By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
Flyers start a weekend in the State of Florida as they take on Tampa Bay in a matinee. They look to tie a franchise record for consecutive road wins.
First period: The game opened with some back and forth hockey, until Vasilevskiy took a penalty for tripping. Now, the NBCSP feed went out for about five minutes, so we missed the Patrick powerplay goal, as well as a Stamkos powerplay goal. When the feed returned, it was a tie game. Voracek would score on his own rebound after he stole the puck from Coburn. The Flyers failed to capitalize on a powerplay but just seconds after it expired Hagg would score with a laser.
Second period: Philly got an early powerplay, but looked rather lifeless. Tampa would exploit their lack of energy as Hedman would score from the goal line as the puck bounced off of Filppula and past Mrazek. Girardi would be the next to find twine as his point shot tied the game up. The Flyers found themselves with a delayed penalty late in the period but Lehtera would score before the penalty was called, reclaiming the lead for the Flyers heading into the third period.
Third period: Provorov opened the period with a goal just 1:06 in. The Lightning then put their peddle to the metal as they scored three straight goals to take the lead. First Miller found a rebound and stuffed it home. Stamkos then buried a beauty of a shot on a two-on-one, and finished by a goal on a blast from the point by Hedman. Desperation paid off as the Flyers tied it up late thanks to a great keep by Provorov and Giroux stuffed it home to send the game to overtime.
Overtime: Kucherov took a penalty and the Flyers were handed a golden chance to end it, but they had another completely abysmal effort on the powerplay so the game headed to a shootout.
Shootout: Conacher and Couturier were both denied in the first round. Point scored for Tampa but Patrick couldn’t find the back of the net for Philly. Stamkos would snipe one to end the game giving Tampa the 7-6 win.
Takeaways: Phew, what a game. Yes, the Flyers blew three seperate leads in this game, but to hang with an overall powerhouse like Tampa is impressive. There were lots of strong individual efforts, but overall this wasn’t the prettiest game they could’ve played.
Three stars of the game:
3) Ivan Provorov
2) Victor Hedman
1) Steven Stamkos
PHI: Patrick (Giroux, Voracek)
TBL: Stamkos (Kucherov, Hedman)
PHI: Voracek (Patrick)
PHI: Hagg (Provorov, Laughton)
TBL: Hedman (Stamkos, Kucherov)
TBL: Girardi (Hedman, Stamkos)
PHI: Lehtera (Filppula, Weal)
PHI: Provorov (Filppula)
TBL: Miller (Gourde, Point)
TBL: Stamkos (Killorn, Kucherov)
TBL: Hedman (Stamkos)
PHI: Giroux (Provorov, Couturier)
photo credit: NHL.com