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Lightning defeat Flyers, get 10th win in row with second straight shutout

Vasilevskiy makes 23 saves, Maroon scores only goal

by Adam Kimelman / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Vasilevskiy blanks Flyers

TBL@PHI: Vasilevskiy posts second consecutive shutout

Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 23 saves to blank the Flyers and earn his second consecutive shutout

  • 02:24 •

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves for his second straight shutout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning matched their record with a 10th straight win, 1-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Pat Maroon scored for Tampa Bay (27-13-4), which also won 10 in a row from Feb. 9-27, 2019.

The Lightning matched the longest winning streak of this season; the New York Islanders won 10 straight from Oct. 12-Nov. 5.

 

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"The vibe has been great in the room," Lightning forward Yanni Gourde said. "Everybody's been chipping in. It's been a lot of fun."

Carter Hart made 27 saves for Philadelphia (23-16-6), which had won five in a row at home.

"We needed to execute better than we did to give ourselves a real chance," Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "It was hard to navigate the neutral zone tonight and sustain anything. We had a few looks but the goalie turned them away."

Video: TBL@PHI: Maroon fires quick shot past Hart

The shutout was Vasilevskiy's 20th in the NHL. He defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Thursday and has not allowed a goal in 145:55. He's 8-0-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in his past eight games.

"I've said this before, a shutout is something the whole team deserves," Vasilevskiy said. "Team played great defensively, all the defensemen and forwards. Tonight one goal was enough for us to win because we played good defensively."

It's the third straight game the Lightning have their opponent to 25 shots on goal or fewer, and they're allowing 28.8 shots per game during their winning streak, down from 32.0 in their first 34 games.

"I think it's just all five guys on the ice really clogging the middle of the ice and allowing [Vasilevskiy] to see most of the pucks," Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman said. "I think it's just a team effort of really being cognizant about our own end. We can see when we play good there we spend more time in the offensive zone. That's been the key for us."

Maroon scored his first goal in 24 games at 7:27 of the second period. Anthony Cirelli backhanded the puck high into the Flyers zone, and Maroon and Niskanen tried gloving it, but it landed at their feet and Maroon knocked the bouncing puck under Hart's glove for his sixth of the season.

"We had chances on the power play (0-for-3, one in the third period)," Philadelphia forward Kevin Hayes said. "We didn't make it work. When you have four or five chances on the power play, you've got to get some of your chances. I thought that was the difference tonight."

 

They said it

"The work's sound and we have to keep good focus and do not stop now that things are great. It can change real fast. Just have to keep working hard." -- Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

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"Both [penalty kills] were good, both goaltenders were good, not a lot of room. You knew you needed your skill players to make a play for you, or you need to get a dirty, greasy goal by throwing and getting people in front of the net. We tried but we weren't able to." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

 

Need to know

The Lightning have scored 12 straight goals, from the second period of their 9-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Their record is 14 set across four games from Feb. 14-18, 2019. ... The Lightning penalty kill is 25-for-26 in the past eight games. ... Point had a seven-game point streak end (four goals, six assists). ... Maroon left the game 1:47 into the third period with an apparent injury to his right shoulder after falling into the end boards after becoming tangled with Hayes. Cooper did not give an update on Maroon's condition.

 

What's next

Lightning: At the New Jersey Devils on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, SUN, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Boston Bruins on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NBCSP, NESN, NHL.TV)

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