Flyers stun the Lightning

31 December 2017 01:50:54 GMTPlus11

It was a curious state of affairs on Friday as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 at the Amalie Arena.

The best team in the Atlantic lost to the worst in the Metropolitan.

Wayne Simmonds, Shayne Gostisbehere, Sean Couturier, Brandon Manning and Valtteri Filppula, the latter into an empty net with under a minute to play in regulation, did the damage for the visitors who despite being anchored to the foot of the Metropolitan Division are only ten points out of first place.

Indeed the Flyers are a relatively healthy 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and have played well since their dismal performance in the month of November when Philadelphia won just twice.

Friday's game was the final one of the calendar year for the Flyers who head home to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday to open a four-game home stand.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, just a single point ahead of the Flyers in the Division standings, arrive first to be followed by the high scoring New York Islanders, the St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres.

Meanwhile Tampa Bay will look to regroup quickly as they visit the Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus over the weekend.

It's been over a month since the Lightning lost two in a row, falling back-to-back to the Washington Capitals and the Penguins on the road, just after Thanksgiving, in the only two-game losing streak that Tampa Bay has suffered all season.

Tampa Bay are 5000.00 to win the Stanley Cup this season. The New Jersey Devils are 10001.00 while the Boston Bruins trade at 5000.00.

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