The Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, handing the Tampa Bay Lightning their third straight loss, 4-2.
Michal Neuvirth made his first start since Nov. 12 after missing 24 games with a left knee injury and finished with 24 saves.
This was his first victory since a 3-2 shootout win Nov. 3 at the Islanders.
His rival, Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has owned the Flyers during his brief NHL tenure (3-1 coming in), was reduced to mortal status, as the Flyers exploded for four goals in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Sean Couturier’s revisited line from the fall with Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek combined for two goals and two assists.
Tampa came into the game with a 6-3-0 record against the Flyers over the past nine games played in Philadelphia.
Konecny went top shelf on Vasilevskiy to make it a 1-1 game in the second period. The goal was his second in three games, and his sixth of the season.
Don’t see many of these from the defense, but Radko Gudas got one late in the second period to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead at intermission.
Neuvirth went long periods without facing a shot. Tampa had just 14 late in the second period. Neuvirth had a strong save on Adam Erne’s breakaway to start the third period.
The Flyers had two shots and couple pokes from Wayne Simmonds in the paint on their first power play, but not enough sustained pressure. It finished 0 for 2 on the day.
Small workload for the Flyers, but Alex Killorn’s goal for all intents and purposes was a power-play goal, as he scored two seconds after a Bolts’ power play ended. A good kill on the second power play in the third period.
Defensemen Brandon Manning (healthy) and Mark Streit (left shoulder); forwards Nick Cousins (healthy) and Roman Lyubimov (healthy).
No time to rest. It’s back-to-to back games for the Flyers, as they head to Columbus tonight and will meet the Blue Jackets early Sunday evening.