Center Nate Thompson returned to game action tonight after he missed the previous game with an upper body injury.
Claude Giroux, who came into the game leading the NHL in scoring, left in the second period due to an injury and did not return.
Philadelphia changed goaltenders with just over 12:30 left in the third period. Ilya Bryzgalov started the game and was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky.
Vincent Lecavalier's third period power play goal ended a 2-for-31 road-game stretch on the man advantage for the Lightning.
The Flyer outshot the Lightning 17-6 in the final two periods.
He got both on Saturday night, but his club didn’t come away with a victory.
Shannon opened the scoring to put Tampa Bay up 1-0 after taking a cross-ice pass from Dominic Moore and burying a wrist shot to the short side at 11:52 to beat Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Saturday marked the fourth time in five matches that the Lightning put the game’s first goal on the board, but have failed to earn a win in each.
“We were very aggressive, finished our checks and gave them a hard time getting out of their zone,” Lightning assistant coach Martin Raymond said. “We were really happy with the way we played in that first period.”
It all changed rather quickly.
A pair of goals 34 seconds apart to open the second period gave Philadelphia its first lead of the game.
First, Daniel Briere beat Garon up high at 2:38 before Jaromir Jagr broke a 1-1 tie from the high slot just over three minutes into the frame after Nate Thompson lost the puck at center ice.
The win was the fifth straight for the Flyers, who now sit atop the 15-team Eastern Conference with 39 points. It was somewhat overshadowed, however, by the loss of NHL-leading point getter Claude Giroux, who left in the second period after taking a knee in the head from teammate Wayne Simmonds.
Matt Carle and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, which prior to Saturday, had lost four of the previous five to Tampa Bay dating back to last season.
Simmonds made it 3-1 while on the power play just before the second horn.
With Lightning defenseman Brett Clark in front of the net, Simmonds wheeled around the back of the cage and threw a backhand pass across the crease, which bounced off Clark’s skate and in with 5:11 to go.
The sequence marked the fourth time in five games that Tampa Bay has yielded three unanswered goals in a single period.
“We weren’t skating and moving in our feet to start the game,” Hartnell said. “But in the second, we threw pucks on net and when you do that good things happen.”
Even down a pair of goals, Garon redeemed himself with a highlight-reel save to help keep the deficit at two.
He first stopped an initial shot by Sean Couturier with the pad, then got his stick on the rebound not once, but twice, to keep the puck from going in.
The Lightning net minder bested the Flyers youngster again late in the third, sticking out the pad to deny Couturier from in close after taking a pass through the crease.
The momentum seemed to spark the Bolts down at the other end opposite Garon, as he kept things close for the better part of the game despite the Flyers outshooting the Lightning 32-19 at the end of 60 minutes.
A power-play goal by Vincent Lecavalier brought the score to 3-2 early on in the third after the Lightning captain sent a shot from the right circle past Bryzgalov off a feed from Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Bryzgalov finished the night with 14 saves on 16 shots for his fifth straight win, but headed towards the bench late in the third and was replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky.
Four minutes after Lecavalier brought the Bolts to within one, Carle made sure the momentum was short-lived, as his fourth of the year re-established his team’s two-goal lead.
Hartnell capped the scoring with an empty-net tally with 28 seconds to go.
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