A ten-game win streak at home was broken on Saturday afternoon, thanks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Alex Killorn, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone (2), Valttteri Filppula, and Marty St. Louis were responsible for the Lightning’s six goals, while Jakub Voracek (2) and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers. Steve Mason went two periods for the orange & black and stopped twelve of seventeen shots. Ray Emery came on in relief in the third and stopped all seven shots he faces. For Tampa Bay, Anders Lindback stopped 35 of 38.
The Flyers got off to a slow and sloppy start against Tampa Bay, with just three shots taken in the first ten minutes of play. A Nicklas Grossmann turnover led to Killorn’s goal at 4:33, giving the Lightning the early lead. It wasn’t until about halfway through the first period that the Flyers seemed to come to life, but thanks to stellar play from goaltender Anders Lindback, they weren’t able to capitalize on any opportunities, including a 5-on-3 power play. There were plenty of missed chances in front of the Lightning net, and some close calls as well, but the period ended with Tampa Bay leading 1-0. Flyers finished the frame leading in shots, 15-7.
After a dominating start to the second period by the Flyers, Purcell’s goal put Tampa Bay up by two. Valtteri Filppula and Matt Carle had the assists. A little over a minute later, Voracek’s goal opened up scoring for the Flyers, but there was little time to celebrate before Malone’s goal gave the Lightning a two-goal lead once more.
A scuffle between Ryan Malone and Braydon Coburn near the midway point of the second period lead to a power play opportunity for the Flyers, and Simmonds’ 15th goal of the season cut the Lightning’s lead to one goal for the second time in the game. Voracek’s second of the afternoon brought the score even at three goals apiece with just over five minutes left in the period, but Tampa Bay answered right back with a Filppula goal at 15:41, giving the Lightning back the lead. With less than a minute left, St. Louis’ tally put the Lightning up 5-3.
Despite dominating the majority of the second period with aggressive and hungry play, the Flyers entered the third down by two goals, and with a new goaltender as Ray Emery took over for Steve Mason.
There were chances abound for the Flyers in the third period, but the only goal that came about for either team was one more for the Lightning, an empty-netter from Ryan Malone at 18:12.
This was a very odd game for the Flyers. After that slow start, they carried momentum throughout the majority of the rest of the game and ended with 38 shots to Tampa Bay’s 25. But thanks to stellar work by Anders Lindback and some lucky bounces for the Lightning, Philadelphia was not able to come away with a win, and their ten-game win streak at home came to a disappointing end.
Steve Downie — slashing (7:56, 1st)
Ryan Malone — hooking (13:39, 1st)
Victor Hedman — delay of game (13:53, 1st)
Sean Couturier — hooking (1:18, 2nd)
Ryan Malone — double minor, roughing (10:42, 2nd)
Braydon Coburn — roughing (10:42, 2nd)
BJ Crombeen — delay of game (7:47, 3rd)
Scott Hartnell — illegal check to head (15:09, 3rd)
Radko Gudas — unsportsmanlike conduct (18:55, 3rd)
Steve Downie — unsportsmanlike conduct (18:55, 3rd)
Game notes: Wayne Simmonds has six power play goals in his last ten games…Simmonds’ 15 goals leads the team….The Flyers have killed off 22 straight penalties… Former Flyer Matt Carle was a +6 on the afternoon and had two assists… The Lightning are now 7-1 in their last eight road games… Tampa Bay’s Sami Salo sustained a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return to the game… Flyers will face the New York Rangers tomorrow night for only the second time this season. Philadelphia won the first matchup between the two teams 2-1 back on October 24.