Flyers Lose to Lightning 6-3

Published on January 11th, 2014

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday January 11, 2014 In this afternoon match-up, the Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 ending their 10-game home-winning streak.  It was their 1st loss at home since November 7, 2013.

For this game, Anders Lindback started in net for the Lightning and Steve Mason for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:

Giroux-Voracek-Raffl

Hartnell-Simmonds-B.Schenn

Lecavalier-Couturier-Downie

Hall-McGinn-Vandevelde

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Grossmann-Streit

Timonen-Coburn

L.Schenn-Meszaros

The Lightning struck early scoring at 4:33 of the 1st period when Alex Killorn snapped an impressive shot by Mason.  The Flyers mostly dominated this period outshooting the Bolts 15 to 7 but had nothing to show for it.  They had a number of quality scoring chances.  They had a 2-on-1 with Giroux and Voracek and a breakaway by Tye McGinn with each denied by Lindback.  Then closer to the end of the period, they failed to score on a 5-on-3 for 1:46 hitting one post.

Lighting made it 2-0 at 5:21 of the 2nd period when Teddy Purcell slipped a shot in.  It was one of the weaker goals Mason has given up this season.  Voracek had a breakaway goal at 6:44 to finally get the Flyers on the board.  However, the Lightning came right back with a 2-on-1 with Ryan Malone netting the goal to make it 3-1 at 7:28.  The Flyers made it 3-2 at 11:14 when Wayne Simmonds knocked in a rebound on the power-play.  Then Voracek embarrassed the Bolts with a tremendous individual play to tie the game 3-3 at 14:35.  Lightning quickly regained the lead at 15:41 when Valtteri Filppula backhanded it in.  Lightning star Martin St. Louis then followed with a goal at 19:03 to restore their 2-goal lead.

The Flyers replaced Mason in net with Ray Emery to start the 3rd period.  The move did not help jumpstart the team.  The Lightning clamped down defensively and kept the Flyers off of the board in this period.  Tampa Bay scored an empty-net goal at 18:12 to finish the scoring at 6-3.

On the loss, Flyers head coach Craig Berube said, “Second period we gave up three, four odd man rushes and they scored on three of them.  That’s basically it…We just didn’t play smart for about seven, eight minutes [in the] second period.”

He added, “That’s what it rolls down to in your system, being disciplined.  And we got away from it for a little bit in the second period and they capitalized on some odd-man rushes.  We talked about it before the game, we can’t give this team odd-man rushes.”

The Flyers’ next game is tomorrow in New York against the Rangers.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

 

 

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