Lightning Almost Let One Get Away, Prevail In Overtime

Killorn’s Overtime Goal Give Lightning Win After 3rd Period Collapse

The fictional Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa was always beat up and just about to hit the canvas when he’d suddenly rise and take over the fight usually leading to a victory.  The real life Philadelphia Flyers have taken the Balboa plan against the Tampa Bay Lightning this season but have come up on the losing end twice.

In Philadelphia on November 17th the Flyers rallied from a 5-1 third period deficit against Tampa Bay only to lose 6-5 in overtime.

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 winner.

Steven Stamkos added a pair of goals as did Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Brayden Point as the Lightning improve to 29-7-2 (60 points). Their 60 points through 38 games is a franchise record.

The win improves the Bolts point streak to 13 straight games. The Lightning have yet to lose a game in the month of December (11-0-1).

Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux, Dale Weise, Robert Hagg, and Ivan Provorov each scored for Philadelphia who earn a point and improve to 15-16-5 (35 points) on the season.

Stamkos’ Big Game:

Steven Stamkos finished the game with four points. He extended his goal streak to five consecutive games by scoring twice.  He has 15 goals in his last 13 games.

His 22 goals on the season now match Brayden Point for the team high. He has scored 14 goals in the month of December setting a new career high for goals in a month. His previous high was 12 in November 2010 and March of 2012.

The 14 goals establish a new franchise record for goals in a single month. The previous mark of 13 was set by both Martin St. Louis in January 2004 and Nikita Kucherov in October of 2017.

“This is going to be one of those wins where you’re more disappointed than you’re happy. It’s tough to get two points in this league, so we’ll certainly take it and continue the run that we’re on.” Stamkos said of the win. “The message is that there is a lot to be shown tomorrow that we’ll improve on like how we stuck with them once they did tie it. That’s not the way we go about our business in this room with how things have gone this year. We’ll look to correct some things.”

Up Next:

Tampa Bay takes on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at 7:05.