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Lightning top Flyers for fourth consecutive win

Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 32 saves for second straight shutout

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves for his second consecutive shutout when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Vasilevskiy hasn't allowed a goal in the past 151:36, dating to the second period against the New York Islanders on Nov. 10. He made 34 saves in a shutout against the Islanders on Monday.

"I'm playing more games and I am feeling more confident, plus our guys have played so well the last couple of games," Vasilevskiy said.

Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin each scored for the Lightning (12-6-1), who won their fourth straight, all on the road.

 

WATCH: All Lightning vs. Flyers highlights 

 

Flyers goalie Steve Mason made 15 saves. It was the first time the Flyers (8-8-3) were shut out this season. They entered Saturday third in the NHL at 3.33 goals per game.

Philadelphia also had the No. 2 power play in the League (27.0 percent), but went 0-for-5, including scoreless on three chances in the first period.

"A few times we had good looks but we missed the net or it got blocked or he made a good save," Flyers defenseman Mark Streit said. "They played a smart road game and we just didn't push enough. We didn't push enough on the gas and didn't generate enough offensively."

The Lightning led 2-0 entering the third period but had to kill the final 46 seconds of a penalty on defensemen Andrej Sustr. They got through that, and then Drouin scored after a rink-wide stretch pass from Palat. Drouin carried the puck down the right side of the Flyers zone, used his body to shield the puck from Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere when he cut through the slot and found space between Mason's body and left arm.

"I saw [Palat] had full control and the [defensemen] were flat-footed so I decided to leave the zone," Drouin said. "[Palat] made a great play behind my back on the boards and we got a breakaway out of it."

Drouin had missed the final 4:40 of the first period and the first 10:34 of the second after taking a hit by Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.

"Just doing the tests and making sure I was fine," Drouin said. "When the tests were good and it felt pretty good, I was ready to come back."

The Lightning were playing with 11 forwards and also had lost forward Ryan Callahan for some time early in the second period.

"[Drouin] came back just in the nick of time," Cooper said. "… I look up and saw him back and said thank goodness."

Palat gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead at 7:40 of the second period when he took a drop pass from Vladislav Namestnikov and beat Mason with a wrist shot.

Video: TBL@PHI: Palat's wrister doubles Lightning's lead

Johnson's power-play goal put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 at 14:25 of the first period. Alex Killorn made a seam pass off the rush that split Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds and Michael Del Zotto to an open Johnson, who scored from the bottom of the right circle.

 

Goal of the game

Johnson started and finished his goal, driving to the right post and being in the right spot to receive Killorn's pass.

Video: TBL@PHI: Johnson buries Killorn's pass for PPG

 

Save of the game

Flyers center Nick Cousins got into the slot and tipped Ivan Provorov's point shot, but Vasilevskiy made a save on a bouncing puck at 16:24 of the first period.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Simmonds got the puck deep in the Lightning zone and tried centering it for captain Claude Giroux, but Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman lifted his stick at 7:32 of the second period. Namestnikov picked up the loose puck and started the play that led to Palat's goal.

 

Highlight of the game

Drouin's goal at 4:26 of the third was started by Palat after the Flyers dumped the puck behind the Lightning net. He skated out along the goal line and threw a rink-wide diagonal pass off the wall that caromed right to Drouin, who broke in and scored.

Video: TBL@PHI: Drouin breaks away to pad Bolts' lead

 

They said it

"In today's day and age it's tough to play somebody 70-plus games. You need two [goaltenders] to give yourself a chance. We're in an extremely fortunate situation to have two guys the caliber of [Andrei Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop] -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

Video: TBL@PHI: Cooper lauds goalies, Drouin after win

 

Need to know

The Flyers are 0-for-10 on the power play in the past three games after scoring at least one man-advantage goal in five straight. … The Lightning entered Saturday with the No. 3 power play in the League; they were No. 28 last season.

 

What's next

Lightning: At the Nashville Predators on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, SUN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, CSN-PH, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Vasilevskiy makes 32 saves, blanks Flyers, 3-0

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