When all is said and done this NHL season, this might go down as the weirdest game of the year. The Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off in Philly last night, and after the home team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, it seemed like a lead that Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would be able to hold given the way his season has gone to this point.
Little did we know that Bobrovsky, who had yet to face a shot at that point, would totally implode, as would Tampa goalie Dan Ellis... and other Tampa goalie Mike Smith... and other Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher... and all 12 defensemen in the lineups. The teams combined for fifteen goals when all was said and done, including NINE in the first period.
Oh, and Tampa wound up winning 8-7, by the way.
The last time nine goals were scored in a period was in 1992. NHL.com put together a pretty hilarious video of the whole frame.
The one overwhelming lesson we can learn from this game? Well, Steven Stamkos is scary good, as if we needed him to score a hat trick -- giving him 19 goals in 19 games, by the way -- and put up a five point night to prove that.
Weird stats from the night:
- Only five Lightning skaters finished without a point: Mattias Ohlund, Pavel Kubina, Johan Harju, Mathieu Roy and James Wright. And that's with Stamkos and Martin St. Louis both putting up five points a piece.
- In fact, St. Louis' five points weren't even enough to keep him on the plus side of things. He was on the ice for six Philadelphia goals, finishing a minus-1.
- Ironically, agent Bill Zito was in the house to watch two of his clients perform. Those two clients? Leino and Timonen, two of the players who didn't put up a point.
- Philly's James van Riemsdyk played just 6:36 in the game.... and wound up a plus-2.
- Tampa won the game, 8-7, and didn't lead until that final goal of the game. They scored it 5:19 into the third period and from there, the scoring stopped.
Perhaps the best part of the night came in the midst of that ridiculous first period. Tampa's Brett Clark teed up a shot from near the face-off dot, the net moved, the puck went off the glass, and the whistle blew. Huh.
Oh, damn. My man just broke the net. Oddly enough, the officials didn't fix the hole before resuming play, but it didn't matter. It's not like there were 15 goals scored or anything.