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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Flyers

Lightning backup goalie Peter Budaj started and was helped off midway through the third after Scott Laughton slid into the back of his left leg. This is what made the acquisition of Louis Domingue last month important, with him having played well for AHL Syracuse. Expect him to get called up if Budaj is out an extended period.

The Lightning’s second goal epitomizes the kind of player Ondrej Palat is. Palat is not flashy, but often the spark behind big plays, and this was no different. Palat forced a neutral zone turnover with a ferocious forecheck, then set up Brayden Point in the slot to finish off an odd-man rush. Point got the goal, Palat made it all happen.

Just when Lightning penalty kill issues seemed over, Tampa Bay allowed two power-play goals by the Flyers, both when an opponent was left all alone for a backdoor tap-in. The Lightning had given up seven power-play goals in a three-game span before bouncing back with strong efforts Saturday and Thursday.

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