The Flyers, aka the Comeback Kids, are not only undefeated after three games – they are also unbelievably posting some stunning numbers.
First, Tuesday night’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Lightning down at Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena was their first win over the Bolts since Dec. 29, 2017. The victory ended a 10-game (0-6-4) winless streak to the former two-time Stanley Cup champions.
Second, the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit for the second straight game, a rather improbable feat considering they were the only NHL team not to do so in any game last season.
Third, it’s the Flyers’ first 3-0-0 start since the 2011-12 campaign.
Last but not least, the Flyers did not allow the Lightning an even-strength goal in this match. Both Tampa goals came on Steven Stamkos power-play markers.
Noah Cates’ goal at 12:44 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and provided the game-winner. Cates stole a puck from a Tampa defender, whirled and fired a short shot into the net.
Down 2-0 in the second period, the Flyers began to rally on a rebound goal from Scott Laughton at 10:43. Morgan Frost and Egor Zamula picked up assists on the play.
A James van Riemsdyk power-play goal evened the score at 1:06 of the third. JVR was in the right spot to tip a Tony DeAngelo shot past Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy at 1:06.
Goaltender Carter Hart stopped 37 shots to earn his third straight win.
The Flyers continue their road trip with stop No. 2 at Florida on Wednesday night.
Stamkos notched his first goal at 1:25 of the second period and added the other 4:12. But Hart slammed the door after that.