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Dwayne Roloson saves day as Tampa Bay Lightning beats Philadelphia Flyers 5-3

PHILADELPHIA — There is not much mystery to how the Lightning earned its 5-3 victory over the Flyers Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

In a game in which Tampa Bay was outshot 38-15, including 16-2 in a second period center Steven Stamkos charitably characterized as "not very good hockey from our standpoint," goaltender Dwayne Roloson stood as tall as he has all season.

"In a game like that," right wing J.T. Wyman said, "it's Roli coming up with really big saves."

Roloson made 35 for his third straight win. It also was the third straight for the Lightning (35-33-7), which has benefited from the goalie's mini resurgence.

Roloson has stopped 103 of 111 shots in his past three games for a .928 save percentage. He entered at .884. He also outplayed Ilya Bryzgalov, who is on a 10-2-1 streak and his string of allowing two or fewer goals in 11 straight games come to an end.

And Roloson upstaged Stamkos, whose 53rd goal surpassed the team mark of 52 he shared with Vinny Lecavalier.

"Roli was great again," Stamkos said. "He's been on fire lately. He's a big reason we're pulling out wins here."

"I don't live in the past I live in the now," Roloson said. "I'm just focused on what we need to do as a team to keep pushing."

The Lightning got a huge break when Flyers defenseman Matt Carle lost control of the puck as he carried it from behind his net. Wyman, standing in front, batted it past Bryzgalov to make the score 4-2 with 3:49 left.

"My eyes got as big as Ritz crackers waiting for it," Wyman said. "Luckily, Bryzgalov was out of his net looking down the ice and I just jumped on it."

Good thing because Scott Hartnell scored on the power play with 1:03 left to make it 4-3. Tom Pyatt scored his fourth goal in three games into an empty net.

Still, there was that second period in which the Flyers had Tampa Bay on its heels and scored twice to overcome the Lightning's 2-0 first-period lead built on Ryan Malone's shorthanded goal and Stamkos' tally with 1.4 seconds left.

Roloson's 14 saves kept Tampa Bay in the game. And after Marty St. Louis, off a pass from Tim Wallace, gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead with his breakaway goal 2:27 into the third, Roloson made it stand up with a sprawling save on Brayden Schenn at 9:32.

Roloson said he did not recall.

"For me, you have to forget if something happens," he said. "I'm focusing on each and every individual play. Every one is different."

But taken together, "It is a confidence boost," coach Guy Boucher said. "He's worked really hard on stabilizing his game. It's what he looked like before. He's just calm in nets."

No mystery there.

Lightning 2 0 3 5
Flyers 0 2 1 3

First1, Tampa Bay, Malone 15 (Smith), 8:08 (sh). 2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 53 (St. Louis, Purcell), 19:58 (pp). PenaltiesConnolly, TB (tripping), 6:13; Brewer, TB (interference), 10:03; Rinaldo, Phi, misconduct, 19:01; Briere, Phi (interference), 19:54.

Second3, Philadelphia, Simmonds 23 (Schenn, Kubina), 3:21. 4, Philadelphia, Read 22 (Timonen, Voracek), 18:18. PenaltiesCommodore, TB (hooking), 5:38; Rinaldo, Phi (cross-checking), 19:07; Malone, TB (tripping), 19:36.

Third5, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 24 (Wallace, Brewer), 2:27. 6, Tampa Bay, Wyman 2, 17:11. 7, Philadelphia, Hartnell 36 (Briere, Voracek), 18:47 (pp). 8, Tampa Bay, Pyatt 12 (Brewer), 19:56 (en). PenaltiesJagr, Phi (high-sticking), 4:33; Commodore, TB (hooking), 7:59; Smith, TB (delay), 17:59. ShotsTampa Bay 7-2-6—15. Philadelphia 10-16-12—38. Power playsTampa Bay 1 of 3; Philadelphia 1 of 6. GoaliesTampa Bay, Roloson 11-14-2 (38 shots-35 saves). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 32-15-7 (14-10). A19,590 (19,537).

Lightning 5

Flyers 3

Stamkos sets mark

Steven Stamkos breaks the franchise record for goals in a season with his 53rd against Philadelphia. Notebook, 2C

Dwayne Roloson saves day as Tampa Bay Lightning beats Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 03/26/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:43am]
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