Phi 0 0 2 2
TB 0 2 2 4
Date of game: 11/27/2013

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia

Tampa, FL ( - Victor Hedman scored twice and Tampa Bay almost coughed up a three-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation, but topped Philadelphia, 4-2, spoiling Vincent Lecavalier's return.

In 14 seasons with the Lightning, the former No. 1 pick of the 1998 draft totaled team records of 1,037 games played and 383 goals, along with 491 assists and 874 points. He was honored by the hosts with a lengthy video tribute in the first period which drew a standing ovation.

Ondrej Palat also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who have won two straight after losing four in a row and moved within one point of first-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

"It's fun to contribute on both ends of the ice," Hedman said. "You can't get satisfied. You want to keep going and winning hockey games, that's what's most important."

Seemingly on his way to a shutout, Anders Lindback was beaten twice in a 40- second span, by Lecavalier and Mark Streit, but won thanks to 19 saves.

Ray Emery made 31 stops for the Flyers, who dropped both ends of their Florida sojourn after winning three straight home games.

"There's no excuse for not being motivated," Emery said. "We could have found tons of stuff to get motivated over."

Ahead by two, Tampa Bay enjoyed 90 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play after Scott Hartnell (slashing) and Niklas Grossman (boarding) were whistled for infractions 30 seconds apart.

Hedman followed up a blocked Teddy Purcell shot and beat Emery with a turnaround chance for a 3-0 game at the five-minute mark, but the hosts failed to click on the one-man edge.

Lecavalier finally solved Lindback, ripping home his ninth goal of the season on a one-timer from a Brayden Schenn dish while on the power play with 1:53 remaining.

Emery rushed to the bench soon after and Streit's point blast -- his first goal of the year -- hit the net at 18:47 to pull Philly within a goal.

When the visitors again used the extra skater, Lecavalier failed to keep the puck in the Flyers' zone near the blue line, and Tyler Johnson wheeled past him and up the right wing to put the disc into the empty net.

Simmonds was harassed by Hedman on a breakaway with 3:14 left in the first period. Despite getting off a shot and not being checked, a penalty shot was called.

Lindback was equal, flashing the left pad as Simmonds moved from forehand to backhand.

Emery's chance to shine came just past the 4 1/2-minute mark of the second, as he dragged the left pad to deny two chances in close from J.T. Brown.

Tampa picked up the game's first goal at 9:15, when Hedman's shot from a sharp angle on the left wing dropped from the crook of Emery's arm at the near post.

The Bolts led 2-0 when Palat followed up Hedman's blast during a short-handed 2-on-1 break three minutes later.

Game Notes

Tampa Bay improved to 4-3-1 since Steven Stamkos suffered his broken right leg ... The Bolts tied a franchise record with their fifth straight victory at home over Philly, having originally done so from Jan. 3, 2004 to Oct. 19, 2006 ... Lecavalier was 18 years, 178 days old when he first played for the Lightning against the Flyers, in a 5-2 Philly win on Oct. 16, 1998 ... Simmonds has converted one of three career penalty shots, and the Flyers have missed four in a row since Matt Read connected on Nov. 13, 2011 ... Read was a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury ... Prior to the contest, the Lightning recalled forward Dana Tyrell from Syracuse of the American Hockey League ... After missing the last seven games due to illness and healthy scratches, Michael Raffl returned to the Philadelphia lineup.

Gardner to start for embattled Michigan

Devin Gardner will return to the starting quarterback position for Michigan when the struggling Wolverines take the field Saturday at Rutgers following a tumultous week for the program.

The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Nothin' but Net: Coaching hot seat already burning

With NBA Media Day barely behind us, it's perfect fair and reasonable to already speculate as to which coaches will be fired soonest.

2014-15 San Jose Sharks Preview

In another move that bucks tradition, the Sharks completely revamped their on- ice leadership structure not by selecting new players to wear the precious singular letters on their uniforms, but by stripping the captaincy from Joe Thornton, removing the alternate tag from Patrick Marleau and leaving the other "A" vacant after Dan Boyle signed as a free agent with the Rangers.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.