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Perry and the offense deliver as Lightning cruise past Flyers

It was a long time coming for Corey Perry, but he finally scored and the rest of the offense shined in a 4-0 beatdown over the Flyers. Unlike the last meeting between the two teams Bolts offense came to play and the rest of the team silenced Philly the entire game. The winning streak against the Flyers continued and a pair of Bolts netted their first goal of the season. Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his first shutout of the season thanks to a strong showing by his defensemen.

 

Bogosian nets his first

After a quiet opening to the game, Tampa quickly took the early lead. Zach Bogosian sniped the puck that passed Carter Hart with ease to give the Bolts a 1-0 lead. The goal was Bogosian’s first since January of last year when he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres. Bolts continued to keep the pressure on the Flyers defense hoping to extend their lead. For the remainder of the period Philly could not get much going as Tampa dominated both ends of the ice. Despite the Flyers out-shooting the Lightning, their offense was relatively quiet in the period. Flyers nearly scored off a turnover, but Vasy pushed it aside. Flyers were awarded a power play after Mikhail Sergachev shot the puck over the glass for a delay of game. Philly would start the 2nd period with most of their power play time left.

Captain continues to deliver

Power play struggles continued for the Flyers as the Bolts killed off the Sergachev penalty with ease. Tampa’s offense continuously applied pressure to Hart and eventually extended the lead 2-0. Steven Stamkos caught the defense off guard on the rebound opportunity and scored with ease. Soon after the goal Tampa headed to the power play for the first time after Joel Farabee was called for interference. Philly nearly scored short-handed after a Hedman pass was easily read by Cam Atkinson. Lightning just like the Flyers could not take advantage on the power play as Philly prevented them from getting a good look on net.

 

Perry gets the monkey off his back

Moments after the power play ended the Bolts went right back on the man-advantage. Sean Couturier is called for high-sticking against Stamkos and Tampa looked to make them pay the price. Bolts looked better on this power play opportunity yet were unable to extend the lead. Pat Maroon nearly scored but instead drew a penalty. Before the penalty is called, Corey Perry scores and extends the lead 3-0. It was Perry’s first as a Bolt and he felt the sweet relief of finally tallying a goal. Bolts continued to dominate the play on ice and looked to seal the game in the 3rd period.

 

Vasy finally gets a shutout

Tampa continued their dominate play into the final frame. Bolts could easily have had a larger lead, but Hart has kept the Flyers a float despite giving up 3 goals. The scoring continued for Tampa as Barre-Boulet goes bar-down to extend the lead 4-0. Game flow remained with Tampa as they continued to shut down Philly and never give them a chance to get back into the game. The defense was able to preserve the shutout for Vasy and the Bolts defeated the Flyers with ease 4-0. This was Tampa’s 9th straight victory over the Flyers and Vasy’s first shutout of the season.

 

Three stars of the game

1st Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy – First shutout of the season

2nd Star: Steven Stamkos – 1 goal, 2 assists

3rd Star: Zach Bogosian – 1 goal, 1 assist

 

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