The 4-game road trip got off to a rocky start for the Lightning on Tuesday night. The Flyers got two goals from Tom Sestito to beat the Lightning 2-1 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Bolts have now dropped two straight as their record falls to 6-3 on the season. Flyers improve to 4-6.
Both goalies—Anders Lindback and Ilya Bryzgalov—played well in the first period. Lindback made a great save on Danny Briere after a good centering pass by Claude Giroux. Bryzgalov made a terrific save on Steven Stamkos late in the first period on a one-timer. Lightning outshot the Flyers 8-6 in a scoreless first period. The highlight of the period was a nasty fight between Tampa Bay’s B.J. Crombeen and Philly’s Zac Rinaldo. Rinaldo got the upper hand and landed a couple of questionable blows while Crombeen was already down. Crombeen never returned.
Philly got on the board first in the 2nd period when Sestito came right off the bench and beat Lindback through the legs to make it 1-0 Flyers at the 4:25 mark. Prior to that, the Bolts could not convert on a power play. Stamkos was stoned again by Bryzgalov late in the second period after a turnover behind the Flyers’ goal. The Flyers outshot the Lightning 10-5 in the second period.
The Lightning turned up the heat in the 3rd period. Stamkos, Vinny LeCavalier and Martin St. Louis saw action at the same time and Bryzgalov continued to make some superb saves. Cory Conacher had an opportunity while driving to the net and was pushed into Bryzgalov, who appeared to be banged up but he stayed in the game. The Bolts finally broke through with 10:30 left when Teddy Purcell came behind the Philly net and delivered a beautiful pass Ben Pouliot in front to tie the game at 1-1. But less than 2-minutes later, Sestito scored again to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Mike Knuble was whistled for slashing with less than five minutes left but the Lightning came up empty again on the power play. Tampa Bay pulled Lindback but could not get that equalizer. Bryzgalov was outstanding with 21 saves. Lindback played well for the Lightning, stopping 22 shots. Tampa Bay went 0 for 3 on the power play.
The Lightning will continue their 4-game road trip on Thursday when they skate in New Jersey against the Devils. Coverage of that game begins at 6:30pm on 970 WFLA.