TAMPA -- The Lightning continued the streak it liked -- winning at home -- and curtailed the one it didn't -- struggling mightily in the second period -- to thump the ineffective Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1, on Sunday.
Martin St. Louis had four assists and five different Lightning players scored goals as Tampa Bay (4-1-0) remained a perfect 3-0 at home this season to lead the Southeast Division. The Flyers (2-4-0) had a two-game win streak snapped.
Tampa Bay's second power play goal of the first period gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead with 1:04 left when Vincent Lecavalier ripped a one-timer past Michael Leighton from a sharp angle on the right side for a power play score.
Tampa Bay had taken a 2-1 lead with 3:50 left in the first period on a knuckling shot near the blue line from defenseman Eric Brewer, who has three goals in five games after scoring once in 82 contests last season. The Lightning had tied the game less than two minutes earlier on Teddy Purcell's power-play goal wide open at the left goal mouth after a deft pass from Steven Stamkos from the slot.
Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback was strong enough after a shaky start, when he allowed Sean Couturier's sharp-angle toss at the net to slink between his skates for a goal just 59 seconds into the game. Philadelphia's punchless power play produced few tests as the Flyers managed just four shots in wasting their first five man-advantages.
Tampa Bay had been outscored 10-3 in the second period entering the game, but neither team scored on Sunday. With scores by Victor Hedman and Stamkos in the final 20 minutes, the Lightning has outscored opponents 13-1 in the third period.
NOTES: Philadelphia scored on its first shot of the game, 59 seconds into the first period. ... Philadelphia's Luke Schenn and Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier were assessed five-minute penalties for fighting after the whistle in the first period, foreshadowing a combative game. ... Lightning D Sami Salo entered the game leading the league in plus/minus (plus-8). ... Philadelphia entered on a two-game win streak after starting 0-3. ... Backup goaltender Michael Leighton made his first start with the Flyers playing on consecutive days. ... Philadelphia failed to score on a four-minute power play when the Lightning's B.J. Crombeen was assessed separate two-minute penalties for holding, roughing and interference. The Flyers were 0-for-3 with a man advantage -- including a brief 5-on-3 -- in the first period and failed to score on 1:47 of a carryover penalty into the second. They managed three shots in their first five power plays. Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos has earned at least one point in every game this season.