February 2 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“In-season breaks don’t agree with the Flyers.
On Tuesday, playing their first game in seven nights because of the all-star break, the Flyers resumed their Unfinished Business Tour, and, well, looked as if they were still on vacation in the opening minutes.
Ex-Flyers Simon Gagne and Steve Downie played a role in all three of the Lighting’s first-period goals en route to a 4-0 win at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Goalie Dwayne Roloson, 41, acquired from the Islanders for Ty Wishart on Jan. 1, looked like the second coming of Bernie Parent as he made 38 saves to key the victory. Roloson (8-3) notched his fourth shutout in 11 games with Tampa Bay.
“We had a lot of shots, but we have to do a better job of getting traffic in front of the goalie,” defenseman Chris Pronger said.
Tampa Bay has won all three games against the Flyers this season. The Lightning, winners of six straight, moved to within two points of the first-place Flyers in the Eastern Conference.
The Lightning hope to surpass the Flyers during their 12-game homestand, which has nine games left.
After the morning skate, Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said the Flyers were a “measuring stick” for his team.
“Right now, I think they’re the best team in the league and have no weaknesses whatsoever,” he said. “When I look at their depth chart, it’s pretty scary. They have three No. 1 center men, so basically they have three first lines.”
But it was Tampa Bay that looked like a powerhouse as it scored two goals in the first 1 minute, 21 seconds and built a 3-0 first-period lead against goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
“It will be fun to see where we’re at,” Gagne said before he helped set up the first goal – scored by Teddy Purcell as he finished a two-on-one with captain Vincent Lecavalier after 19 seconds. Gagne also assisted on the second goal.
Just 1:21 into the game, Gagne’s shot deflected off Purcell’s shin to make it 2-0 after two shots. Gagne swatted the puck after it caromed off the back boards and past a Flyer out front.”
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