Flyers play lights out in 6-2 thrashing of Tampa Bay

Jackie Spiegel, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

PHILADELPHIA — Tuesday night had it all.

A grand return. A highlight-reel goal. The Flyers holding the NHL’s top power play off the board. Strong play once again from Sam Ersson — and a power outage.


But in the end, all that mattered was that the Flyers nabbed two points critical points with a 6-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It ended a two-game losing streak and gave the Flyers their second win in six games and staved off the teams trailing them in the standings.

First, Bobby Brink returned with a power surge all his own. The forward was recalled from Lehigh Valley on Tuesday and lit the lamp on his first shift in the NHL since Jan. 15.

Taking a pass from Morgan Frost, he skated into the Lightning zone and sent a wicked wrister ripping past Andrei Vasilevskiy from between the circle. The puck did flutter and may have clipped defenseman Calvin de Haan on the shot across the grain. It was Frost’s first NHL goal since New Year’s Eve in Calgary.


And then the lights went out. Well, some of them.

With several scoreboards and lights out on the east side of the arena, including parts of the concourse and press box, and the audio out after a transformer blew, the game was delayed for roughly nine minutes with 13 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first period.

A few of the lights, and the audio, came back midway through the second period — the Wells Fargo Center crew, fittingly, played the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” — but until then it was lit enough to keep going despite there being no visible clock in the arena.

So as shadows danced around the rink like the days of yesteryear, and as Jakub Voracek’s favorite singer, Bruce Springsteen once said, the Flyers and Lightning went dancing in the dark.


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