December 16, 2014

Owners of a franchise-record win streak, the Tampa Bay Lightning can next match their longest-ever run on the road when they face an opponent they've dominated in recent seasons.

The Lightning try for a 10th consecutive victory and seventh in a row away from home while trying to spoil the finale of the Philadelphia Flyers' successful homestand Monday night.

Tampa Bay (39-22-4) needed a comeback to set the team mark with a 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina on Saturday. Tyler Johnson got the tying goal with 6:18 remaining in regulation and Alex Killorn scored in the final minute of the extra period.

"It's hard enough to win in this league, let alone ring off nine in a row," said coach Jon Cooper, whose team is 20-5-0 in its last 25. "It's a testament to how the group has really stuck together."

Ondrej Palat added two goals for Tampa Bay.

The first-place Lightning can now equal their best road win streak, established Jan. 7-Feb. 1, 2007. They can also add to a two-point lead over Florida and three-point advantage over Boston in the Atlantic Division.

They've won 14 of 18 against the Flyers (30-23-11), their best results against any Eastern Conference opponent since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

The Lightning topped Philadelphia 3-2 in overtime in the season opener for both clubs Oct. 8 at Tampa. Ben Bishop stopped two penalty shots - one in OT - and paved the way for defenseman Jason Garrison to net the winning goal, his second of the game.

Tampa Bay has taken five of eight meetings at Philadelphia, splitting its two trips there last season.

The Flyers bounced back from a 4-0 defeat to Edmonton on Thursday with a 6-0 rout of Columbus on Saturday, giving them a 4-1-0 mark on their six-game homestand and a sixth victory in nine contests overall.

Ex-Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas scored two goals - ending a 65-game drought - and had two assists.

"I think we all knew what we needed to do to win this game. We had our mindset on the right things," he said. "I'm glad we turned it around that fast. I'm glad we got the two points."

Gudas will face his former team for the first time. He was a healthy scratch in the season opener.

Forward Wayne Simmonds has four goals and two assists in his last six matchups with Tampa Bay, while Flyers leading scorer Claude Giroux has one goal and nine assists in the past eight meetings.

Lightning star Steven Stamkos has recorded 10 goals and four assists in his last 10 games against Philadelphia. Valtteri Filppula has three goals and 10 assists in a 10-game streak versus the Flyers.

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