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The Philadelphia Flyers have clearly reached their low point of the season.
Tampa Bay's exploded for five goals in the opening 30 minutes, as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. They were led by two goals after 20 minutes before essentially putting the game out of hand with three tallies in the first half of the second period.
Tampa Bay got a strong performance from ex-Flyer Brian Elliott, who made 38 saves on 39 shots.
With the victory, they completed a sweep of the regular season series against the Flyers. It also extends Tampa Bay's winning streak over Philadelphia to an impressive 10 games.
Lightning struggled in the early parts of the game and without some strong play by Elliott in the first, this could have been a different game for the Flyers. The Flyers found themselves down 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the 1st period and Tampa didn’t let up once they had the lead.
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They took advantage of a struggling team and didn’t give the Flyers a chance to get back into the game.
Head coach Alain Vigneault saw the club's losing streak extend to eight games. Three days off did not help the rested Flyers against the two-time defending champs who have now lost 10 in a row to Tampa Bay.
The Flyers (8-10-4) are 0-6-2 in their spiral and have been outscored 36-13. They were down 5-0 at second intermission Sunday night and trailed 6-0 before Cam Atkinson scored their lone goal. The woeful power play, which has been arguably the biggest culprit for the team's current state, got on the board with Atkinson's third-period goal. It finished 1 for 3.
The Flyers' man advantage entered Sunday 31st in the NHL at 12.5 percent. They are 3 for 40 on the pp coming into this matchup against the Avalanche