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LINDROS STEALS LIGHTNING'S THUNDER

Eric Lindros bounced back from a poor performance with a great one.

Lindros, benched for most of the third period of his previous game, scored his 200th NHL goal and had four assists as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-1, Tuesday night.

"There's a lot of positive things we can take out of tonight," said Lindros, who was shut down in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

Lindros scored his landmark goal at 9:05 of the second period, snapping a 15-foot wrist shot past goalie Corey Schwab to give Philadelphia a 5-1 lead. The goal moved Lindros past Ilkka Sinisalo into ninth place on the Flyers' all-time list.

The Flyers also got a big game from rookie Vinnie Prospal, who was filling in for injured Dainius Zubrus. Playing on the first line with Lindros and John LeClair, Prospal scored twice and had two assists.

"I'm playing with two of the greatest hockey players in the NHL right now," said Prospal, who has three goals and seven assists in nine games. "But it's Zuby's spot and I'm just filling in."

It was the fifth straight loss for Tampa Bay, which has been outscored 21-3 during the streak.

Bruins clean up on road

EDMONTON, Alberta -- After eight games on the road, laundry is the top priority for Boston.

The Bruins have little else to worry about after their sixth victory -- and fifth in a row -- in the eight-game road trip, 2-1 over the Edmonton Oilers.

"I've been fighting with the ironing board all day to keep these pants straight. It's been long enough," Boston coach Pat Burns said.

"I'm very proud of (the players). They responded well and when we did get in trouble everybody kept calm . . . and that's the way I like to see."

With the score tied at 1-1, Dave Ellett took a behind-the-net pass from Anson Carter and snapped a wrist shot past screened goaltender Curtis Joseph. The power-play goal with 4:26 left in the game was Ellett's first of the season.

"I think everyone did a job tonight," Ellett said. "But that's the type of team we have."

The Bruins emerged from the road trip in first place in the Northeast Division, eight points ahead of the defending champion Buffalo Sabres.

Bure turns trick

DALLAS -- Pavel Bure may be headed in the right direction.

Bure scored his seventh career hat trick as the Canucks beat the Dallas Stars, 5-1.

"We played well against a good team," Bure said. "It's nice to get a hat trick, but it's a team game. We were able to beat a good team tonight."

Bure missed the final 18 games of last season with a neck injury and finished with 23 goals and 55 points, well off his normal pace.

"I like it that Pavel scored some big goals for us tonight," Vancouver coach Tom Renney said. "But we got a lot of contributions from different areas."

Goalie Arthurs Irbe also had a big night, stopping 29 shotes -- 16 in the first period -- to frustrate his former team. Irbe signed with the Canucks and then beat out Corey Hirsch for the job as Vancouver's backup goalie despite playing poorly in the preseason.

"It's a real relief," Irbe said. "I thank the team for believing in me."

Around the rinks

Sean Pronger scored a power-play goal early in the third period as the Mighty Ducks defeated the Coyotes, 4-3. Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist for the Mighty Ducks (3-3-2), who scored more than three goals for the first time this season. . . . Luc Robitaille scored the go-ahead goal on a give-and-go from Vladimir Tsyplakov in the third period as the Kings beat the Islanders, 3-2. Islanders goalie Eric Fichaud fell on his face on the play. He left the game because of dehydration and was replaced by Tommy Salo for the final 6:05. Frederic Chabot stopped 26 shots for his first NHL victory. . . . Canadiens defenseman Francois Groleau is out indefinitely after surgery to repair knee cartilage.

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