Thunderstruck: Tampa Bay Lightning Dominate Philadelphia Flyers Again
Leaving their unsightly new uniforms on the shelf until next season, the Tampa Bay Lightning donned the ole Black and Silver while leaving the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers, black-and-blue for the third time this season with a 4-0 rout.
Dwayne Roloson was unreal again between the pipes for the Bolts, making 38 saves in route to his fourth shutout victory in 11 starts with Tampa Bay.
Steven Stamkos earned his 39th goal of the season, while suddenly hot Teddy Purcell scored twice.
Tampa Bay improved to 3-0 against the Flyers and inched closer in the Eastern Conference standings, now trailing Philadelphia by just two points (Philly does have a game in hand on Tampa Bay).
It was also the Lightning's sixth straight victory (dating back before the All-Star Break).
Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals choked away a two-goal lead against Montreal and fell in overtime, allowing the Lightning to pad their advantage in the Southeast division to five points.
It was a strange game for the Lightning, who were badly out-shot 38-22, something you normally don't see on a Guy Boucher coached Tampa Bay team.
Roloson was just that good—weathering every Flyer barrage and getting a couple bounces here and there, too.
Tampa Bay jumped on young goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, scoring three times in six shots, prompting Flyer coach Peter Laviolette to pull the netminder for veteran Brian Boucher.
Boucher would stop the bleeding for awhile, but as Philadelphia kept banging on the door, Roloson wouldn't allow them in.
The Lightning are now 3-0 in the first leg of their 12-game home stand. Next up for Tampa Bay—another showdown with the Caps.
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