Shayne Gostisbehere returned to the Flyers lineup after sitting the previous game. And while that led to increased possession, the Flyers still found themselves down 1-0 at the end of one, despite outshooting the Bolts 12-6 in the opening frame and 2-0 at the end of two despite maintaining a 19-15 advantage on the shot ticker.
While Thursday may have been tough guy night, the Saturday afternoon affair was far more chippy than Thursday. Chris VandeVelde left the game early in the first period after being boarded by former Flyers defender Braydon Coburn. Jonathan Drouin of the Lightning also missed several shifts while being evaulated for an injury. In the second period, Radko Gudas rocked Ryan Callahan with a huge open ice hit, the Tampa’s JT Brown took exception and challenged Gudas to a fight. Gudas promptly dispatched Brown in the fight as well.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, goals are what matter most and the Bolts scored more of those. Andrei Vasilevskiy had all the answers, stopping all 32 shots he faced.
The Bolts goals came one per period, Tyler Johnson scored in the first on the powerplay, Ondrej Palat in the second and Jonathan Drouin in the third.
This was the first time the Flyers were shut out all season. Chris VandeVelde left the game with an upper body injury per Ron Hextall. Matt Read took a boneheaded cross checking penalty retaliating against Bolts pest Ryan Callahan. However, if that play was going to lead to a scratch of Read, it likely would require Chris VandeVelde to not miss time as the Flyers only carry one extra forward in Roman Lyubimov. With a back to back on the road this week in Florida for games against the Bolts and Panthers, it’s possible Anthony Stolarz will make his NHL Debut.