|TBL||4||3||1||(0 - 0)||8|
|PHI||5||2||0||(0 - 0)||7|
Just five days ago, as a result of a tough stretch in which the Tampa Bay Lightning were getting chances but no results, Head Coach Guy Boucher remained confident that the goals would eventually come.
Boy, did they ever.
Steven Stamkos registered his third career hat trick with a game-tying power-play goal at 18:59 in the second period that drew the score even at seven, and set a career-high with five points as the Lightning came from behind to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 8-7 Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The 15 goals scored in the contest were the most in an NHL game since Tampa Bay lost 8-6 to Calgary on Dec. 13, 2007, and the first period’s nine-goal total was the most in the opening frame through all games this season.
Fourteen different Lightning players registered at least one point, while 15 Flyers also landed on the score sheet.
“They were trying to do the same things we were,” Malone said. “We just wanted to throw pucks on net and sometimes it just goes like this.”
Martin St. Louis established a career-high record with five assists and Adam Hall, Brett Clark and Ryan Malone each had first-period goals for Tampa Bay, who won its second straight on the road after dropping five straight away from home. The Lightning also tied a franchise record for most goals scored in a single contest on the road, while Philadelphia saw its seven-game home winning streak come to an end.
Nikolay Zherdev scored twice for the Flyers, and Danny Briere, Andrej Meszaros, Scott Hartnell, Jeff Carter and Andreas Nodl also had a goal each. Brian Boucher gave up four goals on 22 shots in relief of starting net minder Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed as many goals in the first 20 minutes.
Philadelphia opened scoring to go up by a pair of early goals just 42 seconds apart. First, Nodl put back a rebound at 4:21, then Zherdev doubled the lead at 5:03 with a wrist shot past Ellis.
Ellis stopped six of 10 shots, but yielded duties to Mike Smith with five minutes remaining in the first period. Smith finished the night with 19 saves.
Stamkos, who leads the NHL with 35 points, cut the deficit in half on the power play at 8:20 in the first when Martin St. Louis left the puck for the Lightning forward at the right circle. As St. Louis skated in, he stickhandled through the slot and dropped a backhand pass for a trailing Stamkos, who wristed one into the top left corner. The NHL’s top teammate scoring duo each extended point streaks to seven games, tying a season-high team record.
Hall knotted the score 16 seconds later when he put back a shot in the crease. Jeff Carter’s goal at 9:51 regained the Flyers lead, but Malone made it 3-3 with a shot from the right circle with the man advantage.
“I had three chances,” Malone said. “Marty kept giving me great passes and I tried to get at a lower angle, but I had three great chances there and one of them went in.”
Each team found the back of the net again within the final five minutes of the first as Hartnell and Briere gave Philadelphia a 5-3 lead before Clark brought it to within one before the first horn. Clark’s goal was his second straight in as many nights after tallying a power-play goal last night on Long Island.
Stamkos tied the game at five with a wrist shot below the crossbar at 4:11 of the second, but Zherdev’s seventh of the year put Philadelphia back up by one 48 seconds later.
“They’re a tough team,” Hall said. “They’ve got some great players and some great shooters, but ultimately we wanted to stick to our game plan and play our style tonight.”
Meszaros and Downie traded goals 14 seconds apart midway through the second to make it 7-6 at 9:41.
Stamkos added his last of the night with a goal late in the second period and Nate Thompson put one in to open the third, which capped the scoring.
“It was crazy. I’ve never been involved in anything like this at any level,” Stamkos said. “It’s fun to be a part of it and it’s fun to contribute, but at the end of the day, we wanted to win this game.”
|Andreas Nodl (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (1), Michael Richards (12)|
1 - 0 PHI
|Nikolay Zherdev (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Carle (5), Michael Richards (13)|
2 - 0 PHI
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St Louis (15), Dan Ellis (1)|
2 - 1 PHI
|Adam Hall (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Nate Thompson (5), Victor Hedman (7)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jeff Carter (9) Snap shot - ASST: James van Riemsdyk (5), Sean O'Donnell (2)|
3 - 2 PHI
|PPG - Ryan Malone (3) Slapshot - ASST: Martin St Louis (16), Teddy Purcell (8)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Braydon Coburn (1) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Carle (6), Ville Leino (13)|
4 - 3 PHI
|Daniel Brière (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Hartnell (7), Sean O'Donnell (3)|
5 - 3 PHI
|Brett Clark (4) Slapshot - ASST: Dominic Moore (3), Victor Hedman (8)|
5 - 4 PHI
|Steven Stamkos (18) Snap shot - ASST: Martin St Louis (17), Mike Lundin (5)|
5 - 5 Tie
|Nikolay Zherdev (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Darroll Powe (4), Chris Pronger (7)|
6 - 5 PHI
|Andrej Meszaros (1) Wrist shot - ASST: James van Riemsdyk (6), Blair Betts (4)|
7 - 5 PHI
|Steve Downie (3) Snap shot - ASST: Martin St Louis (18), Steven Stamkos (15)|
7 - 6 PHI
|PPG - Steven Stamkos (19) Snap shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (9), Martin St Louis (19)|
7 - 7 Tie
|Nate Thompson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Dana Tyrell (2), Sean Bergenheim (5)|
8 - 7 TBL
|Chris Pronger Interference against Martin St Louis|
|Matt Carle Hooking against Steve Downie|
|Claude Giroux Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Teddy Purcell Too many men/ice - bench|
|Nate Thompson Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Michael Richards Hi stick - double minor against Pavel Kubina|
|Steve Downie Slashing against Andreas Nodl|
|Steven Stamkos Tripping against Michael Richards|
|Michael Richards Hooking against Steven Stamkos|
|Daniel Brière Holding the stick against Pavel Kubina|
|Andrej Meszaros Clipping against Dana Tyrell|
|Andrej Meszaros Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Pavel Kubina Interference against Kimmo Timonen|
|SA: 10||TOI: 15:34|
|Saves: 6||EV: 5 - 9|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .600||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 22||TOI: 44:26|
|Saves: 19||EV: 13 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .864||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 22||TOI: 38:14|
|Saves: 18||EV: 8 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 11|
|SV%: .818||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 11||TOI: 20:00|
|Saves: 7||EV: 3 - 5|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 6|
|SV%: .636||SH: 0 - 0|