The Flyers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in OT for the second time this season. Like the first meeting, the Flyers were down multiple goals in the third, only to come back tie it and lose quickly in overtime.
Michael Raffl opened the scoring for the Flyers, redirecting a floating puck off the stick of Travis Sanheim for an early lead. The Bolts would add two more before the end of the first sending the teams to the dressing room with a 2-1 Bolts lead.
Four goals were scored in the second period, three by Tampa, and one by Claude Giroux who deked his way through the Bolts defense to score. Tampa challenged the Giroux goal for offsides, but to no avail.
Dale Weise scored to make it 5-3 early in the third, kicking a puck to his stick and pushing it between the goalie’s legs to the back of the net.
Robert Hagg blasted a slap shot soon after, with Travis Konecny providing a screen. The Flyers lucked out on the play as due to the earlier challenge, Tampa coach Jon Cooper was unable to challenge for goalie interference which led to the goal standing by default.
Off a Sean Couturier faceoff win which led to a Jake Voracek pass to Ivan Provorov, the Flyers tied it. Provorov’s offensive game will hopefully come alive with the goal.
And just like the last time these teams met, the Bolts won the game early in overtime.
The Flyers lost Nolan Patrick to injury, he took no shifts in the third period or overtime. He was involved in a collision with Neuvirth during the second period before a Tampa goal, he took one shift after, left and did not return.
The Flyers play the Florida Panthers next as Shayne Gostisbehere returns to his hometown.