TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Vincent Lecavalier #4, Victor Hedman #77 and Adam Hall #18 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after scoring during the third period of a Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 27, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning Down the Philadelphia Flyers

It seems as though the Philadelphia Flyers forgot to save some goals for Sunday night (1/27).  After embarrassing the Florida Panthers the night before (1/26) by a 7-1 score, the Flyers only managed a single goal against the Lightning and Anders Lindback en route to a 5-1 defeat. The Philadelphia Flyers, a team some feel is overrated, started the season 0-3-0. From there, the team won games against the Rangers and Panthers before losing to the Lightning.

There always seems to be a headline of some sort other than simply the final score when these two teams meet. The big story after this game was Vincent Lecavalier dropping the gloves with young tough guy Luke Schenn. Both players landed punches in what was a pretty evenly matched fight. However, in the end, the Lightning came out winning that battle. The fight took place about 4 minutes after the Flyers scored a soft goal against Lindback just 59 seconds into the game when Sean Couturier flipped the puck from the corner  into the goal crease. A seemingly unsuspecting Lindback allowed the puck to squeeze in between his legs and into the net for a goal. The fight between Vinny and Schenn occurred moments later, and it was all Lightning from there. B.J. Crombeen was sent off for 6 minutes of penalties after scrapping with Wayne Simmonds. This resulted in a 4 minute power play for the Flyers. The Lightning easily killed the penalty, allowing only one shot on goal during the penalty kill. This added to momentum already gained from Lecavalier’s fight, and scored on a power play. From there, the Lightning would score 2 goals in the opening period.

The Lightning would end up running away with the game after a quiet second period by scoring two goals in the third and final frame. Goals from Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos eventually made the score 5-1, the score the Lightning would go on to win by. Other goal scorers for the Lightning included Teddy Purcell, Eric Brewer, and Lecavalier. The other big story of the game was a quiet second period for the Lightning. The Lightning have been outscored heavily in the second period, and found a scoreless second period to be a pleasant occurrence. Another positive for the Lightning: special teams. The special teams were indeed special against the Flyers, as they killed 6 of 6 penalties and scored on 2 of 4 power plays; both areas a big concern for the team going into the season. Lindback was up to the task, making a few huge saves on high percentage stops on his way to stopping 24 of 25 shots. Although the Lightning still took more penalties than desired, the team seemed to have more control of emotions, even after watching Captain Vinny drop the gloves. The Lightning are off today and are looking forward to Tuesday night (1/29) when they meet up for the first time against the another rival, the Florida Panthers.

Other Notes…

Rookie Cory Conacher was quiet for the first time this season. His point streak ended at four games, as he only had no points and one shot on goal in 12:57 of ice time… Steven Stamkos remained quietly hot, tallying an assist and a goal which extended his point streak to 5 games… Martin St. Louis had a 4 assist game… Per Hockeyfights.com: Vinny’s fight against Schenn was his first fighting major since February 3, 2009 against Islanders player Tim Jackman… The Lightning have led the southeast division since the opening night of the season and now lead the Eastern Conference by a single point… The Lightning are tied with the St. Louis Blues for 2nd place in goal differential with a +11. The San Jose Sharks are first with a +15… The Lightning are also tied with the Blues for 1st place in goals for with 24. The Blues, however, have played one extra game… Eric Brewer totaled 2 goals in 104 previous games with the Lightning; he has 3 goals in 5 games this season.

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