Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning tops Flyers

TAMPA — Anders Lindback knows there is doubt, knows there are those waiting for the Lightning, without injured goaltender Ben Bishop, to fold.

Lindback, though, Tampa Bay's little-used backup, chooses to ignore the naysayers.

"I play for myself and my teammates," Lindback said. "That's the most pressure I can get from anyone. It's as simple as that."

Lindback was simply superb again Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with 34 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Flyers, an important win in the Lightning's quest for home-ice advantage in its first-round playoff matchup with the Canadiens.

To get that advantage, Tampa Bay must pass Montreal in the Atlantic Division standings. The Lightning (44-27-9) trails by a point, 98-97, but can earn home ice with 101 points if it wins its final two games. Montreal, a 2-0 loser to the Islanders on Thursday and with one game left, can reach only 100.

"That's what we've been striving for," Lindback said. "We know how big home ice is and how great our fans are."

The Lightning had to dig deep against the hard-skating Flyers, who had a 36-30 shot advantage.

Tyler Johnson's 24th goal set a team rookie mark. Richard Panik scored his first goal since Dec. 19 for a 2-1 lead 4:33 into the third period. And Eric Brewer's second goal of the season made it 3-1 at 9:43.

It was 3-2 with 7:38 left when Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat scored one for the Flyers by inadvertently deflecting in Sean Couturier's flip backhand. But Steven Stamkos' 25th goal, on the power play with 5:46 left, re-established the two-goal cushion.

There also was this: defenseman Radko Gudas, with Lindback down and out of position, manning the goal line and taking Adam Hall's backhander off his chest to preserve the 3-1 lead with 8:43 left in the third.

"Did he save that with his beard?" Johnson said.

"Guys want to win. They're competing. They're battling," coach Jon Cooper said. "Guys are roping shots, diving in front of them. That's a big reason we're a playoff team this year."

But the bottom line was Lindback, who is 7-12-2 in 22 games but has stopped 59 of 61 shots in two wins since he took over for Bishop on Tuesday against Toronto.

His desperation glove save on Philadelphia's Tye McGinn in the first period brought a huge cheer from the announced sellout crowd of 19,204. His save on Hall's shorthanded breakaway in the second got him a standing ovation.

"Even though I've struggled, I've always trusted myself," Lindback said. "But this is only two games. It's nothing to hang my hat on. The upcoming here, that's what's really going to matter."

Damian Cristodero can be reached at View his blog at Follow him on Twitter at @LightningTimes.

Lightning 1 0 3 4
Flyers 0 1 1 2
Lightning 1 0 3 4
Flyers 0 1 1 2

First Period1, Tampa Bay, Johnson 24 (Stamkos, Kostka), 2:00. PenaltiesKucherov, TB (hooking), 3:51.

Second Period2, Philadelphia, Simmonds 27 (Giroux, Voracek), 18:39 (pp). PenaltiesHartnell, Phi (interference), 4:32; MacDonald, Phi (interference), 12:47; Johnson, TB (tripping), 18:11.

Third Period3, Tampa Bay, Panik 3 (Hedman, Kostka), 4:33. 4, Tampa Bay, Brewer 2 (Johnson, Palat), 9:43. 5, Philadelphia, Couturier 12 (Streit), 12:22. 6, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 25 (Filppula, Hedman), 14:14 (pp). PenaltiesSustr, TB (interference), :35; Hartnell, Phi (holding), 13:19. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 12-15-9—36. Tampa Bay 10-11-9—30. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 1 of 3; Tampa Bay 1 of 3. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Emery 8-12-2 (30 shots-26 saves). Tampa Bay, Lindback 7-12-2 (36-34). A19,204 (19,204). T2:25.

Lightning tops Flyers 04/10/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 12:19am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.