No shortage of goals in Flyers-Lightning game

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The Flyers and Lightning, including Steven Stamkos, put on a goal-scoring show for the fans at the Wells Fargo Center. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Flyers and Lightning, including Steven Stamkos, put on a goal-scoring show for the fans at the Wells Fargo Center. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Thursday night featured a game between two teams who boast several top-notch goal-scorers. But no one expected the game to offensively explode the way it did. When the final buzzer sounded to end the 60-minute hailstorm of scoring, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 8-7. No, that is not a typo. Four goalies were used in the game, 15 goals were scored and there was only one hat trick.

There was concern going into the game revolving around the Flyers young rookie-phenom, Sergei Bobrovsky, when it was announced earlier in the day that he would receive his 12th consecutive start in goal. According to Broad Street Hockey, Bobrovsky is quoted in a foreign publication regarding the amount of games he has faced:

“I play every game like it was my last. I want to win and help these guys out. It’s a busy schedule here so I have no time to follow the KHL games. I need more sleep and recover physically. On one hand, it affects that I play so much. It’s a pretty big work load. But on the other hand, it’s easier to prepare for the next game. You’re always in that game mode.”

Whether he was truly tired or it was just an off day for him, Bobrovsky, nor Dan Ellis of Tampa Bay, lasted long in the game.

It only took 4:21 into the game for the scoring to open with Andreas Nodl potting his fourth of the year with Zherdev giving the Flyers a two-goal lead 40 seconds later. But Tampa had no plans to go quietly as they struck back 3:19 later with two of their own goals, just 16 seconds apart, from Steven Stamkos and Adam Hall.

The game continued its back-and-forth goal-scoring pace with 5 more goals added. Jeff Carter, Braydon Coburn and Danny Briere chipped in for the Flyers as Ryan Malone and Brett Clark scored for the Lightning. Clark’s shot to bring the Lightning within one literally ripped right through the net. The officials had to go to a video review to make sure the puck did indeed go into the net.

Ellis was yanked after Coburn’s goal and Mike Smith came in to replace him. Ellis allowed 4 goals on 10 shots. Bobrovsky was pulled after the first period and Brian Boucher entered the game – his first action since the Oct. 25 loss to Columbus. Bobrovsky gave up 4 goals on 11 shots.

The 9 first period goals tied the Flyers’ franchise record and it was the most goals scored in a first period in the NHL since Dec. 17, 1991 in a game between Montreal and Quebec.

The game didn’t get much better for either of the new netminders as the endless scoring continued into the second period with five more goals. Andrej Meszaros scored his first goal as a Flyer – for real this time – to give the Flyers their third two-goal lead of the night before squandering it again. Stamkos netted goals two and three of the night in the second, giving him his second hat trick of the season and knotting the game at 7.

The 14 goals through two periods were the most in the NHL since Jan. 17, 1986 in a game between Hartford and Quebec.

Astoundingly, the third period saw just one lone goal. Nate Thompson of the Lightning scored what would end up being the game winner at just 5:19 of the third. Thompson’s goal gave Tampa its first lead in the game, which they were able to hold on to for the remaining 14:41.

Things got scary for the Lightning near the end. Meszaros was called for clipping on a dangerous move where he took out Dana Tyrell with a low hit to his knees, giving the Lightning a four-minute power play with only 3:23 remaining in the game. But the Flyers kept a lot of the play within Tampa’s end and Pavel Kubina was whistled for interference with 1:09 left. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette pulled Boucher to give the Philadelphia a 5-on-4 advantage, but to no avail as Smith and the Lightning were able to hold on for the 8-7 win.

When all was said and done, Tampa Bay skated away with the win. Their 8 goals tied the franchise record for most goals in a road game. Martin St. Louis finished the night with 5 assists, tying his career high for most points in a game. Stamkos has 4 points and all three of his shots on net were goals. He continues to lead the league with 34 points and 19 goals, five ahead of second place in both categories.

The Lightning’s power play was a deadly 3-for-5 on the night. The Flyers, on the other hand, were a dismal 0-for-4 on the man advantage, which also included some time on a 5-on-3.

Only eight players failed to register a single point in the game – three for the Flyers and five for the Lightning.

The game’s combined 15 goals was the most in the NHL since Dec. 13, 2007 (Calgary and Tampa Bay). With only 65 shots total (33 for Tampa, 32 for Philadelphia), roughly one out of every four shots in the game was a goal.

According to NHL.com, the NHL Network in the U.S. will re-broadcast the game Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

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