Highlights: Flyers fall to Tampa, 6-3
Vinny Lecavalier and the Flyers' 10-game home winning streak came to an end with a 6-3 loss to Tampa on Saturday. (AP)
Even the best of goalies will have a bad day at some point.
That day came Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center for Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who allowed five goals on the 17 shots the Lightning threw at him.
Haven’t had to say this very often, but Mason was not on his game during a 6-3 loss that snapped the Flyers' 10-game home winning streak.
This is a big weekend of back-to-back games with the Flyers facing the Rangers Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Coach Craig Berube started Ray Emery for Mason in the third period.
Tampa Bay has pretty much owned the Flyers since the 2011-12 season as the Flyers are 2-6-1 against them.
There were a couple turning points. The first came seven minutes into the second period. After Tampa Bay made it a 2-0 game off a rare Mr. Softee from Steve Mason, the Flyers struck quickly a minute later when Claude Giroux stole a puck and fed Jakub Voracek for a breakaway goal on Anders Lindback.
To that point, Lindback had been invincible with one great save after another. Voracek’s goal got the crowd and the Flyers immediately back into the game.
Alas, two shifts later, the Lightning came up the ice 2 on 1 with Ryan Malone going under the crossbar off a nice pass from Nate Thompson.
It was 3-1 and all the life was sucked out of the building. Although the Flyers fought back to make it 3-3, the second turning point came when the Lightning scored twice in the final six minutes to regain control of the game.
The Flyers were terribly loose in their own end for the first five minutes of the game and allowed two prime scoring chances to Nikita Kucherov that forced Mason to make two pretty good saves. The Flyers recovered to dominate the final six minutes.
As part of the general sloppy play, Nick Grossmann turned a puck over to Alex Killorn and he beat Mason with a shot to the far side of the net for a 1-0 lead at 4:33. It would have been a save for Mason, but the shot caught Mark Streit’s stick on the release and deflected left on Mason.
Giroux had a nice 2 on 1 rush with Voracek in the first period, but Lindback made a glove snare on G’s shot. A few minutes later, Tye McGinn deflected one off Lindback that hit the post and went out of play.
5 on 3
The Flyers got four chances with the two-man advantage for 1:46 in the first period as Lindback played those shots tough with two saves on Giroux, one on Kimmo Timonen and another on Vinny Lecavalier.
Flyers were firing on Lindback at every chance with 15 shots in the opening period.
Can’t remember the last time we said that about Mason, but he allowed a real bad one in the second period to Teddy Purcell from the right circle off a drop pass from Valtteri Filppula for a 2-0 lead. Worse, it killed the momentum the Flyers were generating by carrying the play.
Wayne Simmonds’ power-play goal at 11:14 of the second period that cut the Flyers deficit to 3-2 was his sixth power-play goal over the last 10 games.
The Flyers went into the game having killed off 19 straight over previous six games. They are now 22 for 22.
Voracek scored twice in the second period. His second goal tied the game at 3-3.
Tampa scored twice after Voracek, including a goal in the final minute of the period to make it 5-3.
Ex-Flyer Matt Carle was plus-6. The Flyers' defensive pair of Nick Grossmann and Mark Streit were minus-6 combined.
Hal Gill and Jay Rosehill.