OT Goal from Connolly, Bolts Win 2-1

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

Tampa, Fla. (CBS) Two fierce competitors squared off at the St. Pete Times Forum Wednesday night, but it was the Lightning that came out victorious in a 2-1 overtime thriller.

Brett Connolly scored the winning goal for the Bolts, and with the win they have now sealed six straight games at home this season. The bolts have 18 points and are currently tied with the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the Southeast division.

The Flyers tried to weather the storm in the first period by wasting time with the puck to force the Lightning to forecheck, but the bolts didn’t bite and remained in their neutral 1-3-1 position until Philadelphia made some moves.

Strategizing only made things worse for the Flyers, who took a season-low 15 shots on goal while the Lightning sat back and played their game.

Three penalties during the second period allowed Scott Hartnell  to take advantage and score the first goal of the game on a power play to put the Flyers up 1-0.

Defenseman Marc Andre Bergeron knotted the game at 1-1 when he drove a slap shot into the left top shelf passed Ilya Bryzgalov for his third goal of the season.

In overtime, Dominic Moore handled the puck and brought it down center ice to put a shot on goal, which Connolly immediately cleaned up to hand the bolts their third consecutive overtime win.

With Philadelphia’s hide-and seek tactics, Dwayne Roloson had a fairly easy night with 14 saves.

Tampa Bay will travel to St. Louis on Saturday to face the Blues.


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