HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers took leads of 3-1 and 5-3, but Tampa Bay's league-leading offense clawed back into the game and the Lightning took an eventual 7-6 shootout win.
Nolan Patrick, Jake Voracek and Robert Hagg all scored in the first period to give the Flyers a 3-1 advantage in the first intermission, and after the Lightning tied it in the second, Jori Lehtera made it 4-3 Flyers at the second intermission.
Ivan Provorov picked up an early third-period goal, but Tampa Bay scored the next three to take a 6-5 lead. Claude Giroux tied the score with 2:53 left in regulation, and after a scoreless overtime period, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos tallied shootout goals to give the Lightning the extra point. Petr Mrazek stopped 29 of 35 in the SOL, while Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 of 43.
Today's turning point was a three-goal outburst from the Lightning in the third period that changed the game. In a span of just over five minutes from the 15-minute mark to the 10-minute mark, Tampa got goals from JT Miller, Stamkos and Hedman to go from a 5-3 deficit to a 6-5 lead... The Flyers would get one back to force overtime, but the Lightning rode their momentum to kill a penalty in overtime and score twice in the shootout for the victory.
1. Steven Stamkos: Recorded a five-point day, the first five-point game of his career, with two goals and three assists including 1g-1a in the third period, then sealed the win with a shootout goal.
2. Victor Hedman: A four-point game with a pair of goals and an assist while also logging over 28 minutes of ice time for the fifth straight game.
3. Ivan Provorov: Had three points with a goal and two assists, including the primary helper on the game-tying goal late in the third. Also had a plus-2 rating with five shots on goal.Video: PHI@TBL: Provorov scores off face-off in the 3rd
STATS & STORYLINES
The Flyers played their eighth game decided by overtime/shootout in their last 14 contests and overall, have played 21 games past regulation this season... The Lightning on the hand have played five straight games that have gone to either OT/SO, winning four of the five.Video: PHI@TBL: Giroux buries loose puck, ties game late
POINTS A PLENTY
The game featured 12 goals, which is the second-most ever in a game between the Flyers and Lightning. Tampa Bay won an 8-7 contest in regulation on November 18, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center... Five different Flyers had multi-point games - Provorov, Giroux, Jake Voracek (1G 1A), Nolan Patrick (1G 1A) and Valtteri Filppula (2A).
PATRICK MAKES 11
Nolan Patrick's goal gives the Flyers 11 players who have scored 10 goals or more this season, which is the most in the NHL and is the most since they also had 11 players in the 2011-12 season, five of which are still on the team (Giroux, Voracek, Read, Couturier & Simmonds).Video: PHI@TBL: Patrick taps in Giroux's pass for PPG
The point gives the Flyers a record of 8-1-4 in daytime starts, including 7-0-2 in their last nine afternoon starts... The Flyers will put that record to the test as they face the Panthers in a 3 p.m. start tomorrow in Sunrise.
The Flyers were 40-for-67 on faceoffs (59.7 pct) on the game, including 19-for-27 (70.4 pct) in the third period and overtime. Sean Couturier was 8-for-8 in the third and OT and was 12-for-16 (75 pct) on the game; Claude Giroux was 9-for-12 (75 pct) in the third and OT and was 14-for-22 (68 pct) on the game.
16 of the 18 Flyers skaters recorded a shot on net today with Shayne Gostisbehere leading all players in the game with eight shots... Ivan Provorov recorded his fourth career three-point game and third this season... The Flyers have now earned points in four of the last five games played at Tampa (2-1-2).
The Flyers head to South Florida to take on one of the NHL's hottest teams in the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Puck Drop is 3 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic.
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