TAMPA, Fla. -- The Lightning maintained implausible playoff hopes for another night on Monday after scoring continued to come from unusual sources in a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The Lightning (13-15-1) took a 3-2 lead with 10:28 left in the game when Teddy Purcell leaped to redirect a Keith Aulie shot from just inside the blue line. The goal was Purcell's sixth of the season.
Rookie Ondrej Palat (2), Tom Pyatt (6) and Steven Stamkos (21, empty net) also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won two consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. The Lightning is are now tied with the Flyers for 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia (13-16-1) missed two prime scoring chances while exerting pressure early in the third period, with Lightning defenseman Matt Carle getting just enough stick on a Claude Giroux shot to protect a gaping net and Matt Read hitting the crossbar just minutes later.
Philadelphia tied the score at 2 with 4:39 left in the second period after Lightning rookie Cory Conacher attempted unsuccessfully to clear his zone with a backhanded whack and Claude Giroux skated for an unimpeded shot from close range.
Tampa Bay had taken a 1-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game on Palat's goal. Dana Tyrell and Sami Salo were awarded assists.
Maxime Talbot tied the score at 1-1 with less than seven minutes left in the period when he brought the puck out of the Flyers' defensive zone and simply kept coming as the Lightning cut off his passing lanes. When he went uncovered in the offensive end, Talbot veered in front of the net and backhanded in his fourth goal of the season. Andrej Meszaros earned his first assist of the season.
The Lightning's crisp period-long forechecking helped give them the lead back quickly on Dana Tyrell's sixth goal of the season. Tyrell, who was recalled Saturday from Syracuse of the American Hockley League, skated onto a rocket pass from the corner by rookie Tyler Johnson to redirect in the puck. Tampa Bay led 2-1 entering the second period.
NOTES: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen played in his 1,000th NHL game. He is the sixth Finn to reach the mark ... Palat has scored goals in consecutive games after getting his first in the NHL on Saturday against Carolina. ... Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis entered with a goal and six assists in his previous five games. ... Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) and left winger Benoit Pouliot (shoulder) are on injured reserve. ... Philadelphia entered having scored just one even-strength goal in its previous 14 periods. ... Tampa Bay began the season 6-1 and was 6-14-1 since entering play on Monday. ... The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the NHL held no supplementary discipline hearing for defenseman Brayden Schenn after his hit Friday on New Jersey's Peter Harrold.