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Tampa Bay’s nine-game winning streak ends against Flyers

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The record nine-game winning streak for the Tampa Bay Lightning has ended.

The Lightning came out cold against the Philadelphia Flyers Monday, getting off a season-low of 18 shots in a 4-2 defeat. The Bolts gave up three goals – including an empty-netter – in the third period.

Tampa Bay had taken a 1-0 lead on a shot by Ondrej Palat, and goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy was playing well. But Vasilevskiy faced 39 shots and, eventually, gave up the go-ahead goals.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored the Lightning’s second goal. Rookie Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice for Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay returns home to play against Boston tonight, then faces the Flyers again on Friday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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