The Flyers were looking for a big win last night in Tampa. Sean Couturier got the Flyers on the board just 59 seconds into the first on a ridiculous angle shot that somehow beat Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The Lightning got on the board when Teddy Purcell beat Michael Leighton to tie the game with five and a half minute left in the first. A minute and a half later defenseman Eric Brewer let go a shot from the point that appeared to redirect off of Max Talbot and right through Leighton to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead. With just over a minute remaining, Martin St. Louis found Vincent Lecavalier who deposited the puck above Leighton’s left shoulder to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead after the first period. The second period featured a lot of back-and-forth hockey with two Flyers power plays but no goals for either side. To begin the third period, Leighton stopped Adam Hall’s shot but left a juicy rebound out in front of the net as Victor Hedman slammed it home just 58 seconds into the third period to give Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead. Steven Stamkos would ice the game with 7:31 remaining with his third of the year to give the Lightning a 5-1 lead and they would hold on to win by the same margin. More here.
The Boston Celtics were dealt a huge blow yesterday. They welcomed the Miami Heat and former Celtic Ray Allen to TD Garden and won 100-98 in double overtime. But it was not all good news for New Englanders as news broke during the game that the Celtics would be without their starting All-Star point guard for the rest of the season. Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL which he suffered on Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks. The four time All-Star is going to get a second opinion but he is expected to have surgery and could be out up to a year. More here.
The Pro Bowl was last night and did not feature a Philadelphia Eagle for the first time since 1998. Even without an Eagle, the NFC had it's way with the AFC. After being tied 7-7 after the first quarter, the NFC exploded in the second quarter. Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes while Marshawn Lynch rushed for another touchdown and Blair Walsh kicked a 48 yard field goal. The NFC outscored the AFC 24-7 in the second quarter alone to take a 31-14 lead into halftime. The NFC would ride Russell Wilson in the third quarter too as he threw three touchdown passes to help pace the NFC to outscore the AFC 21-7 in the third quarter too. Leading 52-21 heading into the fourth quarter, the game was seemingly over. The NFC would go on to win 62-35. Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph took home MVP honors with five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown on the day. More here.