Flyers Ride Five-Goal Onslaught in Third Period

Lighting issues did not hinder the Flyers in a very convincing victory. The Philadelphia Flyers ride a five-goal onslaught in the third period to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday evening. Philly spread the wealth on the ice this evening. Twelve different Flyers players recorded at least one point in the game. Samuel Ersson stopped 21 of 23 shots on goal by the high-powered Lightning. Philadelphia also put themselves in the line of fire blocking 23 Tampa shot attempts.

After the power went off, the first period was played with auxiliary power and manual timekeeping at the scorer’s table. The scoreboard clock was out and there was no real-time scoring statistics immediately available. The house lights came back up on the ice early in the second period. The public address system followed a little later.

Dim the House Lights

Bobby Brink rejoins the Flyers after a few injuries plaguing the team. Brink got the Flyers off to a fast start at 2:22 of the first period with his 8th goal of the season. With a nice feed from Morgan Frost, Brink crossed into the offensive zone over the middle and wristed a 35-foot shot past Tampa netminder Andrei Vasilievskiy. The assists went to Frost and Marc Staal.

For the second time in three games, the Flyers gave up a goal during 4-on-4 action. Nick Paul knotted the game at 1-1 at the 4:35 mark of the second period on a 20-foot snap shot. The only assist came from Brandon Hagel.

Tyson Foerster continues to play at a high level scoring in his third straight game. Foerster slid a low backhanded shot from the left side that got through Vasilevskiy to the short side just over the pads and below the blocker. Frost, who won a battle near the benches and got the puck to Foerster, received the lone assist.

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Pouring It On

The Flyers opened a 3-1 lead at 3:08 of the third period. Ryan Poehling got the sequence started and Noah Cates sent the puck out to Travis Sanheim. Skating downhill, Sanheim wristed a shot into the net from the right circle. The Philly’s lead grew to 4-1 when Sean Walker wristed a rising shot that beat Vaslevskiy upstairs to the short side over the blocker. Assisted came from Joel Farabee and Foerster.

Tampa pulled Vasilevskiy in an unusual fashion very early in the third period, down by three goals. Skating 6-on-5, Steven Stamkos lasered a shot into the net from the left circle to cut the deficit to 4-2. The assists went to Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning. 

Noah Cates snagged an empty-net goal from the neutral zone for a 5-2 lead. The lone assist went to Poehling. Another empty net goal by Cam York made it 6-2 with an assist from Travis Sanheim. Vasilievskiy had a tough night at the office. He finished with 23 saves on 28 shots. Even with eight goal scored in the contest the Flyers went 0-for-3 on the power play. The Lightning were 0-for-2.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.