Modin notches hat trick as Lightning jolts struggling Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Fredrik Modin scored three goals and Sean
Burke made 38 saves, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-0
victory over the struggling Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Dan Boyle, Vaclav Prospal and Ryan Craig also scored for
defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay, which has won five of
six, including three shutouts.

The Atlantic Division-leading Flyers have lost seven of 10,
including five of six at home. They've allowed a hat trick in
consecutive games -- Jan Bulis had four goals in Montreal's 5-3 win

The Lightning have won the last seven regular-season meetings
against Philadelphia, including three this season. The Flyers took
Tampa Bay to seven games in the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.

Modin recorded his third career hat trick when he scored his
22nd goal off a rebound to give the Lightning a 4-0 lead in the
third period. His first two goals were on the power play.

Burke picked up where John Grahame left off, posting his 36th
career shutout. Grahame has shutouts in his last two starts for the

The Flyers were without star center Peter Forsberg (groin),
captain Keith Primeau (concussion), defenseman Eric Desjardins
(shoulder) and forward Branko Radivojevic (ankle).

Defenseman Kim Johnsson returned after missing three games with
concussion-like symptoms, but left because of dizziness. Defenseman
Joni Pitkanen, who had surgery for a sports hernia, played for the
first time since Dec. 3.

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead on Boyle's 11th goal in the first
period. Boyle put a rebound into an empty net when goaltender
Antero Niittymaki couldn't control the puck after making a chest
save on a shot by Evgeny Artyukhin.

Modin's first goal gave Tampa a 2-0 lead 2:10 later. Modin
redirected Darryl Sydor's slap shot from the point between his legs
and through Niittymaki's legs.

Modin scored again on a man-advantage to make it 3-0 in the
second period. He deflected with his stick blade a slap shot by
Pavel Kubina through Niittymaki's legs for his 21st goal.

Prospal and Craig scored 14 seconds apart in the third period.

Sydor left in the second period with a huge gash on his
face. ... The Flyers haven't beaten the Lightning in the regular
season since April 4, 2003. ... Philadelphia has lost consecutive
games in regulation for the first time this season. ... Boyle's
goal was his first in 14 games. ... The Lightning came in 29th on
the power play, but scored three times with the man advantage. ...
The Flyers hadn't allowed a hat trick in consecutive games since