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Mark Streit led the Flyers with one goal and two assists, to pace Philadelphia in their 7-3 mollywhopping of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sean Couturier, Matt Read, Vinny Lecavalier and Nick Schultz were all held off the scoring sheet as fourteen different Flyers recorded at least one point, which included seven different goal scorers. Rob Zepp faced little pressure, stopping 21/24 Tampa Bay shots. The Flyers have now won three of four at home.
Former Flyer* Steven Stamkos, Brian Boyle, and Ryan Callahan recorded goals for Tampa. Evgeni Nabokov started in goal for the Lightning, but was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Ben Bishop replaced Nabokov and stopped just 9/12 shots.
The game started like any other for Philadelphia, with a Chris VandeVelde tip-in goal on a point shot from Luke Schenn. Immediately following the goal, twitter screamed for a promotion to the first line after his third goal of the season.
Tampa would strike back to tie the game on the power play, as Stamkos snapped a shot passed Zepp. This would be the closest the Lightning would strike to the Flyers, as Philadelphia skate the team out of the building.
RJ Umberger would start the onslaught with a backhanded goal that would send the Flyers to the locker room with a 2-1 lead.
Apparently the Flyers used some of Michael Jordan’s secret juice from “Space Jam,” and proceeded to score five consecutive goals in the second period, as Jakub Voracek (power play), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Mark Streit (power play), Brayden Schenn (power play), and Michael Raffl all scored.
Brian Boyle would eventually end the rampage, as he scored a goal that floated over Zepp’s head, as the Flyers entered the third period with a 7-2 lead.
The third period began with a quick Lightning goal by Callahan, but shades of Tampa’s come-from-behind victory against the Flyers from years ago was not to be had, as the Orange and Black would play strong defense in front of the rookie Zepp, to improve his personal NHL record to 2-0-0.
*Steven Stamkos was never a Flyer.