PHILADELPHIA – Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice, leading the Philadelphia Flyers past Tampa Bay 4-2 on Monday night to snap the Lightning's franchise-best nine-game winning streak.
Gostisbehere, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each scored third period goals for the Flyers.
The Flyers have 73 points and moved within two of idle Detroit for the final wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers went 5-1 on their homestand and earned 10 of 12 possible points to key their surge in the standings.
There are 17 games left for the Flyers and two of them are against Detroit.
Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for Tampa Bay in its first loss since Feb. 16 against San Jose. The Lightning had won six straight on the road.
Gostisbehere, the sensational rookie defenseman, had his first two-goal game for the Flyers, and his go-ahead goal early in the third ended an 0 for 15 slump for the Flyers on the power play. His 14 goals are a team record for a rookie defenseman.
Schenn scored his 22nd goal of the season for some needed insurance against a Lightning team that struggled to generate much offense. Namestnikov struck for his 11th goal of the season with 5:07 left that brought Tampa Bay within one.
Simmonds scored an empty-netter and the Flyers hit the road with a renewed playoff push.
Palat knocked home a rebound from the slot just 4:07 into the game for a 1-0 lead. Slater Koekkoek had the assist for his first career NHL point.
The Lightning not only should have enjoyed that goal — they should have appreciated that shot.
There weren't many more the rest of the way for the Lightning. They had three shots on goal in the first period and six in the second, giving Mason a light workout.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was sensational, stopping shots from all angles all while carrying a heavy workload. He stopped 21 of a whopping 22 shots in the second period and kept Tampa Bay in the game. He finished with 36 saves.
His lone mistake came when Gostisbehere squeezed in his 13th goal with 3:09 left in the period. Philadelphia's first goal came on its 30th shot.
"We were buzzing all over their offensive zone," Flyers center Sean Couturier said. "We were bringing a lot of pucks to their net, creating some second and third chances. We didn't capitalize that much but we did finally score that first one."
The Flyers again struggled on the power play, failing on all four attempts in the first, putting them in an 0 for 15 skid.
Gostisbehere ended that slump right when the Flyers needed him.
Steve Mason made 16 saves for the Flyers.
Notes: Lightning F Jonathan Drouin will resume his career in the minors after the team lifted its suspension. Drouin is scheduled to report to Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse for practice Tuesday. ... Behn Wilson held the rookie goal record for a Flyers defenseman, set in 1978-79. ... Philadelphia's 21 shots in the second was its most in a period since it had 22 in the second period vs. Ottawa on March 2, 2013.