After a desperation victory for the Flyers Friday, Philadelphia has taken two steps back. They may be the final ones to seal the nail in the 2013 coffin.
The Philadelphia Flyers slouched to defeat in Tampa Monday. They lost 4-1 to the Lightning, in another lackluster third period. Controversy peaked in the second period, as Scott Hartnell was benched in favor of Zac Rinaldo.
In the first period, Philadelphia started off behind. Ondrej Palat scored on an 18ft wrist shot to give the home squad the lead. Max Talbot backhanded a game-tying goal into the net, and the Flyers returned to even terms. Tom Pyatt of the Lightning tipped in a second goal, and Tampa led after one.
A memorable second period was highlighted a silly penalty. Scott Hartnell was involved in an incident resulting in a penalty. Hartnell went to the box, and then was sat down for Zac Rinaldo after serving his penalty. With adversity in front of them, Claude Giroux lifted his team with an unassisted goal to tie the game heading into the third period.
A classic Hollywood ending was on tap. Unfortunately, the script favored Tampa Bay. Teddy Purcell broke the tie, and put the Flyers on the ropes. Philadelphia would not respond, and allowed a late empty-netter for Steven Stamkos.
Philadelphia fell to 13-16-1, and is left with a do-or-die situation. Their season could end Sunday, as they will play Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM at the CONSOL Energy Center.