The Lighting were hosted by the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center for their second of four matchups this season. This time around, veteran ex-Flyer, Simon Gagne, was not back to the place that he had called home for 10 years.
Gagne missed one helluva game.
Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky was in net to start his 12th straight game, tying Ron Hextall for most consecutive starts by a Flyers rookie netminder.
It was questionable whether Bob was becoming fatigued. He had come off a 3-0 loss in Montreal two games earlier. After the game he was asked if he gave up the second goal, a weak shot that slipped through his 5-hole, due to lack of concentration from overplaying, Bobrovsky replied, “It shows, on one hand. The pressure isn’t light. But on the other hand it’s easier to get ready to the next game that way. You’re always in game form.”
Bobrovsky stated twice this week that he was feeling a bit tired. Yet Peter Laviolette went on and started him once again.
The Flyers had an exploding start to the game notching a goal about four minutes into the game then doubling that 40 seconds later. Tampa Bay retaliated with a pair of goals themselves, a power play goal by hotshot scorer, Steven Stamkos and a wrist shot by Adam Hall merely 16 seconds later.
The scoring didn't stop there. Philadelphia added another three, while the Lightning got two more by the first buzzer. The players fell three short of tying a record for combined goals in a period.
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The pace of the game picked right up going into the second period. At this point, Ellis and Bobrovsky have both been pulled for their counterparts, Mike Smith and Brian Boucher. Philly added two while the Bolts netted three more. After 40 minutes, both teams were tied at seven.
Five minutes into the third, Tampa Bay scored the tie breaker with a shot from Nate Thompson. The Flyers had 15 minutes to tie it again, but could not capitalize. Andrej Meszaros had two penalties in one hit with four minutes left, ensuring the Flyers wouldn't get the upper hand.
A small bit of hope came when TB was called with 70 seconds left. Philadelphia almost got the tie having multiple scoring chances in the last seconds, but just couldn't finish it off. Tampa Bay topped the Flyers with the lone goal that came five minutes into the third.
That was what happens when two teams have a defense that fails to show up, fatigued or sub-par goaltending, and phenomenal offensive power.
The Flyers failed to get revenge on the Lightning, who beat them on October 14, but will look to even things out with Washington on Saturday, and Montreal on Monday.