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Flyers fall short to Lightning; Sign D Colaiacovo

The bad luck continues in Tampa for the the Flyers.

Philadelphia came up just short in its quest to snap a long losing streak at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning held off the Flyers in the third to win 4-3, extending their seven-game home winning streak against the Flyers.

Steven Stamkos was as dangerous as he's ever been, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Valtteri Filppula picked up three assists for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay played great defense throughout the first two periods, limiting the Flyers to just 12 shots. Ben Bishop was solid through those two periods, stopping 11 of 12 shots.

The Flyers were able to expose Bishop in the third period, getting a pair of goals on 15 shots. But Philadelphia traded goals with Tampa in the third and could never get closer than a one-goal deficit.

Stamkos scored the second of this two goals 5 minutes, 30 seconds into the third to make it 3-1. The Flyers quickly erased it just 1:08 later on Jakub Voracek's third goal of the season.

Voracek finished the game with a goal and an assist, giving him the NHL lead in assists (12) and tied for first in points (15). Claude Giroux's two assists gave him 11 on the season, good for a tie for second (tied for fourth in points with 13).

The Flyers failed to tie the game up in the next 10 minutes. Then Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got called for a controversial too-many-men penalty in which Bellemare protested he got off the ice in time.

The Lightning capitalized on the referees' call. With the score still 3-2, Jason Garrison gave the Lightning some much needed breathing room on a blast from the point during the power play to make it 4-2.

Michael Raffl remained hot in his last few games, scoring a goal in the final minute to make it 4-3. With goalie Ray Emery pulled, Voracek sent a pass across the slot to Raffl, who deposited it for his sixth goal of the season and fourth in the last three games.

Emery, making his fourth straight start, finished the game with 28 saves. He wasn't as good as he was the last two games, but the team didn't play well in front of him again.

Brandon Manning made his season debut in place of rookie Shayne Gostisbehere. Manning recorded an assist on Voracek's third period goal, and earned an even rating in 14:09 of ice time.

Flyers sign Colaiacovo

Following a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Flyers signed free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

Colaiacovo, 31, will bolster the Flyers defense, giving them a veteran presence for depth. He played 11 seasons in the NHL, most recently was with the St. Louis Blues. Last season, he posted a goal and three assists for four points in 25 games with St. Louis.

Colaiacovo has battled injuries in the past, but when healthy is a very reliable blue liner. 

Colaiacovo's signing means that rookie Shayne Gostisbehere's trial with the Flyers is possibly done for now. The Flyers called up Brandon Manning on Wednesday, and Manning played well in the Flyers loss. Colaiacovo will serve as the seventh defenseman and Gostisbehere will likely return to Lehigh Valley.

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John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
Twitter: @Roose_TCL@TCLFlyers
Email: russo@thecheckingline.com