After winning six of its previous seven road games, the Tampa Bay Lightning felt very confident going into today’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers, who came in on a 10-game home win streak, found themselves surging and sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division after a dreadful opening to the season.
In what was a wild seven-goal period, Lightning backup goalie Anders Lindback came up with some vital saves that preserved a 5-3 lead for Tampa Bay headed into the third period. The Lightning were able to fend off a ferocious Flyers attack in the third period and eventually added an empty netter to win the game 6-3 and snap the Flyers streak.
Although Lindback had his best start since losing superstar goalie Ben Bishop, the Lightning used a complete team effort to take down Philadelphia. Defenseman Matt Carle and center Valtteri Filppula both had excellent games and their efforts gave the Lightning that extra push late in the contest. After facing no more than 25 shots in his previous starts, Lindback was constantly hounded throughout the game facing 38 shots and stopping 35 of them.
A key element to the Lightning win was the effort of the penalty kill. Tampa Bay was able to kill off nearly a full two minutes of a five-on-three man advantage that the Flyers were swarming on. After leading 2-0 and 3-1 midway through the game, the Flyers were able to rally and tie the game at three before the Lightning eventually prevailed and continued to show why they should be taken seriously on the road this season.