Lightning Strikes the Flyers in Tampa…HARD!

It was not a good Saturday night in Florida for the Orange-and-Black. Bad night, especially for Samuel Ersson and John Tortorella. Those two didn’t last long, as the Flyers suffered their worst season loss. The Tampa Bay Lightning strikes the Flyers hard to the tune of 7-0 at Amalie Arena.

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The Flyers go 1-2-0 against the Lightning in their three-game regular-season series. The Flyers had some luck. Travis Sanheim and Owen Tippett appeared to survive injury scares. During the second period, Luke Glendening fell into Sanheim’s left leg, causing it to bend awkwardly. Sanheim was OK and finished the game. Tippett took a heavy shot to his left foot in the third period and stayed down in pain. He exited the game briefly but was able to return.

Where It All Went Wrong

The rookie goalie was pulled after Tampa Bay’s fourth goal, and the Torts was ejected. It only took to the 10:49 mark in the game for this to go down. The Flyers were dealing with injuries and were down to five defensemen, as Egor Zamula missed the game because of an illness. The other missing defensemen were Nick Seeler, Jamie Drysdale, and Rasmus Ristolainen on injured reserve.

Their 24-year-old goalie had the shortest outing of his NHL career. Ersson wasn’t sharp, giving up four goals on 15 shots. In relief, Felix Sandstrom was not much better, stopping eight of 11 shots.

The sloppy play was Philly’s theme for the night. They racked up forty-three penalty minutes in the game. Garnet Hathaway accounted for 20 of them on his own. Nicolas Deslauriers, Sean Couturier, and Cam Atkinson dropped the gloves. Couturier has not been in a fight since 2018.

Erik Johnson and Denis Gurianov debuted their Flyers after being acquired Friday at the trade deadline. Johnson, an accomplished defenseman, was a minus-1 with six hits and two blocked shots in 19:57 minutes. Gurianov, a 26-year-old forward, played 11:57 minutes. He came into the lineup for Zamula. Adam Ginning was sent back to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley on Friday.

Torts Tossed

Their head coach wasn’t allowed to coach. He was livid with the officials after being tossed from the bench. Torts was seen on the broadcast irate with the officials. He was hit with a game misconduct after Brayden Point scored the Lightning’s fourth goal on a power play. It was not a happy homecoming for Tortorella, who coached the Lightning to their first-ever Stanley Cup title in 2004. The organization was celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the championship on Saturday night.

Lightning Owned the Night

Ten different players had points, and Darren Raddysh’s five assists set a franchise record for defensemen. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 25 shots he saw to record his second shutout of the season. Tampa went 3-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Lightning were on top of their game, and the Flyers were unable to stop the bleeding.

Tampa Bay overwhelmed the Flyers with a four-goal outburst. Two at even strength and two on the power play in the opening 11 minutes of the game. They generated nine of the game’s first 10 shots on goal.

Tampa defenseman Darren Raddysh collected three assists  —  two secondaries and one primary — on the game’s first three goals. Victor Hedman wristed a point shot through a partial screen for a 1-0 lead. Nick Paul scored a power play goal in a scramble near the net after Ersson couldn’t prevent a rebound. The third goal, scored by Conor Sheary. Ersson was beaten over the pad and below the glove on a routine looking and clear sighted shot from above the hash marks. With Tampa back on the power play, the Flyers paid the price for multiple failed clears and the deadly Brayden Point scored on a rebound in the center slot.

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Need For A Bounce Back

Tampa made it 5-0 in the second period. Stamkos threaded a seeing-eye pass through Marc Staal to Anthony Duclair, who scored near the left post. Tampa scored their sixth goal. From the center slot, Hedman scored his second goal of the game. Tampa struck for their third power play goal of the game on a Brandon Hagel shot under the crossbar

After they play the 16-40-7 Sharks, the Flyers have seven straight games against teams in playoff position. They have two vs. the Bruins, two vs. the Maple Leafs. one vs. the Panthers, one vs. the Rangers, and one vs. the Hurricanes.

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.

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