Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sestito shocks Lightning with two goals in Flyers win

February 5, 2013

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Rock star and filmmaker Rob Zombie, who is creating a film about the Broad Street Bullies, was in attendance for Tuesday night's game at the Wells Fargo Center.

It only seems fitting that the Flyers' brawn took center stage in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Zac Rinaldo got the crowd into it early when he fought Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen in the first period. Rinaldo hammered Crombeen with a slew of right hands until he was down on the ice.

Crombeen left the game and didn't return following the fight.

Tom Sestito scored both of the Flyers' goals, using the same move for both. Deke to the backhand and through the five-hole.

Sestito (1, 4:25), who had not scored a goal since December 2010 or scored in 18 games as a Flyer, received a pass from Jakub Voracek and put the puck through the legs of Anders Lindback to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second.

After a defensive breakdown led to a Lightning goal by Beniot Pouliot in the third (3, 9:30), Sestito struck again.

With under 10 minutes left in the period Max Talbot took the puck into the offensive zone along the boards. He sent a pass into the slot that was deflected by Ruslan Fedotenko over to Sestito (2, 11:11), who finished the play to give the Flyers a one-goal lead.

Sestito's two goals on Tuesday night match his career high, which he set in the 2010-2011 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ilya Bryzgalov had another excellent game in goal, saving 21 of the Lightning's 22 shots.

He stopped two would be goals off a one-time shot by Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos with 3:08 left in the first, then a shot off a loose puck from Lightning rookie Cory Conacher with 15:44 left in the third. Bryzgalov   hit just a piece of the puck with a swipe from his glove to knock it over the top of the net.

Bryzgalov would see Conacher again in the same period.

Conacher skated the puck towards the net and collided with Bryzgalov with 11:49 left in regulation.

Bryzgalov was down for a moment, but got back up and finished out the game. Coancher was not called for a goaltender interference penalty.

Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier, in what could be seen as a show of frustration, dropped the gloves with  Max Talbot seconds after Sestito's second goal.

With Talbot already taken down Lecavalier got in a couple extra shots before the refs completely brokeup the fight.

Lecavalier's efforts failed to spark his team however, as the Flyers (4-6-0) kept the Lightning (6-3-0) off the board long enough to earn their second straight win.

The Florida Panthers (3-5-1) visit the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. In their last match-up against the Flyers back on January 26, the Panthers lost 7-1 in a game that saw Matt Read score his first NHL hat-trick.

Extra Note: Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle played in Philadelphia for the first time since signing with the Lightning in the off-season. When he touched the puck, the fans booed.

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