Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos
(Sports Network) - After finishing off a near-perfect homestand, the Tampa Bay
Lightning next embark on a four-game road trip, a tough swing that begins on
Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Lightning took the first four of their season-long five-game residency,
pushing their overall winning streak to five straight with an 8-3 win over the
Winnipeg Jets on Friday. That also had Tampa Bay perfect through its first
five home games of the season, but both streaks ended the following night with
a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.
Steven Stamkos' second goal of the game came with 21 seconds left, but the
Lightning fell to 6-2-0 with their first setback since Jan. 21.
Afterwards, Stamkos tried not to the let the loss dampen the overall success
of the stay in Tampa.
"You look at the big picture. If you said you would have taken eight of a
possible 10 points, you would take that all the time," he said. "It's just
frustrating because we realize the team that we have here. No one goes into a
game expecting to lose. We expect to win."
Those are warranted expectations thanks to Stamkos, who has at least one point
in all eight games this season. He has seven goals and 16 points in that span,
with a goal in five straight.
Tampa Bay is set to visit Philadelphia, New Jersey and Boston before ending
its road trip with a rematch versus the Rangers on Feb. 10. The Bolts should
have forward Vincent Lecavalier on the ice for Tuesday's opener after he
suffered a left bone bruise in the final moments of Saturday's game. He took a
slap shot off his foot but said he expects to play.
Anders Lindback is scheduled to make his seventh start of the season on
Tuesday after Mathieu Garon allowed three goals on 30 shots in the loss to the
Rangers. Garon was making his second start of the season and first since Jan.
Lindback, meanwhile, has gone 5-1-0 with a 2.84 goals against average and .911
save percentage this season. That includes 24 saves in a decisive 5-1 win over
visiting Philadelphia on Jan. 27.
Stamkos had a goal and an assist, Lecavalier scored and Martin St. Louis ended
with four assists for the Lightning, who have won three straight and seven of
their last nine versus the Flyers.
They have also claimed three of their past four in Philadelphia.
Sean Couturier scored the lone goal of the game for the Flyers, who were
coming off a 7-1 thrashing of Florida. Backup Michael Leighton gave up all
five goals on 26 shots.
That loss began a three-game losing streak for Philadelphia, a skid that was
halted on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Claude Giroux
and Danny Briere both had a goal and an assist, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 39
Mike Knuble, Kurtis Foster and Braydon Coburn added goals for the Flyers, who
scored on all three of their power-play chances to improve to just 3-6-0 on
"Early in the season, it seemed our starts were not where we wanted to,"
Briere said. "Tonight, it was very good. Overall, that first period was much
While Giroux netted his first goal in six games, the other four goal-scorers
for the Flyers all potted their first of the season.
Philadelphia surpassed its goal total from its losing streak (4) despite
playing without forward Wayne Simmonds, who suffered a concussion when he took
an elbow to the head from Washington's John Erskine in Friday's loss to the
Capitals. Erskine was suspended three games for the hit.
Simmonds has been ruled out for this game.
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