Lightning Defeat Flyers 7-6 In Wild Shootout

posted by Jason Barringer -

The Tampa Bay Lightning (45-17-4) overcame a two-goal third period deficit before finding a way to knock off the Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-11) 7-6 in the shootout.

The first period was a tough contest for the home team, who fell behind early when Nolan Patrick scored a power play goal to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.  Though Steven Stamkos answered just over a minute later to tie the game 1-1 on the power play, the Flyers got goals from Jakub Voracek and Robert Hagg to go into the first intermission leading 3-1 and looking like they might run away with this one.

The Lightning answered with a much better second period, beginning when Victor Hedman scored at the 5:57 mark to cut the Philadelphia lead to 3-2.  Dan Girardi was able to tie the game 12:47 into the frame, but again the Flyers pushed back.  Jori Lehtera gave Philadelphia a 4-3 lead with under four minutes to go in the second, and Ivan Provorov scored barely a minute into the third period and again, it looked as though Philadelphia might run away with this game.

The Lightning used a huge six-minute stretch in the third to turn the fortunes of this game, beginning when J.T. Miller scored his first goal as a Lightning to cut the Philadelphia lead to 5-4.  Steven Stamkos scored at the 7:38 mark to tie the game, and when he assisted on Victor Hedman's go ahead goal with 9:57 to go in the game, it was a career high five points for Stamkos.  The Lightning played well as the third period progressed, trying to hang on to a 6-5 regulation win, but Claude Giroux scored with 2:53 to go that tied this game 6-6 and forced overtime.

After a scoreless overtime that saw Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy make some huge saves, the game went to a shootout.  Tied 0-0 after the first round, Brayden Point scored a shootout goal in the second round and Steven Stamkos added one in the third round to win the shootout 2-0 and this wild game, 7-6.  Andrei Vasilevskiy went 37-for-43 in net for the Bolts, and in spite of allowing six goals, was unbelievable in overtime to put Tampa Bay in position to get a huge second point.  Petr Mrazek went 29-for-35 in net in the losing effort for Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay's long homestand continues on Tuesday night as Florida visits Amalie Arena.  Faceoff between the Lightning and Panthers is scheduled for 7:30 on Tuesday night in downtown Tampa - pregame coverage gets underway at 6:30 PM on News Radio 970 WFLA.


SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

1. PHI - PPG - Patrick - (Giroux, Voracek) - 7:08

2. TBL - PPG - Stamkos - (Hedman, Kucherov) - 8:16

3. PHI - Voracek - (Patrick) - 14:30

4. PHI - Hagg - (Laughton, Provorov) - 18:07

2ND PERIOD

1. TBL - Hedman - (Stamkos, Kucherov) - 5:57

2. TBL - Girardi - (Stamkos, Hedman) - 12:47

3. PHI - Lehtera - (Weal, Filppula) - 16:15

3RD PERIOD

1. PHI - Provorov - (Filppula) - 1:06

2. TBL - Miller - (Gourde, Point) - 4:23

3. TBL - Stamkos - (Kucherov, Killorn) 7:38

4. TBL - Hedman - (Stamkos) - 10:03

5. PHI - Giroux - (Couturier, Provorov) - 17:07

OVERTIME

(None)

SHOOTOUT -

1. TBL - Conacher - Save

2. PHI - Couturier - Save

3. TBL - Point - GOAL

4. Phi - Patrick - Save

5. TBL - Stamkos - GOAL

PENALTY SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

1. TBL - Vasilevskiy - (Tripping) - 6:22

2. PHI - Giroux - (Slashing) - 7:54

3. TBL - Sergachev - (Hooking) - 16:02

4. TBL - Gourde - (Roughing) 18:16

5. PHI - MacDonald - (Roughing) - 18:16

2ND PERIOD

1. TBL - Point - (Slashing) - 0:26

3RD PERIOD

1. TBL - Cirelli - (Hooking) - 4:49

OVERTIME

1. TBL - Kucherov - (Hooking) - 1:37


SHOTS ON GOAL

Tampa Bay - 35

Philadelphia - 43

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