In the first 3-on-3 overtime period in NHL history, Tampa Bay’s Jason Garrison converted a breakaway for his second goal of the game and gave the Lightning a 3-2 win. Tampa Bay got on the board first 1:25 into the second period on Garrison’s first goal, but the Flyers responded with two goals less than two minutes apart, from Matt Read at 10:14 and Brayden Schenn at 12:03. Ryan Callahan evened it with 1:38 to play in the frame, which set the stage for the overtime period. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop stopped two Flyers penalty shots, from Claude Giroux in the first period and Scott Laughton in the overtime period, and finished with 23 saves on 23 Flyers shots. Steve Mason absorbed the loss with 29 saves on 32 Tampa Bay shots.
A power-play goal at the end of the second period knotted the score at 2-2 and turned the tide for the Lightning entering the third period… Ryan Callahan scored from a sharp angle when he fired the puck off of Mason and into the net with 1:38 left in a second period that saw the Flyers score two goals 1:51 apart to overcome a one-goal deficit… After a wild overtime period that saw multiple chances and eight shots on goal in under three minutes, the Lightning would take the extra point on a Jason Garrison breakaway.
First: Jason Garrison - He posted the first goal of the night for the Lighting and the last goal of the night… His breakaway tally in overtime gave the Lightning an overtime victory… He also led the Lightning with four shots on goal.
Second: Ryan Callahan - Scored the game-tying goal late in the second period to even things up and give the Lightning momentum entering the third period… Callahan also added an assist on the first Tampa goal.
Third: R.J. Umberger - Umberger kicked off the season with two assists, including a nice feed to Brayden Schenn on the power-play that gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead… It was his first multi-assist game since Dec. 31, 2013 when he had two assists for Columbus at Colorado.
Tonight’s game was the first 3-on-3 overtime game in NHL history. The two teams combined for eight shots in 2:17 of 3-on-3 play… The Flyers were awarded two penalty shots in the same game for the first time in franchise history… The Flyers have now missed six consecutive penalty shots... Their last successful attempt was scored by Matt Read on November 13, 2011 at Florida against Jose Theodore… Evgeny Medvedev recorded his first career point with an assist on Brayden Schenn’s power-play goal… Michael Del Zotto led the team in ice time in the game with 23:18… Fourteen of the 18 Flyers skaters registered at least one shot on goal in the game.
“I think that’s what the league was trying to get – some wide open hockey, and that’s exactly what it was.” (Steve Mason).
“You need a good strategy to score. There were a couple chances back and forth, and when you have a chance, you’ve got to bury it. It’s too bad we didn’t get the win, because we played pretty well.” (Claude Giroux)
“I thought [the second and third lines] did their job. They had guys chipping in. We need four lines to be able to go and for us to be able to play the game we want to play, with energy and pace. I thought all four of our lines gave us that tonight. I thought we had good consistency with our group of six on the back end as well.” (Head Coach - Dave Hakstol)