The Flyers scored three goals in the third period to power over the Lightning and win their fifth straight game.
The Lightning scored first in this one when Ryan Shannon finished off an impressive pass from Dominic Moore, who has three points in his last two games.
Tampa Bay's one goal lead disappeared in the second period when Danny Briere and Jaromir Jagr each scored within 34 seconds of each other. On both goals, the Lightning lost the puck at the blue line and the Flyers jumped on the turnovers to take their first lead of the game. Both goals beat Mathieu Garon glove-high .
Then, at 14:49 of the second period, Wayne Simmonds extended Philadelphia's lead when his backhand pass in the crease bounced off of Brett Clark's foot, and ricocheted into the net.
But, Vincent Lecavalier's wrist shot cut the lead to one for Tampa Bay 55 seconds into the third period. Unfortunately, the Lightning were on the bad end of a poor penalty call when Steve Downie was called for boarding after a clean hit behind the Flyers net. The penalty led to Matt Carle scoring a power play goal, giving the Flyers a 4-2 lead.
Garon undoubtedly was Tampa Bay's best player in the loss; he came up with some pivotal, timely saves that kept the game competitive for the Lightning. Without his standout play between the pipes, the Flyers' high powered offense could have easily scored more goals.
The reason for the loss is simple. The Lightning didn't shoot at the net enough, just like have in the last few outings. Tampa Bay has not scored more than three goals since its 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers on Nov. 6.
If Tampa Bay is going to turn things around they must get back to basics. Shoot at everything and give up getting the pretty shot. Nothing bad can result form shooting the puck too much. The lack of offense is costing Tampa Bay some crucial points and they need a turnaround, quick. Scoring two goals a game is not going to cut it.
The Lightning also have to get things going on the man advantage. They were 0-for-3 with only two shots on the power play before Lecavalier's goal.
After tightening up on defense in the first period, the Tampa Bay Lightning did exactly the opposite in the second, which caused their lead to disappear.
First, a Tampa Bay turnover on the blue line led to Wayne Simmonds setting up Danny Briere, who put one in behind Mathieu Garon. Quickly after that, the Lightning turned it over again in the neutral zone, eventually leading to a Jaromir Jagr goal, which gave the Flyers their first lead of the game. Briere and Jagr’s goals came within 34 seconds of each other.
At 14:49, Wayne Simmonds wheeled around and attempted to backhand the puck in the crease. His shot ricocheted off of Brett Clarks foot and went in past Garon, giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
Although Garon has given up three goals, he has been the best player for Tampa Bay tonight and has made some huge saves to keep the Lightning in the game.
The woes on the power play continue for Tampa Bay on the road. In the first period, the Lightning had two power play chances and failed to capitalized on either of them. For each man-advantage chance, the Lightning lacked puck control and had close to zero time in the offensive zone.
The Lightning did score first when Ryan Shannon finished off a pass from Dominic Moore. Victor Hedman also assisted on the goal.
After the goal, the Lightning continued to generate pressure in the offensive zone and began getting more quality scoring chances on Bryzgalov.
Tampa Bay will begin the second period on the power-play. Let’s see if they can start getting some goals on the man advantage and build on the 1-0 lead.