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Lightning 5, Flyers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 5, Flyers 1
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
Three Stars of the Game
Mathieu Garon
1st
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 30-31
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .969SH: 0-0
Steven Stamkos
2nd
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:18
Steve Downie
3rd
Steve Downie
RW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:59

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NOTEWORTHY

  • Victor Hedman left the game in the first period and did not return
  • Of 14 total home games, tonight's sellout crowd brings the total to 8 sellouts at the St. Pete Times Forum this season, in which a capacity crowd of 19,204 has filled the seats to cheer on the Bolts
  • Victor Hedman left the game in the first period with an upper body injury. He did not return. The Lightning also played the game without Matt Gilroy and Ryan Shannon, who missed the game due to injuries.
  • Steven Stamkos' two goals give him 22 for the season, tying Marion Gaborik of the New York Rangers for the NHL lead.
  • Stamkos' goals gave him 11 and 12 at home this season. He also has 10 tallies on the road.
  • Bruno Gervais scored his third goal to opening the scoring. His three goals in a season tie a career high, which he notched three times as a member of the New York Islanders.
  • Tampa Bay scored four goals on its first 12 shots.
  • The Lightning allowed only three shots on goal in the second period. That was the lowest single-period total since they allowed two at St. Louis on Nov. 12.
  • The Lightning were outshot 17-5 in the first period. Mathieu Garon stopped 16 of those Flyer attempts for a 1-1 tie after one.
  • Tampa Bay improved to 10-1-0 when leading after two periods this season.
  • The Lightning improved to 12-3-1 in games where it has scored three goals or more.
  • Martin St. Louis has one goal and three assists in the three games since returning from injury following his assist in Stamkos' second goal.

The Tampa Bay Lightning forwards turned the tables on the NHL’s highest scoring team Tuesday night.

They even got some help from their goaltender, too.

Steven Stamkos had two goals, Martin St. Louis added a pair of assists, and Mathieu Garon stopped 31 of 32 shots to help the Lightning coast to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the St. Pete Times Forum.

“It’s huge,” Stamkos said of the win. “We talked about it before the game, how we wanted to take away their time and space. I think we frustrated them a little bit, and it wasn’t the prettiest game we played, but we’ll take the win and hopefully this will start something good.”

Philadelphia entered the contest with a league-leading 119 goals scored on the year, but fell to 1-3-1 in its past five games.

Bruno Gervais and Steve Downie each scored for the Lightning, who have now earned points in four of their past five games.

Vincent Lecavalier also added a late goal in the third period for Tampa Bay.

The Flyers had their fair number of scoring opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize despite holding a 17-4 advantage in shots through the first 20 minutes, as well as a 12-4 margin in the third period.

“It was frustrating,” Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr said. “We didn’t score goals on our chances in the first period when we outshot them. It seems nothing went our way. Two weeks ago, everything went our way. That’s the business.”

Stamkos snapped a 1-1 tie after backhanding a rebound off Brett Clark’s initial shot from the point past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov just over seven minutes into the second frame.

Downie extended the Lightning lead to two just 4:16 later, converting a shot from Pavel Kubina that bounced off a skate, deflected off the end boards and right back to the Bolts forward who wristed one into an open cage.

Bryzgalov gave up Tampa Bay's first three goals on just eight shots.

“How can I describe it?” Bryzgalov said. “What do you think? We lose 5-1. How do you think I feel about my game? What do you think?”

Scott Hartnell scored the lone goal for the Flyers, beating Garon at 18:14 of the first to erase a one-goal deficit nearly nine minutes after Gervais opened the scoring with his third of the year.

Garon settled in after that, coming up with several highlight-reel stops that proved him worthy of earning the game’s First Star honors.

Making his ninth consecutive start, the Lightning net minder made a spectacular left pad save on Hartnell’s breakaway attempt early in the period after denying both Matt Read and Danny Briere from in close. He also made an additional stop on a solid chance by Claude Giroux late in the game.

“Sometimes, as a goalie, you have to make one key save a game,” Garon said.

Garon has appeared in 14 of his team’s past 16 games and has seemingly supplanted Dwayne Roloson has the club’s primary goaltender.

“Their goalie played an outstanding game,” Bryzgalov added of his counterpart in net.

Philadelphia went almost 10 minutes without a shot in the second, finishing with a total of just three in the period.

Stamkos’ second of the night came on the power play with Flyers forward Maxime Talbot in the box for a two-minute boarding call and an additional infraction for unsportsmanlike conduct. Stamkos made the most of the chance, taking a cross-crease feed from Downie and lifting a shot above Bryzgalov’s pad for a 4-1 lead with 1:15 remaining in the second.

Lecavalier closed the scoring with his 12th of the year with one minute left in regulation.

Defenseman Victor Hedman left the game in the first with an upper-body injury and did not return.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:34
TBL
Bruno Gervais (3) ASST: Adam Hall (2)
1 - 0 TBL
18:14
PHI
Scott Hartnell (17) ASST: Claude Giroux (27), Jaromir Jagr (19)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:25
TBL
Steven Stamkos (21) ASST: Brett Clark (5), Ryan Malone (10)
2 - 1 TBL
11:41
TBL
Steve Downie (5) ASST: Teddy Purcell (13), Pavel Kubina (5)
3 - 1 TBL
18:45
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (22) ASST: Steve Downie (6), Martin St. Louis (15)
4 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
19:00
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (12) ASST: Martin St. Louis (16)
5 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:09
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Hooking against  Jakub Voracek
19:00
TBL
Steve Downie  Tripping against  Wayne Simmonds
2nd Period
02:22
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Slashing against  Andrej Meszaros
09:36
PHI
Harry Zolnierczyk  Slashing against  Mathieu Garon
12:29
TBL
Ryan Malone  Misconduct (10 min)
12:32
TBL
Ryan Malone  Misconduct (10 min)
12:32
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Misconduct (10 min)
12:32
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Brewer
12:32
TBL
Eric Brewer  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
15:45
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Boarding against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
15:45
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
03:23
TBL
Dana Tyrell  Hooking against  Claude Giroux
04:22
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Unsportsmanlike conduct
04:22
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:36
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Elbowing against  Blair Jones
19:36
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
14-8-3
SA: 16TOI: 60:00
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .688SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .969SH: 0 - 0