NHL Game Night: 12-27-18 Flyers at Lightning

Another wild and crazy affirmation of the 3-goal rule.

PHI-5
TB-6 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the OT win.

First Period
10:50 PHI Raffl (2), (Laughton, Sanheim)
13:56 TB Kucherov (17), (Johnson, Point)
19:12 TB Point (22), (Gourde, Stamkos)(PP)

Second Period
4:36 PHI Giroux (13), (MacDonald, Gudas)
12:23 TB Stamkos (21), (Kucherov)
14:54 TB Stamkos (22), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:51 TB Johnson (17), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Third Period
1:33 PHI Weise (5), (VanReimsdyk)
4:21 PHI Hagg (4), (Giroux, VanReimsdyk)
8:38 PHI Provorov (4), (Voracek, Couturier)

Overtime
0:18 TB Killorn (10), (Cirelli)

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

I'm going to chalk the weird complexion of this game to it being the first one back from the Christmas break and try not to read too much into it, other than that the old rule held true. The team that holds a 3-goal lead anytime after 40 minutes of hockey seemingly wins 99.9% of the time, even if the other team manages to come back and tie it.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and was +1 with 5 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 16:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.