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Panthers Wrap-Up: Lightning 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
3-4 (SO)
1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 3 0 0 0 0-4 3
LIGHTNING 0 2 1 0 1-3 4
FLA - PPG - B. Campbell (1), T. Kopecky (2), M. Santorelli (1)

TBL - PPG - R. Malone (4), S. Stamkos (10), S. Downie (2)
SUNRISE, FLA (AP) - Dominic Moore scored the shootout winner to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

Ryan Malone, Steven Stamkos, and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning. Dwayne Roloson stopped all 29 shots he faced after coming in late in the first period in relief of Mathieu Garon.

"What ends up happening, you wonder where these points have gone in March and April when you need them. We squandered away, you hate to look back a handful of games but we've p*$#ed away points. We should have three or four extra points by now. It comes around to bite you in the a*@ towards the end."

- Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski on the squandering of the lead and what would turn out to be a loss of another point.
1. A Fast Start: After trailing after one period of play in the previous two games, the Panthers turned the tides as they blitzed the Bolts in the opening 20 minutes. Florida came hard and chased a shaky Mathieu Garon after scoring on three of their first 12 shots. Brian Campbell started it with a power play tally just 1:49 into the game. It didn't get any better for Garon as the Panthers killed off a penalty and scored on the ensuing rush 13:05 in as Tomas Kopecky scored off a nice pass from Jack Skille (who was in the box just seconds before). The final nail came 2:16 later when Mike Santorelli scored on a rush of his own.

2. Squandering The Lead: Up 3-0 after one period of play, it seemed like the Panthers would walk away with their third victory of the season against the Lightning. The Bolts had other ideas however as they got a power play goal from Ryan Malone and then a goal on a snipe from Steven Stamkos to cut the lead to one heading into the final 20 minutes. About midway through the final stanza, disaster for the Panthers struck as Teddy Purcell tipped in a Steve Downie shot from in close as the puck went in off of Scottie Upshall who was on the crease. You hate to see a lead squandered, especially one when you're up by three goals but the Panthers got sloppy over the final period and a half and it cost them.

3. Still No Shootout Success: For the third game in a row the Panthers were forced to go to the shootout and for the third game in a row they couldn't find a way to solve the opposing team's netminder, going 0-9 in that span after failing to score in four attempts against Tampa. They are now 1-12 in shooting percentage on the season in four shootouts and you have to wonder when the luck will change. It's tough to give up a third point in a row, especially when all it requires is one extra goal.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Van_Murph:  New team, new jerseys, new coach, new everything... Same old story... #FlaPanthers blow a 3-goal lead and and go 0-0-3 on the homestand. :(

@CochinoChuy: These #FlaPanthers cardiac games are killing me too quickly to be less than 20 games into the season.

@DavidJNeal: #FlaPanthers outscore #Lightning 3-0 when I'm not watching, outscored 3-0 when I'm watching. Sigh.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

John Friel: This team hasn't changed at all. 3 straight shootout losses with ZERO goals.

Ryan Brent: this team is breaking my heart

Adam Hernandez: Well this really is a heart breaker after two great periods we botch it in the 3rd Dineen better lay into them cause this was in the bag

Sami Rharmili: How suprising another shootout loss. the team cant win a shootout for sh..t

Carsten Frenz: Bullshit! How can you give such a game away...

1. A couple of Panthers collected their firsts of the season in the opening 20 minutes. Brian Campbell scored on the power play for his first as a Panther while forward Mike Santorelli, who was coming off a 20-goal campaign, potted his first of the season.

3. The Panthers had a three goal lead but it wasn't enough as the Lightning came back to tie the game at three with 8:11 gone in the third after two second period goals. Also, the three goals by the Panthers in the first period was the second time this season that the Panthers posted three in a period against the Lightning. The other time came October 17 in the third period in Tampa.

Up 1-0 in the first period, Jack Skille was called for holding on a mini breakaway. The penalty worked as the Panthers killed off the penalty and scored nine seconds following the completion of his penalty as Skille set up Tomas Kopecky for a sweet goal at the 13:05 mark.

4. Florida outshot Tampa Bay 41-37 in Sunday's action. It was the fourth straight game (162-127) that the Panthers have outshot their opponents.

86. Tampa Bay turned what seemed like a blowout into a game with goals 86 seconds apart. Ryan Malone scored a power play goal with 3:40 left in the second while Steven Stamkos made it a one goal game with 2:14 left on the clock.

Dwayne Roloson
Not even scheduled to see action, Dwayne Roloson came in with 4:39 left in the first and shut the door on the Panthers as he turned aside all 29 shots.

29 Shots, 29 Saves, 1.000 SV%
The Panthers will travel to Canada for their second trip of the season north of the border as they will battle the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets in a two-game road trip. Facing the Leafs on Tuesday, Florida will have their hands full as Toronto has gotten off to a hot start, racing out to a 9-4-1 record. Currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, the Leafs are led offensively by Phil Kessel. The winger leads the league in points (21) and is tied for the league lead in goals (10).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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