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Lightning edge Panthers 2-1 in shootout

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Dominic Moore has turned into a shootout star.

Moore, who scored the game-deciding goal Thursday in his first career shootout try, made it two in two nights when he scored the lone goal in the tie-breaker to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

The goal withstood a video review to determine whether Moore hit the puck twice while deking Tomas Vokoun. The goaltender appeared to have stopped the puck with his skate before Moore followed through and put it in.

"I thought it could go either way, to be honest," Moore said. "To me it felt like all one follow through. The skate was right there. Maybe it's one of those things, if the call on the ice was different, the review would have been different. I think it was the right call, but I'm biased."

Tampa Bay goaltender Dan Ellis made 30 saves through 65 minutes, then stopped Mike Santorelli, Michael Frolik and Stephen Weiss before Moore scored on the Lightning's third attempt. Ellis' best save was a pad stop on Dennis Wideman's one-timer in overtime.

"I thought he played great," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said about Ellis, who gave starter Dwayne Roloson the night off. "He stayed poised under pressure and he gave the rest of the team poise, too."

Steve Downie scored in regulation for Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay, which has won three in a row.

"That's our team," Boucher said. "We always find different ways to make it happen. It makes me real proud."

The Lightning also won for the first time in three meetings against Florida.

"It's a good win for us," Ellis said. "We've had a tough time winning in this building."

Cory Stillman scored for the Panthers, who wrapped up a six-game homestand 3-0-3 -- but ended with three consecutive losses. They blew a late two-goal lead and lost a shootout to Atlanta on Monday, then allowed a last-minute goal before losing in overtime to Columbus two nights later. It was the seventh consecutive one-goal game for Florida, tying a franchise record set in 2001-02.

Despite the missed opportunities, Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said he was happy getting nine out of a possible 12 points during the homestand.

"I would have taken that for sure," he said. "We have to keep building on that. But it was a good homestand and keeps us in the mix."

Vokoun stopped Vincent Lecavalier on a penalty shot with 1:05 left in overtime. Lecavalier was awarded the shot when he was tripped from behind by defenseman Bryan Allen.

Florida, last in the NHL in power-play percentage, was 0 for 7 with the man advantage, failing to score with a two-man advantage for 44 seconds in the third period.

"We had seven power plays, 5-on-3, we've got to score," Wideman said. "We score there, we score one or two, we win the hockey game. When we have that many opportunities, especially in the third period, we have to find a way to score. But other than that, we played well."

Stillman opened the scoring 50 seconds into the game with a short backhander from the front of the net. He took a rebound and tried to pass across the crease, but the puck went off Steven Stamkos' stake right back to Stillman.

Downie tied it at 14:05 of the first off a beautiful feed from Stamkos, the League leader with 37 goals. Stamkos took a pass from Martin St. Louis and skated between Wideman and Allen before dropping a back pass to Downie, who blasted a one-timer past Vokoun.

Vokoun finished with 20 saves.

"You've got to tip your cap to their goaltender," DeBoer said. "He made some big saves. Our guy made some big saves. We had the better chances. We worked hard.

"It's one of those games you can't be too upset about because I'm not sure we could have done much differently other than maybe getting a little luck around the net."

Material from wire services was used in this report

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