudden we become an undisciplined team tonight. You take seven penalties, you're going to have a tough time."

After Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead with his eighth goal this season from the left circle at 5:30 of the third, Voracek's in-close shot made it a one-goal game again 68 seconds later.

Garrison made it 4-2, snapping his 28-game goal drought, on the power play with 3:12 to play. Valtteri Filppula earned his third assist of the game on the goal.

Raffl cut the Flyers' deficit back to one in the final minute.

"We bent a little, but didn't break," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "It was good to see."

Stamkos put the Lightning ahead 2-1 during a power play with 45.7 seconds remaining in the second period. He has 16 goals and 25 points in 21 games against Philadelphia.

"They have a good power play with Stamkos shooting everything," Voracek said. "Dangerous. I would say it was a couple of tough goals, but that's the way they saw it. We could do nothing about it, just maybe focus, try to kill it."

Namestnikov redirected Anton Stralman's blue line shot past goalie Ray Emery for a 1-0 lead 3:29 into the game. Stralman has eight assists and nine points in 11 games this season after getting 13 points over 81 games last season with the New York Rangers.

The Flyers went almost 10 minutes before Claude Giroux got their initial shot on goal. Simmonds tied it 1-1 and stopped his five-game point drought when he beat Ben Bishop on a rebound goal with 7:17 left in the first.

Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson had his seven-game assist streak end. The center had 11 assists over the stretch.

More Thursday games

(At) Pittsburhg 3, Los Angeles 0: Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves in his 30th NHL shutout, and Chris Kunitz had two goals in a three-point game to lift the Penguins.

Kris Letang scored his first goal of the season, and Evgeni Malkin became the fifth player in team history to register 400 assists as the Penguins used their dominant power play and a steady performance from Fleury to hand the defending champion Kings just their second regulation loss.

Pittsburgh went 2-for-6 with the man advantage, including two first-period goals that put the Kings on their heels.

Martin Jones made 20 saves for Los Angeles, but the Kings failed to score for the second time in 10 games this season.

(At) New Jersey 2, Winnipeg 1 (SO): Jacob Josefson scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Cory Schneider made it stand up as New Jersey ended its tiebreaker frustration with a come-from-behind victory over Winnipeg.

Michael Ryder forced overtime for New Jersey, scoring the tying goal with 3:27 left in regulation. The Devils earned the shootout victory after losing all 13 last season and one other this season.

Josefson, the Devils' second shootout shooter, lifted a shot over sprawling goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

New Jersey earned its first home victory in four games and snapped the Jets' two-game winning streak.

Boston 3, (at) Buffalo 2 (OT): Brad Marchand had two goals, including the winner 1:20 into overtime, and Boston earned its third straight road victory by beating Buffalo.

Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who are 0-4-1 at home this season.

Marchand added an assist on Adam McQuaid's goal for the Bruins. Niklas Svedberg made 13 saves for his second win of the season, both coming against Buffalo.

(At) Florida 2, Arizona 1: Scottie Upshall scored 10:56 into the third period, Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in front of another small crowd, and Florida edged Arizona.

The announced crowd was 7,691, just 380 more than the franchise-record low of 7,311 that watched the Panthers play Ottawa on Oct. 13th.

Brandon Pirri tied it for Florida at 5:37 of the second period with a power-play goal. Jussi Jokinen and Erik Gudbranson had the assists.

Chicago 5, (at) Ottawa 4 (SO): Ex-Red Wing Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in Chicago's shootout win over Ottawa, reaching two milestones in the city in which he started his NHL career back in 1997.

Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the shootout. Jonathan Toews scored twice for Chicago (6-3-1), and Kris Versteeg added a goal. Scott Darling turned aside 28 shots for the win. Mark Stone, Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad had goals for Ottawa (5-2-2). Craig Anderson made 35 saves.

Hossa's goal at 13:50 of the third period was his second of the season and his 1,000th career point. It came in his 1,100th NHL game.

(At) St. Louis 2, Anaheim 0: Alexander Steen and Ryan Reaves scored, and Jake Allen stopped 24 shots in his second NHL shutout, leading St. Louis over Anaheim.

The Blues (5-3-1) won their third consecutive game despite playing without four of their top nine forwards. David Backes and T.J. Oshie sat out because of concussions, Paul Stastny was sidelined by a shoulder injury, and Joakim Lindstrom missed the game due to an illness.

The Ducks (8-3) played the second game of a four-game, six-day trip. Anaheim had won four straight against the Blues, including a 3-0 home victory on Oct. 19.

(At) Minnesota 4, San Jose 3 (SO): Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout to lift Minnesota over San Jose.

Kyle Brodziak scored twice in the third period, and Koivu had a goal in the second for Minnesota, which for the second straight game overcame a 3-1, third-period deficit to win.

The Wild rallied to win 4-3 Tuesday at Boston, one night after allowing five third-period goals in a 5-4 road loss to the New York Rangers.

(At) Colorado 5, New York Islanders 0: Nathan MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his 14th NHL shutout.

MacKinnon, the 19-year-old reigning rookie of the year, has struggled to get on track this season. He scored both of his goals in the second period, one on a power play — hopping up and down on his skates to celebrate — and the other when he tipped a shot past goalie Chad Johnson.

Cody McLeod and Marc-Andre Cliche also netted their first goals of the season. Erik Johnson added another in the third period.