Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.
Lightning 4, Panthers 3 (SO)
– It didn’t take long for the whistle to blow. Just four seconds to be exact as a fight broke out between one known for dropping the gloves and one not so much. Lined up across from each other to start the game, Ville Peltonen went one-on-one with Tampa big man Evgeny Artyukhin in what seemed to be a payback for Artyukhin’s knee-to-knee hit on Peltonen in Tampa on January 17th. According to the site hockeyfights.com, it was Peltonen’s first fight of his NHL career. It was Artyukhin’s fourth fight of the season. And just another stat. Peltonen was giving up 6 inches and 77 pounds to the heavyweight.7
– Tampa recorded the first two shots of the game but after that, the Panthers placed seven straight on Karri Ramo, including two on a power play. Florida finished the first period with a 15-5 edge in the shot category.18
– Streaking down the center of the ice and trailing David Booth, rookie Michael Frolik took a pass from the wing and blasted a shot past Ramo’s blocker pad for the Cats first goal of the game with 4:11 left in the first period. The 18th goal of the season, Frolik is now 4th in goals for rookies. For Booth, it stretched his assist/point streak to four games.34:12
– It took awhile. With the Panthers controlling play for the first half of the game, Tampa Bay didn’t hit the double digits count in shots until there was 5:48 left in the second period as Cory Murphy had a 48 foot wrist shot on Tomas Vokoun, taking 34:12 of game time to accomplish the feat.50
- Some missed shot attempts led to the Panthers second goal. Stephen Weiss
drove towards the goal line and through a shot that went through the crease to Cory Stillman. Stillman's rebound shot hit the right post and bounced out to the front of the net where Booth eeked it by Ramo for his team leading 25th goal of the season and 50th of his career 17:11 into the middle period. It was his team leading ninth power play goal.49
– Picking up the second assist on Booth’s goal, Weiss recorded his 49th point of the season, a new career high. The 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists) lead the team. He would add another assist later in the contest for 50.70
– The Panthers two-goal lead didn’t last very long. 70 seconds to be exact as a familiar face beat Vokoun to bring the score to 2-1. With Peltonen in the box for tripping, Murphy blasted a shot from the point past Vokoun for his fifth of the season with 1:39 remaining in the second. Murphy played in 54 games for the Panthers in the last season and a half and was picked up off of waivers by the Lightning on January 19th.4 (part II)
– The Cats would regain the two-goal lead 5:35 into the final period and the man who gave them the initial two-goal lead did it again. It was almost like déjà-vu as Weiss took the initial shot. This time it found Booth who put it into the open net for his 26th of the season. It’s Booth’s fourth 3+ point night and second in the last four games (4-point night against Saint Louis). Booth now has 9 points in the last four games.2
– Not good when you look at it, but for the second time in the last three games, Florida blew a 2-goal lead in the third period. Tuesday, they held a 3-1 lead heading into the third against Pittsburgh and tonight they held a two-goal lead when Booth scored 5:45 into the final period. Goals by Martin St. Louis (6:18 remaining) and Jeff Halpern (3:30 remaining) tied the score at three and rookie Steven Stamkos recorded the only shootout goal to give Tampa the 4-3 victory. It was also the Panthers fourth loss (24-1-3) when leading heading into the final period of play.8
– Speaking of the shootout. The Cats loss was their eighth this season in the one-on-one matchup. That ties them for most in the league in the category, ironically with Tampa Bay. They are now 3-8 in the bonus session, going 1-5 at home and 2-3 on the road. It was the third time this season that the two clubs have met in the shootout (Tampa has won two of them).