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Panthers Wrap-Up: Lightning 2, Panthers 1 (OT)

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
LIGHTNING 0 0 1 1 2
FLA - T. Fleischmann (10)

TBL - V. Lecavalier (10), PPG - S. Stamkos (12)
SUNRISE, FLA (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal 2:29 into overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night.

Florida's Tomas Fleischmann and Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier scored in regulation.

"We had some opportunities and the game certainly wasn't the pace that our team has played for our last majority of the games. At the end of it, we did have some great opportunities. Unfortunately you don't end up on the top of it. Disappointing loss for us."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen
1. Figuring Out The 1-3-1: Tampa employs a pretty good defensive system, especially through the neutral zone. Guy Boucher's 1-3-1 system gives opposing teams fits and it gave the Panthers just that, at least in the first period. Tampa limited Florida's opportunities, allowing just five shots on net. The Panthers second shot in fact didn't come until there was 6:22 left in opening twenty when Kris Versteeg put a wrist shot on Mahieu Garon. The second period was a much different twenty minutes as the Panthers found their ways around the 1-3-1 by chipping the puck in and using their speed to get around the defense. Florida was much more active with this route as they threw 13 shots on Garon. Tampa also found more success as they also put 13 shots on net.

2. The Play Of Theodore: Panthers netminder Jose Theodore continued his strong play this season. Despite coming up one save short, Theodore was tested throughout and had to come up with some pretty big saves. None bigger than the one (or two) on Lightning forward Dana Tyrell from his belly. Tyrell got two wacks at the puck but the Panthers netminder got his glove on it to stop the puck from going into the net for the game's first goal with 13:22 left on the clock. Theodore finished with 29 saves on the night (.936 save percentage). Theodore has a 9-4-3 record this season with a 2.37 goals against average and .922 save percentage.

3. Disappointing End To An Otherwise Extraordinary Homestand: Winning the first three games of their four game homestand, the Panthers were looking to go perfect. After defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was sent to the box for interference 48 seconds into the extra session, that extra point was ultimately lost. That's because sniper Steven Stamkos scored with 19 seconds left in the penalty for his 12th goal of the season. Most would be happy with seven out of eight points but for the Panthers, they knew that they had their opportunities to take all of the points and keep the Lightning from gaining ground in the Division. What made the game even more disapponting was it was the second straight contest that the Panthers had a lead on their cross-state foes yet failed to nail down the second point.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@MetsPanthersFan: 7 out of 8 points on a home stand - cant complain. We have a great team - how bout them #flapanthers!

@erbacaaa: In shock. Thought we had this one. What a disappointing finish. At least #FlaPanthers got a point on a night the #caps got none

@BrianRuderman: Panthers lose in OT <<groan>>. We'll get 'em next time. #weseered #flapanthers

@teenz16: Well we had a good streak a little break wont hurt, shake it off #FLApanthers

@benjamin_arkin: Tough loss in OT but I'll take 7 of 8 points on the homestand #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Matt Brewster: Still more excited about this years Panthers than I ever was as a two time season ticket holder... Keep it up guys!

James Griffin: ‎7 out of 8 points NO COMPLAINTS !!!!!!!!!!! "In Dale we trust"

Mark Zola: Good game in the end..sloppy mistake cost us the game but besides that they played's exciting to see this rivalry look way more legit this year!

Jeff Main: tough loss, still a point to help our cause at least. let's not look at the downside to this and look towards the next game where they can figure how to better themselves. Come fellow Panther fans! We cheer for our boys regardless, thick & thin!

Thomas Ouillette:
Can't take penalties in OT. Just can't do it.


4. Scoring the game's first goal in the second period, Tomas Fleischmann extended his point streak to four games where he has posted six points (3-3) over that time frame.

10. With their goals in the game, both Fleischmann and Tampa forward Vincent Lecavalier netted their 10th of the season. Also, with the game-winner, Steven Stamkos recorded the 10th of his career against the Panthers (21 games).

After combining for just 12 shots in the opening period, both the Panthers and Lightning had 13 shots each.

21. Stamkos' winning power play goal in overtime ended a pretty good streak for the Panthers penalty killing unit as they had successfully killed 21 straight penalties over the last eight games. Florida's last power play goal allowed came on October 31 against Winnipeg.

25. Center Stephen Weiss was a busy man in the face-off circle, taking a game-high 25 draws. While finishing winning just 12 of those draws (48%), Weiss accounted for 42% of the team's face-offs (60 total). Mike Santorelli was the next closest Panther with just 12 face-offs taken.
Martin St. Louis
The wizardry of Martin St. Louis is mesmerizing. The Lightning forward set up both Bolts goals on the night and he finished with two takeaways as well.

2 Assists, +1, 3 Shots
Florida and Tampa meet for the second time in two nights, this time at the St. Pete Times Forum. It's the team's fifth meeting of the season. The last time Florida was in Tampa, they earned a 7-4 victory on October 17 as they scored a franchise tying record five power play goals. It will be the fifth meeting between the two as both have won two games (Florida: 2-0-2, Tampa: 2-1-1).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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