The Tampa Bay Lightning got back in the regulation win column with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The victory marked the second win over the Flyers in less than a week and their ninth straight over Philadelphia.
Tuesday was the second game without Brayden Point in the lineup. A number of contributors stepped up in the winning effort. Two depth pieces of the club even added their first goals of their Lightning careers. With such a dynamic piece of their lineup out, they will need to continue to get contributions from different players each night.
Let’s breakdown what we took away from the big win.
1. Bogo Tees it High
On the day that Zach Bogosian shared that he would be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the Lightning and their families, Bogosian scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning. Even winning a Stanley Cup and beginning his second tour of duty in Tampa, Tuesday marked his first with the club and his first goal since the 2019-20 season. Bogo’s booming one-time goal in the opening minutes would prove to be the game winner and Bogosian would later add an assist on Steven Stamkos’ goal in the second period.
2. “The Worm” Gets the Monkey off His Back
Corey Perry also notched the first of his Lightning career on Tuesday night. The 36-year-old Perry has scored almost 400 goals in over 1,100 NHL games. While the rugged winger is no longer expected to score 30 goals a year, the scoring drought had to be weighing on him. Perry led the league in goals during the 2010-11 season and has a ton of pride. You could feel a sense of relief when he picked the top corner for his first goal with the Lightning to give them a 3-0 lead. That goal may be a moment where Perry is able to build even more confidence in his game and allow him to contribute even more on the scoresheet.
3. Vasi’s First Shutout
Andrei Vasilevskiy was outstanding once again in Tuesday night’s win. He has been very good in recent game’s but has not dominated the headlines. The win over Philadelphia marked Vasilevskiy’s first shutout of the season. The wins have still been coming for Vasi and the Lightning and the absence of a shutout from his record this season was not a pressing topic of conversation. After shutout performances in all four series clinching wins in last year’s playoffs, how could you really top that?
4. Shutting it Down
After losing two goal leads in each of the last two games, the Lightning entered the third period with a 3-0 lead and slammed the door on the Flyers. Tampa Bay did a solid job of limiting the high danger chances for the Flyers and never let them come close to getting back into the game. Vasilevskiy stopped all the chances the Flyers were able to create in the third, but some of his most important on the night came in the first period while the Lightning were chasing the game more.
5. Kid Line Knocking on the Door
The line of youngsters Boris Katchouk, Ross Colton and Taylor Raddysh continue to generate chances. The trio has just one goal between them so far while Katchouk and Raddysh are still looking for their firsts in the NHL. They have continued to create scoring chances and have regularly been coming close to putting one in. Between the three, they generated eight shots on goal on Tuesday and continue to see an increase in ice time. They have been utilized against a variety of matchups and have done a particularly solid job of cycling the puck and creating some extended shifts in the offensive zone.