Wednesday night was a much anticipated game for both Tampa and Philly fans seeing Vinny Lecavalier return to his former team. The night was all about Lecavalier as they highlighted his time with Tampa Bay and his many charitable contributions to the city. The former Lightning center was met with an overwhelmingly warm welcome from Tampa Bay fans.
The Flyers were coming off a 3-1 loss to the Panthers and looking to keep themselves out of a losing streak. Flyers fans obviously wanted Lecavalier to get some success against his old team. Unfortunately that wouldn’t come until the last period. The Flyers let the Lightning gain a 2-0 lead in the first 2 periods and 3-0 in the third, similar to their game against the Panthers. Their lack of energy was also unfortunately familiar as the Flyers put on another half assed performance leading to their second loss in Florida. In the last 2 minutes the Flyers seemed to gain a bit of urgency and Lecavalier cut the Lightning lead by one with a power play goal. Ray Emery was pulled and Mark Streit made it a 3-2 game, and a heart attack inducing one for fans. In the end, the Lightning sealed the win with an empty net goal that came from a Lecavalier give away, prompting fans to suspect an intentional give away. Jokingly of course.
The Flyers put up no fight, managing only 12 shots on backup goalie Anders Lindback in the first 2 periods. Lindback came into the night with a 3.47 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage, which was supposed to be one of the Flyers advantages. They only managed 21 shots in the whole game (19 saved by Lindback). “We should have gotten this for Vinny,” said Wayne Simmonds, who failed to score on a penalty shot in the first period. “We wanted to get that win for him, but we didn’t play to the best of our ability.” which was putting the Flyers lack of aggression very lightly. The loss put the Flyers 2 games under .500.
Luckily for fans, the Thanksgiving weekend wasn’t over for the Flyers yet. Friday morning, fans woke themselves up from food comas and watched the Flyers early game against the Jets while most were still digesting, and some probably getting over hangovers. The Flyers gave us something to be thankful for early on as Scott Hartnell scored only 48 seconds into the 1st period. The Flyers dominated the 1st outshooting the Jets 13-2, a complete turn around from their performance in Florida.
In the second period Sean Couturier capitalized on a turnover during a Jets power play and scored a short handed goal, putting the Flyers up 2-0. The Flyers did disappoint by not getting one shot on almost a minute and a half of 5 on 3 time, and ended their 8 game power play goal streak.
“It’s huge,” Mason said. “Our Florida effort was terrible. Both games were lackluster, so to come home and get a big win before we go on the road for (12) days is a step in the right direction.” The Flyers now will head into a 6 game road trip coming off a win, which is crucial to the level of confidence for the team.
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