Philadelphia has been brought back down to earth
The Lightning chased the Flyers out of the arena with a 5-1 blowout. Peter Laviolette gave Michael Leighton the start in goal against Tampa, his first of the year. That, however, did not bode well for the Flyers.
Sean Couturier nabbed the 1-0 lead for the Flyers early in the first. His 36ft wristshot ended up in the net, giving Philly the early advantage. Tensions brewed throughout the opening act, as Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, and Luke Schenn were all involved in skirmishes with the Lightning. The flyers were awarded a four-minute power play, but they were unable to capitalize.
A Wayne Simmonds penalty elicited a Lightning power play towards the end of the period. Florida methodically moved the puck from the near side to the far side of the ice. A wide-open Teddy Purcell made no mistake, tying the game 1-1. They stole the lead 1:36 later after Eric Brewer scored on a 55 ft snapshot. Then, a Mike Knuble penalty cost the Flyers another goal, as Vincent Lecavalier put the Lightning up 3-1 to end the first period.
The Lightning commenced the rout in the third, as Victor Hendman and Steve Stamkos scored. Those two strikes put the game to bed, and ended the Flyers’ Florida tour 1-1.
After two straight wins, the Flyers now stand at 2-4. They return up North, and will visit the prestigious Madison Square Garden. They play the Rangers Tuesday, as the puck is set to drop at 7PM.