TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continued the streak it liked -- winning at home -- and curtailed the one it didn't -- struggling mightily in the second period -- while thumping the ineffective Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Martin St. Louis had four assists, and five different Tampa Bay players scored goals as the Southeast Division-leading Lightning (4-1-0) improved to 3-0 at home. The Flyers (2-4-0) had a two-game win streak snapped while going 0-for-6 on the power play and allowing two man-down goals.
Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback relinquished a suspect goal in the opening minute, but the Lightning regrouped after captain and infrequent fighter Vincent Lecavalier tussled with the Flyers' Luke Schenn four minutes later.
Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said his bench was so enlivened, "I had to calm the guys down."
Tampa Bay's second power-play goal of the first period gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead with 1:04 left when Lecavalier ripped a one-timer past Michael Leighton from a sharp angle on the right side.
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead with 3:50 left in the first period on a knuckling shot from defenseman Eric Brewer, who has three goals in five games after scoring once in 82 contests last season. The Lightning tied the game less than two minutes earlier on Teddy Purcell's power-play goal, his first tally of the season.
"We got some penalties that got us in trouble," Flyers center Matt Read said. "If you're in the penalty box, you're not going to be winning games, it's as simple as that."
"Well you continue to harp on it," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said about his team's lack of discipline. "Eventually you can react to it by ice time or taking guys out of the lineup. We're in a position where we need to get guys playing the correct way without taking them out of the lineup. Seems like there's a lot of penalties both ways.
Center Danny Briere said the Flyers, who lead the NHL in minor penalties, "have to be smarter."
"We know what's being called now, and we keep putting ourselves in the same situation," he added.
Lindback (25 saves) was strong enough after Sean Couturier's sharp-angle toss at the net slinked between his skates for a goal after 59 seconds. It was Philadelphia's first shot of the game.
The Flyers' punchless power play produced few tests, as Philadelphia managed just four shots in wasting its first five man-advantage situations. Failing to score on a four-minute, first-period opportunity proved costly.
"If I were to evaluate the first period, they had a step on us," Laviolette said. "They were a better-rested team and with a better jump than we had. There were numerous moments and opportunities where we could've scored."
Tampa Bay had been outscored 10-3 in the second period entering the game, but neither team scored in that period Sunday. With scores by Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos in the final 20 minutes, the Lightning has outscored opponents 13-1 in the third period.
"It was a solid second period. It was 0-0," Hedman said. "In the third period, we've been playing well, so we were out to just continue that."
NOTES: Lightning defenseman Sami Salo entered the game leading the league in plus/minus (plus-8). He was plus-1 against the Flyers. ... 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. He stopped 21 of 26 shots. ... Stamkos has earned at least one point in every game this season. In addition to his goal, he had an assist Sunday. ... The Lightning have outscored opponents 13-1 in the third period this season.