NHL Game Night: 3-18-13 Flyers at Lightning

Dammit, they're making me love them again.

PHI-2
TB-4

Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
06:38 TB Palat (2), (Tyrell, Salo)
13:55 PHI Talbot (4), (Meszaros)
17:03 TB Pyatt (6), (Johnson, Hedman)

Second Period
15:21 PHI Giroux (9), (unassisted)

Third Period
09:25 TB Purcell (6), (Aulie, Stamkos)
19:57 TB Stamkos (21), (Killorn, St. Louis)(EN)

Ryan Malone and Anders Lindback were the game's first and second stars.

I know they're probably going to just break my heart, but this team is suddenly fun to watch again. The speed and enthusiasm all the young players are bringing to the table has become infectious. And, more to the point, the way the team played in the second half of this game sure did give the impression this team may have finally figured out how to win a close game. There was one forechecking shift by the Thompson/Crombeen line in the Third Period that was as fine a shift as any by the Dingman/Cibak/Afanasenkov line circa 2004.

Alex Killorn had a helper and a shot in 16:16.

Tyler Johnson had a helper and was +2 with 2 hits in 12:12. He was also 100% on draws again.

Ondrej Palat had the game opening goal and was +1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 10:24.

Radko Gudas was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and a big 7 hits in 14:51.

Cory Conacher was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 11:09. He almost had a very cool assist late in the game that was called back for playing a puck above his shoulders. Really close play.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.