March 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) celebrates his shorthanded goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Monday night, as Steven Stamkos scored his team-record 53rd goal of the season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are officially on a mini-winning streak. After winning their previous two games against the Islanders and Oilers, the Lightning put on a strong showing against the Philadelphia Flyers this Monday night, winning by a final score of 5-3.
The Bolts never trailed for the entire game, as they opened up the scoring with a shorthanded goal by Ryan Malone about eight minutes into the first period. Steven Stamkos put the cap on the first period with the Bolts' second goal, scoring a mere two seconds before the end of the period. The goal was Stamkos's 53rd goal of the season, a new single-season franchise record for the Lightning.
The Flyers came back and scored two goals in the second period, tying the game up, but the Lightning opened the third period with style. They put some early pressure on the Flyers' goalie, and Martin St. Louis snuck a goal by him to put the Bolts ahead for good. There was a flurry of action in the final three minutes, but despite some considerable pressure, the Bolts' defense hung on for the win.
Somehow, the Lightning won this game despite being out shot 38 to 15. While it helped that the Bolts were ahead for the entire game -- therefore, they didn't need to press the attack -- it was a remarkable performance for Dwayne Roloson in goal. He hasn't had many good games this season, but he gave the Bolts this win.
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