Lightning snap Flyers' 4-game winning streak

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

Published in Hockey

PHILADELPHIA -- Deafening cheers reverberated around the Wells Fargo Center as Super Bowl-bound Eagles coach Doug Pederson dropped the ceremonial first puck Thursday night before the Flyers faced Tampa Bay.

They would be the loudest cheers of the night.

Tampa Bay, the NHL's top team, scored three second-period goals en route to a 5-1 win, snapping the Flyers' four-game winning streak.

All-star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves to improve his record to 29-9-2. A late goal by Travis Konecny prevented him from collecting his eighth shutout of the season.

As the final minutes wound down, the fans sang "Fly Eagles Fly" and chanted E-A-G-L-E-S.

Konency's power-play goal got the Flyers to within 3-1 with 6 minutes, 42 seconds left. It was his fourth goal in the last four games and 10th of the season.


But the Lightning iced the win 47 seconds later as Vladislav Namestnikov scored after a dazzling setup by Nikita Kucherov. Namestnikov closed the scoring with 2:49 remaining.

Second-period goals by Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, and Ryan Callahan (short-handed) gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead as they avenged last month's 5-3 home loss and raised their road record to 17-7-2, best in the NHL.

Twenty-five seconds into the middle period, Point spun away from Claude Giroux, got position on Robert Hagg, and scored on a point-blank backhander to put the Lightning ahead, 1-0.

Gourde, a 5-foot-9, 172-pound rookie who went undrafted, scored his 17th goal to increase the lead to 2-0 with 10:04 left in the second. Matthew Peca was allowed to skate in, and Michal Neuvirth turned aside his shot, but Gourde knocked in the rebound.


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