PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their dominance over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon and ended their 10-game home winning streak.
Ryan Malone scored two goals, and ex-Flyer Matt Carle (two assists) was plus-6 in the Lightning's 6-3 win at the Wells Fargo Center.
Tampa Bay has won six of its last seven games against the Flyers, who are 3-9-1 against the Lightning in the last three-plus seasons.
The Flyers had a significant territorial advantage and outshot the Lightning, 38-25, but they suffered their first home loss since Nov. 7, a 3-0 defeat to New Jersey.
Malone iced the win with an empty-net goal.
Steve Mason, for one of the few times this season, struggled in the net. Though the defense wasn't much better, Mason allowed five goals on 17 shots in two periods and was replaced by Ray Emery at the start of the third period.
"We didn't help him," said winger Wayne Simmonds, referring to Mason. "I think we played like garbage defensively. I thought we had all the chances in the world offensively; we were clicking. We've just got to get that defensive game back tight."
The Lightning scored two goals in the final 4 minutes, 19 seconds of the second period to take a 5-3 lead. Valtteri Filppula got free from Steve Downie and scored on a rebound to make it 4-3 with 4:19 left in the second. A little over three minutes later, Marty St. Louis one-timed a right-circle shot past Mason, finishing a three-on-two that resulted after a poor Flyers line change.
"We left Mase out to dry a little bit," captain Claude Giroux said.
Mason allowed four second-period goals, and he surrendered five goals for the first time in his 41 games with the Flyers.
"That wasn't very good. I need to be better than that," Mason said, adding that he would like the chance to redeem himself Sunday night against the Rangers but it wasn't his call.
The Lightning scored off three odd-man rushes in the middle period.
"But you have to find ways to make the saves," Mason said. "I wasn't able to come up with any big saves."
The Flyers wasted Jake Voracek's two-goal performance.
Simmonds (power-play rebound) and Voracek scored 3:21 apart in the second period to knot the score at 3. Voracek maneuvered around three defenders to get off his shot.
Earlier in the period, Voracek took a long pass from Giroux and scored on a breakaway to get the Flyers to within 2-1. But just 44 seconds later, Malone finished off a two-on-one to give the Lightning a 3-1 cushion.
Tampa had struck first as Alex Killorn's left-circle shot deflected off the stick of defenseman Mark Streit and past Mason, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead after just 4:33.
From that point, the Flyers dominated the first period, outshooting Tampa Bay by 12-1 over the last 15:27, but Lightning goalie Anders Lindback had all the answers.
The Flyers controlled the opening minutes of the second period, but Mason allowed a soft goal -- Malone's right-circle shot went between his legs with 14:39 to go.
"They try to get you into a run-and-gun game," Mason said about Tampa, which used to play a trapping, defensive style a few years ago. "They have small, fast forwards, and that type of game plays into their comfort zone."
Breakaways. The Flyers, who are one point ahead of the Rangers heading into Sunday night's matchup, wasted a five-on-three for 1:46 in the first period and are just 1 for 8 with a two-man advantage this season. ... Left winger Tye McGinn, in his first game since being recalled from the Phantoms for the fourth time this season, played on the fourth and third lines. ... The Flyers killed three penalties, running their streak to 22 over the last seven games.
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