The Tampa Bay Lightning turned the tables on the NHL’s highest scoring team on Tuesday night by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 in Tampa. The Bolts are glad to be home after a 3 game road trip. Tampa Bay began a road trip against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, December 17 and traveled to San Jose, CA for a game against the Sharks on Wednesday, December 21. San Jose jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period and the Bolts could not recover as they lost 7-2 last Wednesday night. Tampa Bay finished out their road trip against Colorado on Friday night losing in Overtime.
The Bolts had a magical season last year that was cut short by a thrilling Game 7 loss against the Boston Bruins. There was optimism that this year would be just as special and maybe even a championship run would be in store for the Lightning. The 2011-2012 Season has not lived up to the hype but there is reason for optimism after Friday night’s game. They are currently in fourth place with the Florida Panthers leading the way in the Southeast Division.
Tampa Bay needed a win in their game against the Flyers on Tuesday, December 27 and Steven Stamkos stepped up to the challenge by scoring two goals in the win. Martin St. Louis added a couple of assists and goaltender Mathieu Garon stopped 31-32 shots against Philly. The Lightning continue their home stand with a game against the Montreal Canadians on Thursday, December 29 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The NHL season is a marathon but this is the perfect time for the Lightning to start making their move toward another playoff run.