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.