Even Philadelphia's notoriously hostile crowd didn't bother the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 24 shots, helping the Lightning defeat the host Flyers, 4-1, last night and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Cory Stillman, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 5-0 on the road in the playoffs. The Flyers were 6-0 at home this postseason.

"This building is tough to play in. The fans are always yelling at you," Lightning forward Martin St. Louis said. "But we keep it simple on the road. We don't try to put on a show. We just battle and try to limit the mistakes."

Game 4 is Saturday in Philadelphia.

The Lightning quickly rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Game 2, scoring two goals in a span of 2 minutes 24 seconds to take control in the first period.

Robert Esche, who had been superb in the playoffs, failed to catch one of the shots and let the other bounce off his glove.

The Flyers dominated the second period, but couldn't break through the "Bulin Wall" as Khabibulin made 13 saves.

"Some shots I didn't see, but guys stepped up and blocked them and they cleared a few rebounds," Khabibulin said. "That makes life a lot easier for a goalie."

After Keith Primeau's goal cut it to 2-1 and energized the sellout crowd in the opening minute of the third period, the Lightning scored 43 seconds later to silence the fans.

"That goal took the air out of us and the building," Flyers Coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Tampa Bay has won six of seven against Philadelphia this season, including all four meetings in the regular season, and nine of 10, dating from last year.

Stillman gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot from just outside the left circle that sailed under Esche's glove.

"There's no disguising it, it was a bad goal," Esche said.

Fedotenko, a former Flyer, made it 2-0 less than three minutes later with a power-play goal. His slap shot hit Esche's glove and trickled into the net.

Primeau scored his sixth playoff goal just 36 seconds into the third period to cut the deficit in half. But Lecavalier quickly answered with a breakaway goal.

"You want to get life from a goal, but they turn around and score right away and that makes it tough," Flyers forward Mark Recchi said.

Richards put the game away with his sixth playoff goal almost halfway through the third period.

* SHARKS 3, FLAMES 0: Evgeni Nabokov finally got a victory over his former backup. He also got visiting San Jose back in the Western Conference finals.

Nabokov made 34 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs, and Alex Korolyuk had two goals and an assist in the Sharks' victory over Calgary in Game 3.

Korolyuk scored twice in the final two minutes, capping his promotion to the Sharks' top line. Vincent Damphousse got the first goal for the Sharks, who closed their series deficit to 2-1 with an appropriate mix of desperation and motivation.

After blowing home-ice advantage with consecutive losses in San Jose, the Sharks knew the series essentially would be over with a loss in Game 3.

So Coach Ron Wilson shook up his lineup, Damphousse scored another timely goal, Korolyuk played a fantastic forechecking game -- and Nabokov returned to top form.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves for the Flames, who were shut out for the first time in the playoffs. Despite the backing of a raucous crowd of red-clad fans at the Saddledome, Calgary dropped to 3-4 at home in the postseason.

Game 4 is Sunday in Calgary, with Game 5 in San Jose on Monday night.

Cory Stillman celebrates his goal midway through the first period, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead over the Flyers. Game 4 is Saturday in Philadelphia.