Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning roars back to top Flyers (w/ video)

TAMPA — It wasn't as if Andrei Vasilevskiy was going to pitch a shutout for the rest of the season.

Turns out, he didn't need to.

Goals by Alex Killorn and Ryan Callahan 12 seconds apart keyed a third-period comeback in the Lightning's 4-2 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

"We got the talent here to do that, that's for sure," Callahan said.

The Lightning was 0-for-3 on the power play during the third, but Killorn said it created enough momentum during those situations to carry over to when the teams played 5-on-5.

"We had the puck in their zone for most of those power plays," he said. "You're not going to score on every one, but it's huge, and it carries through to 5-on-5. I thought our third period was (the best) of all three periods."

Killorn finished off a 3-on-2 rush when he slipped a backhander past Flyers goalie Steve Mason at 13:28 to tie the score at 2.

"I drove the net, and Slater (Koekkoek) misses (on a shot), but it ends up a pretty fortunate bounce for me in front of the net," Killorn said. "It was kind of a tough angle. I was just hoping it went in."

Amalie Arena announcer Paul Porter began to announce the goal but was interrupted when Callahan gave the Lightning the lead 12 seconds later. "I wasn't even watching," Killorn said. "I don't think a lot of us (on the bench) were watching the play. It happened so quickly. It kind of just changes your mind-set. Now you have the lead. You have to play good defensive hockey."

Nikita Kucherov add his 10th goal of the season with 1:45 left to finish the scoring.

Philadelphia did find a way to put a puck past Vasilevskiy, ending his scoreless streak that grew to nearly three games' worth of time. Dale Weise beat Vasilevskiy on the glove side at 6:06 of the second period to tie the score at 1.

It was the first goal allowed by Vasilevskiy in 178 minutes. The goalie entered the night riding back-to-back shutouts, including in his previous start at Philadelphia, and with the NHL's best goals-against average (1.43) and save percentage (.953).

The Flyers, who played the Panthers on Tuesday night in Sunrise, made it 2-1 at 19:05 of the period when Ivan Provorov scored his first goal of the season, converting a cross-ice pass from Matt Read.

The Lightning tested Mason, playing on back-to-back nights, with a strong first period the featured three power plays and a dozen shots on goal. Hedman scored the game's first goal on a shot from just inside the blue line with three seconds remaining in the first period and the Lightning on a power play.

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First1, TB, Hedman 4 (Point, Palat), 19:57 (pp). PenaltiesNesterov, TB, (delay of game), 5:12; Giroux, PHI, (tripping), 9:49; Cousins, PHI, (boarding), 13:38; Phi bench, served by Konecny (too many men on the ice), 18:18.

Second2, Phi, Weise 2 (Vandevelde, Provorov), 6:06. 3, Phi, Provorov 1 (Read, Streit), 19:05. PenaltiesCondra, TB, (hooking), 10:24; Callahan, TB, (slashing), 13:39; Simmonds, PHI, (interference), 14:16.

Third4, TB, Killorn 8 (Koekkoek, Namestnikov), 13:28. 5, TB, Callahan 2 (Point, Johnson), 13:40. 6, TB, Kucherov 10 (Filppula, Palat), 18:45. PenaltiesVoracek, PHI, (roughing), 2:46; Gostisbehere, PHI, (interference), 6:04; Giroux, PHI, (holding), 9:26; Callahan, TB, (tripping), 15:01. Shots on GoalPhi 2-22-7—31. TB 12-9-8—29. Power-play opportunitiesPhi 0 of 4; TB 1 of 7. GoaliesPhi, Mason 5-7-3 (29 shots-25 saves). TB, Vasilevskiy 6-1-1 (31-29). A19,092 (19,204).

     
                                                   
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