Carter Hortes stopped 37 shots, Noah Cates scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and Philadelphia beat the Tampa Bay lightning 3-2 Tuesday night for the Flyers’ third straight comeback win to open the season.
Hart made a pad save on a breakaway by Brayden Point in the first period and improved to 1-5-1 against Tampa Bay. Cates completed the rally from a two-goal deficit by scoring from the slot after a turnover at 12:44 of the third.
“Carter was outstanding,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “Kept us in it. We found a way at the end. We hope we’re building a little bit of a mindset of resiliency. I think each time it happens that way and you succeed, it just builds it for you.”This is a stinger,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We should never leave this game with zero points … probably should have left with two. This group should close that game out, and we didn’t. That’s probably a little bit of a concern.” The Lightning lost in the championship series last season after win two straight Stanley Cups. “Probably take things for granted with this team just for the past decade, what’s gone on,” Cooper said. “Early on in this first week and half, two weeks, it’s not going the way we’re used to it going. We have to fight through it, you’ve got to man up.”