Lightning Almost Let One Get Away, Prevail In Overtime

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning

The slick stick work came in the second period of the Flyers' 6-5 loss to the Lightning on Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

On Thursday night in Tampa, Philadelphia erased a 5-2 third period deficit only to lose 18-seconds into overtime as Alex Killorn scored the game victor. Stamkos said of the win. "Just very uncharacteristic play".

Steven Stamkos finished the game with four points. Nikita Kucherov added a goal and three assists for the Lightning, who are 12-0-1 during their current run.

His 22 goals on the season now match Brayden Point for the team high.

Provorov tied it 5-5 with a wrist shot from the left hash marks at 8:38 of the third period after Sean Couturier won a face-off in the right circle.

"I think going into the third, if we knew we were going to take a point we would take it", Provorov said.

And for the second time this season, the Lightning survived and beat Philadelphia 6-5 in overtime.

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With the win against Toronto , New York has now won six of its last seven games, vaulting them into the playoff hunt. He played his first nine NHL seasons with the Islanders after being selected No. 1 by NY in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Stamkos scored at 12:23 of the second before putting the Lightning ahead 4-2 on the power play 2:31 later. "I'd love to continue doing that in wins". Its latest road trip out west found the guys going 3-0-1, and the team entered Thursday night's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers boasting the most points in the National Hockey League (58, good enough for a six-point lead over the second place Toronto Maple Leafs).

"[Giving up a three-goal lead] is unacceptable", said Kucherov, who has five goals and 14 assists in a nine-game point streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities.

Michael Raffl scored the Flyers' first goal of the bout. Carey Price has given up 83 goals on 868 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 36 goals on 292 shots. Perhaps the clearest play that contributed to that minus-four came early in the second period when Claude Giroux skated around McDonagh to score on Vasilevskiy.

After Kucherov scored at 13:56 of the first, Point got his 22nd goal as Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead on a power play with 48 seconds left in the period.

Stamkos got his 340th assist on Point's goal to move past Brad Richards into third place on Tampa Bay's career list. The Lightning have yet to lose a game in the month of December (11-0-1).

Flyers center Nolan Patrick and Lightning forward J.T. Miller each left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev took a hard shot in the final five minutes of the third period, which forced him to leave the game.

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