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POSTGAME 5: Lightning strikes Flyers

Flyers shut out, 3-0, by visiting Lightning to end homestand

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POSTGAME REPORT: PHI 0, TBL 3

Interviews & Analysis after a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay

Interviews & analysis after a 3-0 Flyers loss to Tampa Bay

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Tampa Bay posted one goal in each period, while goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots to pitch a 3-0 shutout victory over the Flyers in their Saturday matinee.

Tampa opened up the scoring on a power-play goal from Tyler Johnson, despite the Flyers having three opportunities on power plays of their own and out-shooting the Lightning, 12-6… Ondrej Palat padded the Tampa lead off a 3-on-2 rush, cutting to the center of the ice and beating Mason stick side from the slot to make it 2-0 in the second frame. The Flyers were playing a man down with forward Chris Vandevelde not returning after the first period with an upper-body injury.

Palat then flipped a perfectly timed pass to the side boards to Jonathan Drouin, who made a nice move on Steve Mason in the third period. Mason finished the game with 15 saves on 18 shots.

2. THE TURNING POINT

A partial break by Jonathan Drouin five minutes into the third period gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead from which the Flyers couldn't come back. Forward Ondrej Palat threw a pass up high and along the boards to a cutting Drouin, who used his speed to get around Jakub Voracek and go in all alone from the right side. Moving to his left, Drouin took a shot across his body and beat Mason.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Andrei Vasilevskiy: Stopped all 32 shots he faced including 13 in the third period and withstood five Flyer power plays.

2 - Ondrej Palat: Recorded the Lightning's second goal of the day, and set up a Jonathan Drouin with a nice pass for the third and final goal.

3 - Victor Hedman: Logged over 23 minutes in the game and was a +1.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers wrapped up their four-game homestand today with a 2-1-1 record… Overall they are 5-4-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.

* The Flyers had 70 shot attempts compared to 29 for Tampa Bay.

* Today was the first time the Flyers have been shut out this season. The last time they were held scoreless in the regular season was a 3-0 loss at Detroit on Apr. 6.

* Today was the first time this season the Flyers have gone three straight games without a power play goal.
 
* The Flyers were shut out by the Lightning for only the fifth time since Tampa Bay joined the league in 1992… Four of those five shutouts have been here in Philadelphia with the last time coming on January 28, 2006 (6-0 L).

* Today's shut out also ended a streak of 14 straight games a Flyers defenseman has recorded at least a point.

* Shayne Gostisbehere returned to the lineup after sitting out on Thursday - he logged over 23 minutes of TOI to lead all players in the game (23:32).

* Ivan Provorov played 22:15, which is the most minutes he has played this season in a game that did not go past regulation.

5. THEY SAID IT

"You get on the board first and it maybe changes the momentum of the game. We weren't able to do that and we made a mistake to give up the first goal. Actually, we made a couple of mistakes on their rush opportunities for the first two goals. That turned things their direction."
- Dave Hakstol

"Yeah, we were not good. We had one power play against Winnipeg if I am not mistaken. In the first period I think we were outstanding. We lost it in the zone but three times for almost two minutes. Sometimes you get the bounces that you don't get in the other games. Sometimes that power play isn't working your way but you still get the shots through and some lucky tips. Like I said it's what happens. We just have to make sure we keep working on it. I think, if I am not mistaken we are still top five in our league, but you are right that tonight we didn't score on the power play. It was key."
- Jakub Voracek on the power play

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