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Lightning headed in wrong direction after loss to Flyers

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Slippery stuff, this ice.

One second, a team can glide along. The next, it can lose its footing. Just ask the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have followed their record nine-game winning streak with a three game losing streak.

The Lightning fell 3-1 Friday night, losing to Philadelphia for the second time in a week. Only Brian Boyle’s late goal kept the team from being shut out for the second straight game.

Tampa Bay had only 19 shots in the defeat. The Bolts have scored only three goals in three games.

Sam Gagner and Matt Read scored on power plays for the Flyers. Brayden Schenn made it 3-0.

Ben Bishop stopped 22 shots, but he allowed three in.

“Obviously it’s a tight race,” Bishop said. “We won nine games in a row, and we’re in second place. There is no room for that because you see when you win nine in a row you don’t really go anywhere in the standings, so it’s just important not to fall on the wrong side of things. We got a point the other night and we lose tonight, so it’s going to be important to win the next game.”

Tampa Bay plays at Columbus Sunday afternoon.

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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