Stamkos and Lightning storm past Flyers

TAMPA, Fla. - The arena's name seems to change every time the Flyers are in Tampa, but the results are the same.

Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals as the Flyers lost their seventh straight decision in Tampa Bay's home rink since 2011, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Lightning on Thursday night at what is now called Amalie Arena.

The defeat ended the Flyers' three-game winning streak, and they will try to rebound Saturday night against the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Tampa Bay won the game by going 2 for 5 on the power play, while the Flyers were 0 for 2. The last power-play goal, which gave the Lightning a 4-2 lead with 3 minutes, 12 seconds left, came after a controversial too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who thought he got off the ice in time.

"That was the one good one they called," coach Craig Berube said drily.

With the Flyers trailing, 3-1, Jake Voracek scored on a rebound of Brandon Manning's shot, cutting Tampa's lead to 3-2 with 13 minutes, 22 seconds to go. But Jason Garrison scored a power-play goal after the too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty.

After the Flyers pulled goalie Ray Emery for an extra skater, Michael Raffl cut it to 4-3 with 53.5 seconds left, scoring his fourth goal in the last three games.

"Our effort was really good tonight," Berube said. "I thought we actually played a smart game."

"It's a tough loss, but I think our game was better than the result," Voracek said. "I think we played very good five-on-five hockey, kept them to the outside."

A little over a minute before Voracek's tally, Stamkos' second goal of the night - and eighth in the first 11 games - had given the Lightning a 3-1 cushion.

Ben Bishop robbed Voracek from the right circle in the opening minute of the third period, denying the Flyers on their best opportunity during that power play. About 41/2 minutes later, Stamkos scored on a one-timer from the left circle, converting a slick feed from Valtteri Filppula to briefly give the Lightning a 3-1 lead.

The Lightning had snapped a 1-1 tie with 45.7 seconds remaining in the second. With Zac Rinaldo in the penalty box for roughing - a call Berube protested - Stamkos scored a bad-angle goal from the left circle, putting the puck over Emery's left shoulder.

"If it's a non-hitting league now, then I guess it's a penalty," Berube said.

Raffl broke ahead of the pack while on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period, but Ondrej Palat caught him from behind and prevented him from getting off a shot.

Earlier, Wayne Simmonds tied it at 1 when he scored on a rebound of Bellemare's shot with 7:17 remaining in the opening period. Bellemare used his speed to shake free and get in close for the initial shot.

That erased the Flyers' eighth 1-0 deficit in 10 games this season.

"I drove toward the net, and the puck was just sitting there for me," Simmonds said after scoring his first goal (and point) in the last six games.

Simmonds scored in front of his father, Cyril, one of 15 of the players' relatives (mostly fathers) who are on the two-game trip through Florida.

"Obviously it's pretty special scoring with my dad here," Simmonds said. "He made the trip all the way from Toronto, and to score a goal in front of him on the fathers' trip is unbelievable."

Tampa took a 1-0 lead 3:29 into the game as Vladislav Namestnikov got position on minor-league call-up Manning and tipped Anton Stralman's point shot past Emery. Replays appeared to show that the puck came out of the zone - inches past the blue line - before being brought back into the zone to create an offside that wasn't called.

The Flyers finished with a 4-4-2 October record - not bad considering their rugged schedule and the fact they have lost several key players to injuries.


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