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Panthers 6, Lightning 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 6, Lightning 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Olli Jokinen's record-tying goal provided the lift Florida needed.

Jokinen had a goal and two assists to tie Scott Mellanby for Florida's career scoring lead in the Panthers' 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

"Before the season, I knew the stats," said Jokinen, who has 156 goals and 198 assists for 354 points in seven season with Florida. "But the main thing is we got two points."

Nathan Horton, Ruslan Salei, Stephen Weiss, Richard Zednik and Jozef Stumpel also scored for the Panthers, who handed Tampa Bay its first loss of the season.

Florida built a 5-1 lead in the third period, but Tampa Bay rallied to close to 5-4 with 8:44 left. Jokinen answered with a goal on a 5-on-3 power play to seal the victory.

"It's a huge goal, put us back up by two," said Horton. "He's a special player and we're lucky to have him here."

Vaclav Prospal had two third-period goals for Tampa Bay, which started the day as one of two unbeaten teams in the league along with Minnesota. Andre Roy and Jan Hlavac had the other Lightning goals.

Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves for the Panthers.

"All the credit goes to Vokoun," Jokinen said. "He made some huge saves there."

Tampa Bay goalie Johan Holmqvist was pulled after Zednik's goal made it 4-0 at 2:34 of the second period. Holmqvist gave up four goals on 15 shots.

Florida is now 8-1 against Tampa Bay at the BankAtlantic Center since the start of the 2005-06 season.

"We don t play as well as we should (there), that's for sure," said Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier, who had two assists. "But we have to stop thinking that when we come here we don't play well. That's not the way we should approach the game."

Stumpel gave Florida a four-goal cushion at 1:26 of the third on a 5-on-3 power play when he redirected Jokinen's wrist shot from the point.

Prospal started Tampa's rally. He made it 5-2 at 5:51 with a power-play goal when he completed a beautiful passing sequence by tapping in Vincent Lecavalier's cross-ice pass.

"I thought we had them when it was 5-4," said Lightning coach John Tortorella. "We had the opportunity to come back and we took another penalty. We need to get our discipline down to win in this league."

The Lightning then scored twice in 44 seconds to make it a one-goal game. Prospal scored on a short wrist shot before Hlavac one-timed Brad Richards' pass from behind the net at 8:44.

Florida grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game on goals by Horton and Salei, and took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission after Weiss scored at 18:57.

"We learned a lesson again tonight," Jokinen said. "We can't relax against a good team, even if we have a four- or five-goal lead."

scoring summary
1st Period
02:33
FLA
PPG - Nathan Horton (3) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 FLA
04:39
FLA
Ruslan Salei (1) ASST: Stephen Weiss (3), Rostislav Olesz (2)
2 - 0 FLA
18:57
FLA
Stephen Weiss (1) ASST: Nathan Horton (1), Ruslan Salei (2)
3 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
02:34
FLA
Richard Zednik (1) ASST: Ville Peltonen (1), Olli Jokinen (3)
4 - 0 FLA
02:58
TBL
Andre Roy (1) ASST: Craig MacDonald (1), Shane O'Brien (1)
4 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
01:26
FLA
PPG - Jozef Stumpel (1) ASST: Olli Jokinen (4), Cory Murphy (3)
5 - 1 FLA
05:51
TBL
PPG - Vinny Prospal (4) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (2), Brad Richards (1)
5 - 2 FLA
08:00
TBL
Vinny Prospal (5) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (3), Paul Ranger (4)
5 - 3 FLA
08:44
TBL
Jan Hlavac (1) ASST: Brad Richards (2), Brad Lukowich (1)
5 - 4 FLA
12:32
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (2) ASST: Cory Murphy (4)
6 - 4 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:41
TBL
Jason Ward  Hooking against  Jozef Stumpel
02:33
TBL
Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Nathan Horton
08:49
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
11:05
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Holding against  Craig MacDonald
17:21
TBL
Andre Roy  Tripping against  Rob Globke
17:21
TBL
Shane O'Brien  Fighting against  Gregory Campbell
17:21
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Fighting against  Shane O'Brien
18:26
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
19:55
FLA
Brett McLean  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
2nd Period
04:48
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Hooking against  Filip Kuba
17:04
FLA
Noah Welch  Holding against  Craig MacDonald
19:53
TBL
Craig MacDonald  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
3rd Period
00:19
TBL
Brad Richards  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
04:20
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
11:02
TBL
Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
11:37
TBL
Brad Lukowich  Tripping against  Richard Zednik
13:40
TBL
Chris Gratton  Roughing against  Nathan Horton
18:32
FLA
Brett McLean  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
18:38
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Hooking against  Jay Bouwmeester
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 13TOI: 35:33
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 15TOI: 22:09
Saves: 11EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 44TOI: 59:51
Saves: 40EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .909SH: 4 - 4