All In A Days Work, Lightning Beat Philadelphia In Shootout

Lightning Outlast Flyers In Thriller 

Steven Stamkos had a career high five points so it was only fitting that he buried the puck past Petr Mrazek in the shootout to secure the win for the Tampa Lightning over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The game deciding goal came from Brayden Point whose notched his NHL best fourth game-deciding goal of the season.

The Lightning showed a lot of resiliency coming back from down 3-1 and 5-3 deficits, before ultimately heading to a franchise record fifth consecutive overtime. “It was obviously not the game plan we had envisioned.” said Steven Stamkos. “But anytime you’re down a couple goals in different parts of the game, especially in the third, and you come back and win it’s emotional. It shows that guys care and that the guys never give up.”

Stamkos and Victor Hedman each scored a pair of goals. Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller also scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37-of-43 shots to pick up his NHL best 38th win of the season.

The Lightning improve to 45-17-4 (94-points) with the win. They also take the three game season series over the Flyers (2-1-0).  It was an impressive victory for a Lightning team that had played four games in less than six days. Entering the game, the Flyers had picked up 22 of a possible 26 points spanning their previous 13 games. 

Nolan Patrick, Jakub Voracek, Robert Hagg, Jori Lehtera, Ivan Provorov, and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers who fall to 34-21-10 [78-points]) with the loss. Philadelphia will head to Sunrise Florida to take on the Panthers tomorrow afternoon.

Lightning Notes:

  • Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals and added a trio of assists. The five points were a career high. The franchise record for points in a game was six achieved by Doug Crossman against the New York Islanders on November 7, 1992.  Stamkos is the second Lighting player with a five-point game this season joining Alex Killorn who did it against the Calgary Flames on February 1st.
  • Nikita Kucherov, returning from a two-game absence picked up a trio of assists. It marks his 28th multi-point of the season and 24th game with three or more points.  It’s his 7th career three-assist game. He now has 85-points (33-52–85) on the season equaling his single-season mark set in 2016-17.
  • Victor Hedman scored a pair of goals and added a pair of assists.  The four points ties his career high for points in a game.  It’s his 11th multi-point game this season. It’s his 20th career game of three or more points (21 including playoffs).
  • Milestone: Dan Girardi scored to tie the game at 3-3. It was his 4th goal of the season and 50th of his career.
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy gave up six goals matching a career high. It marked the 11th time he’s allowed five or more goals in a game in his career and fifth time this season. He now has 38 wins on the season, second most by a Lighting goalie in franchise history. Ben Bishop holds the top stop with 40 wins in 2014-15.
  • J.T. Miller scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning and his 14th of the season to pull the Bolts to 5-4 in the third period.
  • Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde picked up assists on Miller’s goal. Point now has points  nine of his last 11 games (6-4–10).
  • Gourde’s assist gives him his first 50-points on the season (22-28–50). He joins just three other Lightning rookies to reach the 50-point plateau. Brad Richards (62-points in 2000-01), Ondrej Palat (59 points, 2013-14), and Tyler Johnson (50-points in 2013-14). “I didn’t think coming into this year I would make 50.” Gourde remarked.  “Just go out there and try to do my job and try to help this team win. I try to bring energy to every game. Just have to focus on that and if I do that, most of the points are going to come and the chances are going to come.”
  • Milestone: Head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan worked his 1,500th professional game. 
  • The Lightning will continue their eight game homestand taking on the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at 7:30.

 

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