On Tuesday night the Tampa Bay Lighting brought a 5-game losing streak to bear against the Philadelphia Flyers in South Central Florida. Talk about a get-right moment for the Bolts. Tampa a perennial Cup contender made easy work out of the directionless Orange and Black 5-2.
On To The Action
Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov each had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday night to snap that five-game losing streak. Ross Colton also scored, Mikhail Sergachev had two assists and Alexei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning. They had been 0-4-1 since a 3-0 victory in Detroit on Feb. 25.
Morgan Frost and Brendan Lemieux scored for Philadelphia Lemieux’s goal was initially credited to Cam York, and Carter Hart made 34 saves. The Flyers have lost five of six. After each team scored once in the first period, Tampa Bay took command with three goals in the second. Kucherov gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead 34 seconds in when he set up at the top of the right circle and one-timed Sergachev’s pass behind Hart.
Lightning Continues to Strike
Colton outmuscled three Flyers in front of Hart and slid Tanner Jeannot’s pass into the net at 8:46 for a 3-1 advantage, and Killorn put the Lightning up by three at 10:49 with a short wrist shot after Hart misplayed the puck behind the net. Lemieux cut the margin to 4-2 at 12:40 when he deflected Cam York’s wrist shot from the top of the left circle past Vasilevskiy’s catching glove. But Kucherov scored Tampa Bay’s third power-play goal of the game with 2:22 remaining in the third period.
The Flyers opened the scoring at 5:52 of the first period when Frost finished off a 2-on-1 break by beating Vasilevskiy during a delayed penalty. But Killorn’s power-play tap-in of Kucherov’s pass at 7:38 got the Lightning even. The Lightning played without their best defenseman, Victor Hedman, who left midway through a 6-0 road loss to Carolina on Sunday after crashing into the boards and injuring his back. Flyers Defenseman Tony DeAngelo was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for spearing Tampa Bay’s Corey Perry.
Tampa Bay improved to 12-1-0 in its last 13 games against the Flyers. The Flyers on the heels of a very volatile 12 days in which the fan base has been taken to new lows will now set their sights on a trip to North Carolina against the Canes, and then a match-up with their cross-state rivals Penguins on Sunday.
This And That
-Flyers have gone 28 for 180 on the power play this season. That works out to 15.56%
-Flyers are 24-29-11 under John Tortorella 64 games
-GOALS FOR: 166/ 2.5
-GOALS AGAINST: 216/ 3.3
-SHOTS FOR- 1891/ 29.5
-SHOTS AGAINST- 1992/ 31.1
– OT RECORD- 1-10
– SHOOTOUT RECORD– 1-1
– Sean Couturier ($7.75M) – Ryan Ellis ($6.25M)- Cam Atkinson ($5.9M)- Travis Konecny ($5.5M) 25.98 million dollars of contract on IR
– Since the 2021-2022 season the Flyers have gone 56 for 413 on the power play 13.56%
Conor Bedard Regina Pats/ Center/ Western Hockey League 2022-23
GP G A PTS PIM +/-
48 59 64 123 54 +36
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