Flyers silence Lightning with shootout win

ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - Defenseman Kimmo Timonen's shootout goal lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in a battle between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday.

"I guess we ran out of options for the shooters," Timonen told reporters.

"Sometimes you have to put the d-man (defenseman) out there to do something else. I've got one move and that's my move. I wanted to come at full speed and wait for him (the netminder) to make the first move."

"I usually try to go backhand, but I saw the blocker was kind of opened, so I just snapped it home," Powe said. "It's a pretty cool feeling."

The advantage was shortlived, however, as Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell both struck within two minutes of Powe's goal.

James van Riemsdyk had scored the only goal of the first period to stake the Flyers to a 1-0 lead, before Dominic Moore tallied early in the second period to tie the game.

The Lightning's netminder Dwayne Roloson and Flyers' counterpart Brian Boucher took center stage in the third period and overtime, turning aside a combined 19 shots and stopping 11 of the 14 attempts in the shootout.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by John O'Brien)