Lightning snap Flyers’ 10-game home winning streak

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Teddy Purcell, Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula recorded a goal and an assist each as the Tampa Bay Lightning began their three-game road trip with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Ryan Malone scored twice, Martin St. Louis also had a goal while goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 35 of 38 shots as the Lightning (27-14-4) snapped the Flyers’ 10-game home win streak.

The Lightning prevailed despite losing several key players during the game, including defenseman Sami Salo, who sustained a lower-body injury in the first period.

In addition, defenseman Victor Hedman did not return to the game after a hit by Flyers forward Scott Hartnell at 15:09 of the third. Hartnell was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Jakub Voracek scored two goals, Wayne Simmonds had a power-play goal and Claude Giroux had a pair of assists for the Flyers, who slipped to 23-18-4.

Steve Mason allowed five goals on 17 shots in two periods, the first time he’s allowed five goals as a member of the Flyers. He was replaced by Ray Emery at the start of the third.

Tampa Bay scored the game’s first goal when Killorn turned a Flyers turnover into his 11th goal of the season.

Killorn intercepted a cross-ice pass by Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and got into the left circle before firing a shot that went over Mason’s blocker at 4:33.

Purcell’s first goal in 10 games gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead at 5:21 of the second. Filppula carried the puck low on the right side of the Philadelphia zone and dropped a pass for Purcell in the right circle.

Purcell then used Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros as a screen and beat Mason above his right pad for his ninth of the season.

Voracek got the Flyers on the board 1:23 later on a play set up by Giroux but Tampa Bay regained a two-goal advantage when Malone scored his fourth of the season at 7:28, and his first since Nov. 12.

A double-minor for roughing on Malone allowed the Flyers to get within a goal on Simmonds’ 15th of the season. On the power play Lindback stopped Giroux’s shot from the right side but Simmonds, just off the post, banged in the rebound at 11:14.

A strong individual effort by Voracek allowed the Flyers to tie it. Voracek took a pass from Meszaros, in the Tampa Bay end, stepped between Hedman and defenseman Andrej Sustr and beat Lindback with a low shot at 14:35.

Tampa Bay stole the momentum back when Filppula scored 66 seconds later before St. Louis made it a 5-3 game.

Malone closed scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:48 remaining. It was his first multi-goal game since Jan. 25, 2013.

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