PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Cirelli saved the day for the Tampa Bay Lightning.Tampa Bay coughed up a four-goal lead Carolina Hurricanes Hats Authentic
, yet escaped with the win when Cirelli scored 1:47 into overtime to lift the Lightning to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.Cirelli outmuscled Wayne Simmonds to gain position in front of the net and beat Calvin Pickard with a top-shelf wrist shot. It was his fourth goal of the season.“He’s a pretty strong guy so he was battling pretty hard,” Cirelli said. “Luckily at that last second I kind of pulled it across my body and had a little bit of room to get a quick shot off and it went in.”The Lightning became the sixth team in NHL history to squander a four-goal lead in the third period and go on to win the game. Tampa Bay is the first to accomplish the feat since the Stars beat Carolina 6-5 on Dec. 8, 2015.Tampa Bay opened a 5-1 lead 9:08 into the third on Brayden Point’s fifth goal in two games. But Philadelphia rallied behind two goals by Travis Konecny and Simmonds tied it with 3:32 left in regulation, beating Louis Domingue while lying on his back.“It was a weird game,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We were up 5-1 and I don’t think the game felt like we were up 5-1. It started getting physical there, it kind of gave the crowd a little bit of life. Then they started getting breaks that they probably deserved, so from a coach’s perspective, it’s probably one you’re not too happy with Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys
, but I’m sure the fans were pretty entertained.”The Lightning won for the sixth time in eight games. Adam Erne had a goal and two assists in his first career three-point game, and Point scored twice after he had a natural hat trick in Thursday’s 4-3 victory at Pittsburgh.James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia, which has dropped three in a row. Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist, and Pickard had 20 stops while subbing for the injured Brian Elliott.Tampa Bay jumped in front with three goals in the second after a scoreless first period. Erne scored a power-play goal on a slick give-and-go play with Yanni Gourde at 6:02. Cedric Paquette and Point also scored to make it 3-1 heading into the third.Van Riemsdyk got Philadelphia on the board on the power play. The Flyers finished with three power-play goals after they scored three times with the man advantage in their previous 15 games.It was van Riemsdyk’s first goal since he signed with Philly in free agency, returning to the organization that drafted him after spending six seasons in Toronto. He recently returned to the lineup after missing six weeks with a knee injury.Erne also set up Paquette’s goal with a deft backhand pass. Erne has a career-best seven points this season after beginning the year with six goals and an assist in 49 career NHL games.Tyler Johnson and Point scored in the third before Philadelphia battled back. The Flyers’ rally began with power-play goals by Konecny and Couturier. Konecny scored again before Simmonds’ eighth of the season capped the outburst of four goals in 6:04.Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere each had two assists for the Flyers. It was the ninth multipoint game for Giroux in Philadelphia’s first 20 games.“I mean we got a point out of it,” Gostisbehere said. “I don’t know if we had any business getting a point tonight, but you know it shows the true grit of our team.”NOTES: The Lightning have scored seven times in their last 11 power-play opportunities. … Point has 14 goals and 24 points this season. … Giroux picked up an assist on van Riemsdyk’s goal for his 700th career point. He is the 237th player in NHL history to reach the total. … Van Riemsdyk played in his 200th career game as a Flyer. The first 196 came between 2009-2012. … The Flyers, who had four goals in a 6:04 span www.officialblackhawksproshop.com
, became the ninth team in NHL history to come back from a four-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation to tie a game.UP NEXTLightning: Head into Nashville for a clash with the Predators in a matchup of two of the NHL’s top teams this season.Flyers: Visit the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers not only lost their season opener, they lost goalie Roberto Luongo, too.J.T Miller and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Panthers 2-1 in the regular-season opener for both teams Saturday night.Luongo departed midway through the second period with a lower-body injury after teammate Frank Vatrano landed on his extended right leg during a scramble in front of the goal. The 39-year-old Luongo, who stopped all 13 shots he faced in just over 32 minutes, needed help to skate off the ice.“He had some ice on his knee,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “I don’t know how serious (the injury is). Hopefully that’s not going to be a long-term thing. They’re going to reassess it and I’ll know more tomorrow.”James Reimer replaced Luongo and stopped 15 shots.“He’s a battler and he’s a workhorse,” Reimer said. “Obviously you saw the position he was in when someone fell on him and you could just tell that it wasn’t an injury you could stay in the game.”Luongo was also shaken up earlier in the second when he took a shot by Steven Stamkos off the mask.Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves in regulation. He made one save in the shootout and had another shot hit the post.“They’re not all going to be pretty Chicago Blackhawks T-Shirts Authentic
, but we’ll take it and we’ll move on,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.The Lightning got a third-period, short-handed goal from Anthony Cirelli.Tampa Bay was held scoreless over the final 159:27 in the 2018 Eastern Conference Final in which eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington rebounded from a one-game deficit to win Games 6 and 7.Jacob MacDonald scored for the Panthers. Florida missed the playoffs by one point last season despite going 25-8-2 after the All-Star break.Cirelli tied it at 1 by beating Reimer with 9:15 to play.MacDonald scored at 5:58 of the first from the left circle on his first shift and shot in his first NHL game. The 25-year-old MacDonald is the sixth NHL player born in Oregon.“That’s obviously your dream, to go out there and have a shift like that,” MacDonald said.Florida center Derek MacKenzie left in the first period with an upper-body injury.NOTES: Kucherov, who had 39 goals and 100 points last season, didn’t have a shot on goal during regulation. . Lightning F Ryan Callahan (shoulder surgery) is starting the season on injured reserve, but could be back in the next month. C Tyler Johnson (upper body) didn’t play Chicago Blackhawks Hoodies Authentic
, but should return next week. … Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar (shoulder) sat out, while D Bogdan Kiselevich (jaw), LW Jamie McGinn (back) and D Josh Brown (upper body) are on IR.UP NEXTPanthers: Will honor the inaugural 1993-94 team as part of their 25th-year celebration before Thursday night’s home opener with Columbus.Lightning: Play the second of a season-opening five-game homestand Thursday night against Vancouver.