PHILADELPHIA (CBS) The Tampa Bay Lightning ended their road trip on a losing note Saturday night, falling 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers netted three goals in the second period to overcome an early Lightning lead to win its fifth consecutive game. The bolts have lost six of its last seven games, with five of those losses coming on the road.
Ryan Shannon scored the game’s first goal when he put away a great pass from Dominic Moore to put Philadelphia in an early hole. The Flyers were a completely different team in the second period, breaking out to get goals from Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr, and Wayne Simmonds to jump out to a 3-1 lead.
Turnovers at the blue line resulted in two goals 3:15 into the second period. Simmonds rounded out the scoring in the second when his backhanded pass deflected off of Brett Clark’s foot and beat Mathie Garon.
Flyers’ right winger Claude Giroux suffered a head injury late in the second period, which could be a devastating loss considering he leads the NHL in scoring.
Vincent Lecavalier pulled the bolts to within one with a wrister less than a minute into the third period to make it 3-2. A controversial penalty call sent Steven Downie to the box, and during the power play Matt Carle took advantage to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead.
Garon takes the cake for the best performance on the night for the Lightning, stopping 27 shots despite the unlucky goals that were given up that weren’t directly his fault. Tampa Bay has improved their first period play, but too often they will lose their appeal and falter late in games.
Scoring opportunities haven’t been abundant on the Lightning’s end, and when they do get chances they fail to execute when it matters most. They took 16 shots at Flyers’ goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, which isn’t enough to get a win regardless of what level of hockey you play at.
The team will head home for a two-game homestand starting Monday against the New Jersey Devils.