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Last 10: Tampa Bay (5-5-0); Florida (3-5-2)
Season Series: Tonight’s matchup between the in-state rivals is the sixth meeting and the season series’ conclusion between the two clubs. Florida has taken three of five from Tampa Bay this season, as the Lightning look to draw the series even in both teams’ last game of the regular season at the BankAtlantic Center, where Tampa Bay has not won since Mar. 14 of last season.
|Apr 10, 2010||FLA@TBL||TBL, 4 - 3|
|Mar 21, 2010||TBL@FLA||FLA, 5 - 2|
|Jan 16, 2010||TBL@FLA||FLA, 5 - 2|
|Jan 14, 2010||FLA@TBL||FLA, 3 - 2|
|Oct 12, 2009||FLA@TBL||TBL, 3 - 2|
The Big Story: Last night when the two teams met, Steven Stamkos achieved a significant milestone, while scoring his way into the franchise record books yet again with another sensational performance. Stamkos took a share of the NHL goal-scoring lead by scoring twice, giving him 50 on the season, and also tallied an assist which rendered him as the franchise record holder for most points scored at home in a single season with 54, breaking teammate Vincent Lecavalier’s previous mark of 53 set in 2007-08. Stamkos’ 50 goals also marked the second-year forward as the third-youngest player in NHL history to reach the mid-century mark, following Wayne Gretzky and Jimmy Carson.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay wraps up a home and home series in Sunrise tonight to conclude the 2009-10 regular season. The Bolts defeated the Southeast Division rivals last night at the St. Pete Times Forum behind a pair of goals from Steven Stamkos, including numbers 49 and 50, which tied Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. Martin St. Louis scored for the second straight game and Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves as the Bolts won its second consecutive game in a tiebreaker, 4-3.
PANTHERS – Florida concludes a back-to-back set tonight against the Lightning in the final game of the season in its home arena. The Panthers have just one win in their last four, with the latest defeat coming at the hands of the Lightning last night in Tampa. Florida scored once in each period, getting goals from Stephen Weiss, Michael Frolik and Nathan Horton, but failed to record a single goal in the shootout which handed the team its fourth loss in its last five on the road.
Who’s Hot: Steven Stamkos is leading the Lightning with eight points in his last five, including five goals. Martin St. Louis also has tallied seven points in his last six, and Kurtis Foster has recorded assists in five of the last six.
- Florida’s Nathan Horton has two goals and four assists in his last three games for the Panthers, and Michael Frolik comes in with three points in his last two. Keith Ballard also has a pair of points in as many contests.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – David Hale (lower body, out), Matt Smaby (back spasms, day-to-day) and Victor Hedman (upper body, day-to-day). PANTHERS – Tomas Vokoun (back, day-to-day), Cory Stillman (back, day-to-day), Gregory Campbell (foot, day-to-day), Byron Bitz (elbow, day-to-day) and David Booth (concussion, out).
Quotable: “I can’t even explain what I feel. Sheer joy, happiness. Just seeing the guys come and jump all over me, to share it with the teammates that have really been there since day one and that have helped me and pushed me to be the player I am. They really helped me get that goal.” – Steven Stamkos, after becoming the second player in Lightning history to record at least 50 goals in a single season
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