Philadelphia-Tampa Bay: Flyers Get Struck By Lightning, Lose 4-1

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2009

The Flyers had all the momentum in their favor when Joffrey Lupul netted the first goal of the game in the second period. Then the bottom dropped off. T

he Tampa Bay Lightning scored three goals in 2:03 in the second period to take a 3-1 lead heading in to the third period.

The Lightning took over the Flyers from the the middle of the second period on. The Flyers just didn't seem to match the intensity that their opposition brought tonight.

They did, however, lose their top defensemen late in the first period when a Mike Richards wrist shot deflected off a Lightning players skate and up in the mouth of Timonen, he was helped off the ice bloodied and did not return due to a slashed lip.

"We're not paying a big enough price to win hockey games right now. It's not the way you want to play, our commitment to defense is just not there," coach John Stevens said. 

"They(Lightning) have played very well lately, and they came in here and played with a lot of desperation, and we didn't math their at all." 

If things couldn't have gotten any worse for the orange and black, Vinny Lecavalier was awarded a penalty shot after being slashed by Scott Hartnell and put his 18th goal of the season between Marty Biron's five-hole to make it 4-1.

While watching the game, I started to think what Glen Metropolit brings to this squad. I came to this conclusion: nothing. 

Listen, I like Metro. He's a nice guy always willing to talk to me and the other media, but I just don't think he is bringing much to the team at this point.

The Lightning got goals from Martin St.Louis, Andrej Meszaros, and Ryan Craig. After those three goals, the Flyers looked lost and didn't know how to rebound. The Flyers are two weeks away from the All-Star break and these are games the Flyers can't afford to lose.

Lightning goaltender Mike Smith was absolutely all over the place as well as sloppy. I have never seen a goalie worse on his feet, but somehow the Flyers could only get one goal by him in 31 shots. The Lightning had 44 shots on Biron and no defense was visible tonight after Timonen went down.

The good news for the Flyers, if any, is that they get to stay in the Sunshine State as they will face-off against the Florida Panthers tomorrow night at 7:30.

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