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POSTGAME 5: Quick strikes doom Flyers

Pair of third period goals seconds apart lead to 4-2 loss to Lightning

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Giroux, Hakstol & Mason on 4-2 loss at Tampa Bay

Claude Giroux, Dave Hakstol and Steve Mason discuss the Flyers' 4-2 loss at Tampa Bay

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The Flyers recovered from a slow start to take control of the game and get out to a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, but two quick strikes by the Lightning and a goal in the last two minutes led to a 4-2 Tampa win.

Victor Hedman gave the Lightning the early lead, scoring with three seconds left in the first period in which the Flyers were out-shot 12-2… Dale Weise drew the Flyers even with his second goal in as many nights, while Ivan Provorov scored his first NHL goal late in the second period pinching in from the left side and firing under the arm of Vasilevskiy. After only two shots in the first period, the Flyers fired 22 shots in the second.

The Lightning then got a pair of goals 12 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead and Nikita Kucherov added the fourth goal with 1:15 left in the game to seal a second win over the Flyers in the last four days.

It was just 12 seconds in the third period that turned the tide from the Flyers playing ahead to playing from behind… Up 2-1 past the 15-minute mark of the third period, Alex Killorn capitalized on a bouncing puck to tie the game up… Ryan Callahan then shocked the Flyers seconds later by driving to the net and tapping a puck past Mason to immediately take a 3-2 lead which proved to be the difference in the game.


1 - Ryan Callahan: Recorded the game-winning goal in the third period… It was his 18th goal and 31st point in his 42nd career game against the Flyers.

2 - Alex Killorn: Recorded one goal, the game-tying goal in the third period, on three shots.

3 - Ivan Provorov: Recorded two points on the night, including his first NHL goal while logging 20:31 and blocking four shots.


* The two shots in the first period were a season-low for the Flyers for shots in a period, while the 22 shots they had in the second period were a season-high.

* After going scoreless in two straight games, the Flyers defense recored three points… Ivan Provorov had a goal and an assist, while Mark Streit also had an assist… The Flyers defense now has 14 goals and 44 assists for 58 points this season to lead the NHL.
* Ivan Provorov scored his first professional goal and posted his second multi-point game of the season. Provorov now has nine points on the season, which ranks third among all NHL rookie defensemen.
* The Flyers went 10-for-11 (91 percent) on the penalty kill over the two-game trip.

* The Flyers return home to host the New York Rangers on Friday afternoon (1:00, NBC, 97.5 The Fanatic).
"Too many penalties overall tonight. It disrupts the flow of the game and taxes the guys that are constantly on the penalty kill."
- Steve Mason

"It's disappointing. We battled so hard today and had so many penalty kills. The boys put their bodies on the line."
- Ivan Provorov

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