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PHILADELPHIA -- Grim playoff hopes arent stopping the Tampa Bay Lightning. Martin St. Louis scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Steven Stamkos notched his team-record 53rd goal and the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Monday night. Ryan Malone and J.T. Wyman also had goals to help the Lightning win their third straight game. Its probably a little too late for Tampa, which is 11th in the Eastern Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot with seven games remaining. "Were kind of hanging on right now," Stamkos said. "Theres a lot of character in this room, and on this team, and its showing. When you play well, and take advantage of your opportunities, you end up getting some timely goals, and thats what youre seeing. Theres a lot of pride in this room. "In this position, you always have to just keep playing. You never know what can happen, and we still have a chance. Until we dont have one, we have to play like we do, and its working out for now." Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Scott Hartnell scored Philadelphias goals. The Flyers lost for just the third time in 14 games this month. Theyve already clinched a playoff berth, but are four points behind Pittsburgh for fourth place and the home-ice advantage in the first round that goes with it. "Its disappointing," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "Two points is two points. Doesnt matter whether its Tampa or the New York Rangers." Dwayne Roloson stopped 35 shots, outplaying Ilya Bryzgalov. The Lightning had just 11 shots through the first 52 minutes, scoring on three of them. Bryzgalov let the first shot he saw go in for the second time in three games, and the Flyers fell behind 1-0 for the 16th time in 21 games. St. Louis put the Lightning up 3-2 on a breakaway goal 2:27 into the third. St. Louis got in front of Philadelphias defence, took an outlet pass from Tim Wallace, skated in and beat Bryzgalov by lifting a shot just under the crossbar. Bryzgalov hadnt allowed more than two goals in his past 11 games. "Were not going to quit, thats for sure," St. Louis said. "No one in here is going to give up, and well just move onto the next game." There was nothing Bryzgalov could do on the fourth goal. Matt Carle turned the puck over behind the Flyers net and Wyman poked it in behind an unsuspecting Bryzgalov. "It just popped out," Carle said. "Its gut-wrenching. I want to apologize to all of my teammates and fans who paid for tickets to be there. Thats a tough one to swallow." That turned out to be a critical goal because Hartnell fired a slap shot between Rolosons legs to cut it to 4-3 with 1:13 left. Tom Pyatts empty-net goal then sealed the win for the Lightning. Trailing 2-0 for the fourth time in the past five games, the Flyers started their comeback early in the second when Simmonds scored his first goal in 17 games. Simmonds started a breakaway along the left wing, played give-and-go with Brayden Schenn and tipped a shot in off a centring pass. "It felt good, but it was bittersweet when it comes with the loss," Simmonds said. Read scored his 22nd goal to tie it at 2 late in the second. Kimmo Timonen set it up with a backhanded crossing pass. Read fought off a defender and dove forward to deflect the puck past Roloson. He finished the game tied with Colorados Gabriel Landeskog for most goals among rookies. Malone gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead in the first when he scored a short-handed goal after a turnover by Danny Briere at centre ice. Malone stripped the puck away from Briere, broke in and fired a shot into the top corner. "It was a bad decision," Briere said. "A lot of bad bounces didnt go our way. Mentally, we werent sharp." Stamkos blasted a slap shot through a screen over Bryzgalovs shoulder with just 1.4 seconds left in the first to make it 2-0. Team captain Vincent Lecavalier held the Lightning record with 52 goals in 2006-07. "Its been a tough road for us this year, and Steven is still there, playing, and he has no juice left," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. "So, its real impressive to see him get that record. What an accomplishment. He just keeps going. Hes still going, and he deserves this." Notes: Malones goal was just the second short-handed goal this season for Tampa. ... D Victor Hedman was a late scratch for the Lightning because of an illness. ... Stamkos has 11 goals and five assists in 15 games vs. Philadelphia. ... Simmonds hadnt scored since Feb. 21. He has a career-best 23 goals. ... Malone has five goals and 10 assists in his past 19 games. ... Timonens assist was his 400th in the NHL. ... The Lightning won the season series, 3-1. ... G Mathieu Garon will start in goal for Tampa at Boston on Tuesday night. Asics Gel Kinsei 4 Mujer .ca. Hi Kerry, Always a pleasure; really enjoy your column. 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