FINAL
CGY
2
TOR
3
FINAL SO
COL
6
MTL
5
FINAL
NYR
2
NYI
4
FINAL OT
LAK
3
PHI
2
FINAL
BUF
3
PIT
2
FINAL
OTT
1
WSH
2
FINAL
WPG
1
PHX
4
FINAL SO
TBL
2
FLA
3
FINAL SO
NJD
3
NSH
2
FINAL OT
DET
3
MIN
2
FINAL
CBJ
2
DAL
4
FINAL SO
BOS
3
CHI
2
FINAL
VAN
4
EDM
3
FINAL
STL
4
SJS
2
TBL
38-36-8
FLA
38-26-18
SO
30 SOG
38 SOG

Panthers top Lightning 3-2 in shootout

Alain Poupart  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

SUNRISE, Fla., -- With a helping hand from goalie Jose Theodore, Ed Jovanovski got to enjoy a nice homecoming Saturday night.

Jovanovski scored a power-play goal in his first home game in a Florida uniform in more than a decade and the revamped Panthers went on to beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in a shootout.

"It feels good," Jovanovski said of his return to Florida. "The guys worked hard. It was nice to get that one early and feed off the crowd. It was a good one for us."

Marcel Goc scored the only goal of the shootout on Florida's second attempt and Theodore secured the victory by stopping Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier. When Theodore denied Lecavalier's backhand deke on Tampa Bay's third try, he quickly and emphatically raised his right arm in celebration.

"They have a lot of skill," Theodore said of the Lightning. "You look at the players that came down and shot, they're really skilled players. When I saw Vinny, he's one of my good friends from back home, so obviously I didn't want him to score. Sometimes he did score on me, but not tonight. It was a big win. The guys played really well."

The Panthers improved to 2-1-0, while the Lightning completed their five-game season-opening trip with a 1-2-2 mark. The teams meet again in Tampa on Monday night in the Lightning's home opener.

Jovanovski opened the scoring at 11:48 of the first period with his 30th goal in a Panthers uniform but his first since Jan. 1, 1999, against Carolina. Sixteen days later, he was sent to Vancouver as part of the trade that brought Pavel Bure to Florida. The span between the two goals was 4,670 days — 12 years, 9 months and 14 days.

With Dominic Moore in the penalty box for goaltender interference, Jovanovski scored when his slap shot from the point in the middle of the ice deflected off the leg of Lightning forward Tom Pyatt and beat 
Mathieu Garon to the glove side.

During the pregame ceremonies before a crowd of 18,352 at the BankAtlantic Center, Jovanovski received one of the loudest ovations.

"It was great," Jovanovski said. "I've always said these fans were always great to me. It was tough to leave them, but it's good to be back. Hopefully, we can build something here."

The Panthers were able to get the victory despite blowing the lead twice in the third period. Goc scored on a deke and backhander between the legs of Garon on Florida's second attempt.

Kris Versteeg added a power-play goal for the Panthers, while Theodore made 28 saves in regulation and overtime.

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored both goals for Tampa Bay.

"It's not exactly where we want to be but in watching this one we came back twice and worked hard," coach Guy Boucher said.  "Last year in our last games of our road trips we were awful. We got 
our butts kicked every time on the last game of our road trip and not this time."

The Lightning, who have lost four in a row since opening with a 5-1 victory at Carolina, play their home opener Monday night in a rematch against the Panthers.

"It's going to be big for us," Garon said. "I think this road trip was real important for us and now going back home is going to be fun for everybody. We've been on the road a lot the last month, so our 
first game at home is going to be exciting."

Garon, making his second start of the season for Tampa Bay, made 36 saves.

But there was one play he wanted to have back and that was Goc's shootout attempt and his decision to attempt to poke-check the Panthers center.

"I usually don't do that," Garon said. "I don't know why I went for the poke check, but I don't like to do those things."

Theodore came into the game with a 7-0 record and a 1.86 goals-against average in his last seven games against Tampa Bay, which lost 6-0 at Florida in the Panthers' home opener last season.

Versteeg gave Florida a 2-1 period with 2:55 left in regulation when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from Dmitry Kulikov, but Bergeron tied it 39 seconds later with a one-timer from outside the right circle.

Bergeron had tied the game 1-1 at 9:43 of the third period with a wrist shot through traffic from the right point.

"A little more entertaining than it needed to be," said Panthers coach Kevin Dineen. "I thought we had such a good 45 minutes and we seemed to sit on our heels a little bit. And when you have a team 
that talented, they're certainly going to try to take advantage of you.

"A very entertaining game, but the overall picture of it was I was just happy with the intangibles, the energy we had out there, the enthusiasm. We fed off a fabulous crowd tonight. Our crowd was really 
into it. Definitely made for a very entertaining game."

Thanks to four power plays, Florida set a season high for shots in a period with 14 in the opening 20 minutes. The Panthers topped that with 15 in the second period.

Tampa Bay came into the game having killed off all 21 opposition power plays this season, but Jovanovski's goal stopped the Lightning's streak at 22 consecutive kills.

The Lightning went 0-for-2 on the power play and is now 0-for-14 in their last four games. Florida is 9-for-9 on the penalty kill this  season.

Theodore came up big on those two Tampa Bay power plays -- just as he did in the shootout.

"Let's not forget, Jose Theodore is a good player," Dineen said. "He's proven that over the length of a career. We felt that he was a No. 1 goalie but, for me, he really had to earn it. He had a pretty stinky training camp but since then he's been pretty solid. He's slowly built up. Even before the season started, you could see he's amping things up. He's certainly answered the call for us in these first three games."

1st2nd3rdOTsoT
TBL ()
FLA ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:48FLA PPG - Ed Jovanovski (1) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (1), David Booth (1) 1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:43TBL Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) ASST: Dominic Moore (2) 1 - 1 Tie
17:05FLA PPG - Kris Versteeg (1) ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (1), Brian Campbell (3) 2 - 1 FLA
17:44TBL Marc-Andre Bergeron (2) ASST: Pavel Kubina (1), Martin St. Louis (2) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1FLAKris Versteeg - Save
2TBLMartin St. Louis - Save
3FLAMarcel Goc - Goal
4TBLSteven Stamkos - Save
5FLATomas Fleischmann - Missed
6TBLVincent Lecavalier - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDFlorida PanthersTampa Bay Lightning
1Kris VersteegMartin St. Louis
2Marcel GocSteven Stamkos
3Tomas FleischmannVincent Lecavalier
Three Stars of the Game
Marcel Goc
1st
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 18:38
Marc-Andre Bergeron
2nd
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:34
Kris Versteeg
3rd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:03
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:18FLA Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Matt Gilroy
05:32TBL Mattias Ritola  Elbowing against  Stephen Weiss
10:48TBL Dominic Moore  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jose Theodore
12:24TBL Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Sean Bergenheim
15:14TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Interference against  Marcel Goc
19:08FLA Ed Jovanovski  Interference against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
12:16TBL Steve Downie  Misconduct (10 min)
12:16TBL Steve Downie  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Erik Gudbranson
12:16FLA Erik Gudbranson  Misconduct (10 min)
12:16FLA Erik Gudbranson  Instigator against  Steve Downie
12:16FLA Erik Gudbranson  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:16TBL Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Gudbranson
12:16FLA Erik Gudbranson  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
12:16TBL Brett Clark  Tripping against  Jack Skille
14:40TBL Dominic Moore  Tripping against  Sean Bergenheim
3rd Period
15:42TBL Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Tomas Fleischmann
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodTBLFLA
1st914
2nd715
3rd99
OT50
Total3038
Team Stats
CategoryTBLFLA
Power Plays0/22/6
Hits4128
Faceoff Wins2629
Giveaways14
Takeaways40
Blocked Shots1111
Penalty Minutes3123
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