PLAYOFFS
TB Wins series 4-3
46-22-6, 22-12-3 away
4
123OTT
TB13004
PHI21115
40-21-6, 24-11-3 home
5

Flyers send series to Game 7

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Keith Primeau saved the Philadelphia Flyers'

season. Simon Gagne gave them at least one more game.

Gagne scored his second goal with 1:42 left in overtime, leading

the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay

Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday

night.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Tampa. The winner will play the

Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup finals, beginning Tuesday.

"I need everybody around me to help. I got that tonight," said

Primeau, who scored twice, including the tying goal with 1:49 left

in regulation.

The Flyers are seeking their eighth trip to the Cup finals, and

first since getting swept by Detroit in 1997. The Lightning, in the

playoffs for just the third time in the franchise's 12 seasons,

have never reached the Cup finals.

After Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made several

outstanding saves in the extra period, the Primeau-Gagne-Jeremy

Roenick line struck again in their first game together.

Primeau took a shot that hit Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina

and went to Roenick, whose shot bounced to Gagne at the other side

of the net. Gagne snapped a shot that hit Khabibulin and squeaked

in.

"The puck went right to my stick and I shot it as hard as I

could," Gagne said. "I was excited when I saw that line on the

board this morning."

Sami Kapanen also had a goal for Philadelphia, which won its

second overtime game of the playoffs.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier each scored twice for

the Lightning.

"If we win Game 7, this game has no bearing," Lightning center

Tim Taylor said. "We can't get on the plane and mope around."

Fedotenko's first goal against his former teammates tied it at 3

in the second period. He scored on a power play from almost the

same spot on a near-identical pass from Dave Andreychuk to give the

Lightning a 4-3 lead with 2:27 left in the second.

But Tampa Bay seemed content to sit on the lead in the third

period, and Primeau finally made them pay for it. From the left

side of the net, Primeau kicked the puck through Khabibulin's pads,

came around the other side and jammed it in to send the game to

overtime.

"The whole line was unbelievable," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock

said of Primeau's line. "Keith led the charge, but he had a right

wing and a left wing that were right there with him."

Primeau, the Flyers' captain, has been dominant in the

postseason, scoring nine goals in 16 games after getting nine goals

in 110 playoff games coming into the year.

Now, the injury-depleted Flyers, playing without defensemen Eric

Desjardins and Marcus Ragnarsson and forward Radovan Somik, are one

victory away from playing for the Cup.

"This team has a special quality. It won't quit," Hitchcock

said.

A raucous, orange-clad crowd went silent when Lecavalier scored

a breakaway goal to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead just 88 seconds into

the game.

But a pretty, backhanded goal by Gagne off a kick-pass from

Primeau tied it at 1. Primeau then gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead

with a one-timer off a perfect pass from Vladimir Malakhov.

Lecavalier's second goal tied it at 2 just 45 seconds into the

second period. His slap shot sailed past Flyers defenseman Mattias

Timander and just under Robert Esche's glove.

"It's disappointing, especially when you are that close,"

Lecavalier said. "Maybe we should have pushed a little more in the

third period."

Kapanen, back at left wing after injuries forced him to play

defense most of the series, gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead, scoring on

a slap shot from a side angle.

Less than three minutes later, Fedotenko tied it at 3 with a

slap shot from the slot. He had one goal, which came with the

Flyers, in 22 playoff games, before scoring eight this postseason.<

^Notes: Primeau surpassed his total of seven goals in 54

regular-season games. ... Flyers D Joni Pitkanen returned after

sitting out Game 5 with an "upper-body" injury. Somik sat out

with a hand injury. ... Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was among the

sellout crowd of 19,910 at the Wachovia Center. ... The Flyers are

1-for-37 on the power play, dating to Game 4 of their second-round

series against Toronto. They are 1-for-24 against the Lightning.

... Tampa Bay has scored on six of its last 12 opportunities with

the man-advantage.