The first period woes continue to haunt the Philadelphia Flyers (32-20-7) who fell in an early hole and were unable to climb out at the Amelie Arena in Tampa.
The Lightning (39-15-5) stormed to an early 2-0 first period lead started by Alex Killom who converted a blocked Ivan Provorov shot that jumpstarted Tampa at the 3:17 mark.
Cedric Paquette added another and the visitors were in an unsightly way, trailing 2-0.
Carter Verhaeghe continued to pour it on making it a three-goal uphill battle.
Philly has twenty minutes to get back into the affair.
Finally, the Flyers got on the goal sheet off a Provorov man-advantage score.
Things looked bright when Sean Couturier went in on a short-handed breakaway.
Never mind, Andre Vasilevsky stoned him to keep the score soundly in place.
Brayden Point beat Carter Hart again and things were bleak for Philly, 4-1.
James Van Riemsdyk notched a proximity goal at 13:31. It marked the sixth consecutive game that JVR has hit the scoresheet.
At 16:13, Claude Giroux lit a candle of hope to get The Flyguys within one at 4-3.
The candle would be extinguished with an open net lamplighter from Nikita Kuchelon. Despite a few chances, team Philly was unable to inflict any further damage and limped away on the wrong end of the 5-3 score.
Blue Lines: Carter Hart stopped 19 of 23 shots with Vasilevsky turning aside 30 of 33.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.