The Tampa Bay Lightening accepted a win over the Philadelphia Flyers last night, helping to keep their winning streak alive. After winning their third straight, the Bolts recorded a much appreciated 2 points, putting them just 7 points behind a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia Flyers played a strong, aggressive game, firing 38 shots on their opposition’s net minder. However, the Flyers determined attitude wasn’t enough to tamper the Bolts. Tampa Bay Lightning’s goaltender Dwayne Roloson was named the games first star – a well deserved title. The Ontario native stopped 38 of 41shots, leading his team to last night’s victory.
Mid way through the first, Tampa’s Ryan Malone scored, giving his team the one goal advantage. Steven Stamkos also went on to score that period, netting his 53 of the season. Scoring as well for the Bolts were Tom Pyatt, J.T. Wyman and Martin St. Louis, all in the third.
But the game wasn’t over yet. Wayne Simmonds put the Philadelphia Flyers just one goal behind the Bolts just 3:21 into the second period. The Flyers continued to trail until rookie Matt Read backhanded the puck past Roloson, tying the game.
Tampa didn’t let their lead slip for long. St. Louis scored at 2:27, giving his team a 3-2 lead. However, the Flyers hope of tying this game once again was demolished when Matt Carle mishandled the puck behind teammate Bryzgalov’s net, letting it slip in front of the crease, leaving the puck to be tipped by Wyman. Bryzgalov unsuspecting, let the puck shoot past him.
The Flyers were soon rewarded with a power play, which Scott Hartnell answered quickly. Capitalizing with a slap shot, the Hartnell scored, leaving the game in a one-goal difference. Just minutes later victory was once again snatched from the Flyers sight, as Pyatt tallied an empty-netter in the dying seconds of the game.
The Tampa Bay Lightening celebrated a 5-3 win, leaving the Philadelphia Flyers pointless for the night. The Flyers now sink down 4 points behind inter-state rivals Pittsburgh Penguins.