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

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 1 0 2 0 1-4 3
Lightning 2 1 0 0 2-4 4
FLA - S. Matthias (1), N. Bjugstad (1), B. Boyes (5)
TBL - M. St Louis (7), S. Stamkos (8), PPG - R. Gudas (1), SO - S. Stamkos

SUNRISE, FL —  (AP) - Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula both scored in the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers 4-3 at BB&T Center on Sunday.

Stamkos made some nifty moves and slipped the puck past Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom on his left side for the deciding goal..

"That's a coaches dream. Someone is going to get [benched] and instead gets a little life, gets back in there…He's made for those kind of moments. It was a professional response by him."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen on forward Brad Boyes.
1. Quick Strike Lightning: Playing the night before in Tampa, one would have thought that the Panthers would have taken advantage of the Lightning's second second game in two days but it was the Lightning who got on the board with two goals in the opening five minutes of the game. It was all thanks to the line of Martin St Louis, Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone. The game's first goal had Stamkos setting up St Louis on the rush just 41 seconds into the game. Stamkos then scored on a rebound off Malone's inital shot, scoring into the wide open net with a slap shot from just inside the face-off circle for a two-goal advantage 4:35 in.

2. Fighting Back: The Panthers saw themselves trailing by two goals on two seperate occasions but as they have in the past, found a way to fight back. Trailing 2-0, Shawn Matthias finally found the score sheet on the season, putting a backhand in on the rebound off of Jesse Winchester's initial shot in the first. After Radko Gudas scored to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead heading into the third, Florida kept pushing and were finally rewarded after Nick Bjugstad redirected Scottie Upshall's shot past Anders Lindback 5:39 into the period. A little less than three and a half minutes later, Brad Boyes took a turnover in the Lightning zone, made a deke on Lindback and slid the puck five-hole to knot the game up with 11:09 to play.

3. Only One Point: Boyes tally would eventually force overtime and both teams had their chances in the five minute session. Florida finished with three shots on Lindback while Tampa Bay had two shots on Markstrom but the second game of the Governor's Cup series between the two in-state rivals would be settled in the shootout. Just like regulation, Tampa Bay got off to a fast start as Valteri Filpulla scored on the Lightning's first shot while it took the third shooter and Boyes to tie the game on their last attempt. Heading into sudden death, Stamkos scored the eventual game-winner with a beautiful deke on Markstrom while defenseman Dmitry Kulikov had Lindback beat but the puck rolled off his stick on the attempt. A great comeback attempt that would only net the Cats one point when with the way the games have fallen, two points were much needed.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@altereg0: I may be crazy but at some point some of these great chances the #FlaPanthers generate every game have to go in, right?

@305MiamiTeams: Ugh I hate these shootout losses. #FlaPanthers now 1-2 in it this season. Get a point but we're trailing in the Governor's Cup. #TBLightning

@seasidecreature: First hockey game but at least I got to see a shoot out! #hockey #nhl #FlaPanthers

@kylefoundglory: Booooo!!! #FLAPanthers fall 4-3 after shootout. Damn.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Kendal Lea Adam: Breaks my heart

Nancie Gilman-Tarnowski: Another shoot out...another loss

Pamela Rossow: We really need to figure out how to shut em down in OT and score on power plays!

Jeff Carter: i can't understand why the cats only score in the 3rd .

1. A huge monkey off his back for Shawn Matthias as he netted his first goal of the season and first in 23 games dating back to March 30 against New Jersey when he scored on a rebound to bring the Cats to within 2-1.

1. A game after finishing with a season high 45 shots on net, the Panthers posted 32 on the Lightning. All but one player (defenseman Brian Campbell) was credited with a shot on the night. Leading the way was forward Tomas Kopecky with four.

7. The Panthers scoring was a team effort as seven different players recorded points on the Cats three goals. Brad Boyes' game-tying goal in the third went unassisted on the turnover.

31. The face-off battle was a dead heat as both teams won 31 draws on the night. For Florida, center Nick Bjugstad finished with a 63% winning percentage, winning 10 of his 16 draws to lead the way for the Cats.

41. It didn't take long for the Lightning to strike in the game as Martin St Louis got them on the board 41 seconds into the game with his seventh of the season.

Steven Stamkos
Got the scoring started as he set up St Louis 41 seconds in and then gave the Lightning a 2-0 advantage less than four minutes later. Had the shootout game-winner to give the visitors two points.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +1, 3 Shots, 21:00 TOI
Florida will now have four days off before wrapping up their season long six game home stand. Friday night, they'll look to avenge their 7-0 shutout loss in the second game of the season to the St Louis Blues. St. Louis, who play Winnipeg Tuesday night before playing the Panthers, has gone 6-1-2 in their first nine games of the season and are led offensively by forwards Alexander Steen (15 points) and David Backes (11 points). Netminder Jaroslav Halak has posted a 6-1-1 record with a 2.17 GAA and .917 save percentage in his eight games played.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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