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Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay
Lightning
43-33-6
Florida
Panthers
37-34-11

32 SOG
48 SOG
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TBL
FLA
game recap

Panthers 6, Lightning 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 6, Lightning 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panthers are out of playoff contention, but it was the Tampa Bay Lightning who looked like they had nothing to play for.

Juraj Kolnik and Olli Jokinen each scored two goals to help the Panthers beat the Lightning 6-3 on Sunday.

Nathan Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk also had goals for Florida and Jamie McLennan made 29 saves to notch his second win of the season.

"We forged ahead and came out strong in the third," McLennan said. "We wanted to have a good showing and we did."

Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis tallied goals for Tampa Bay. John Grahame had 41 saves for the Lightning, who remain tied with Montreal at 89 points for the final two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

"We're just not doing enough right now," Tampa Bay's Brad Richards said. "We're not trying to win games, we're just hoping. You can use a lot of fancy words but there's no other way to put it."

Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time to Floirda this season.

"The pressure has been getting to us and we're sitting back and being a little too careful and allowing teams to come to us," said Tampa Bay associate coach Craig Ramsay, who spoke in lieu of head coach John Tortorella. "We had our chances when they weren't on their game early. The third period just opened up."

Kolnik picked up a loose puck in the left circle and his shot went just inside the top corner of the net to put Florida ahead 4-3 with 5 minutes left in the third. Nieuwendyk's empty net goal with 90 seconds left made the score 5-3. Kolnik added a goal in the last half minute of the game.

"I think we had a really good game," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "This is how our team has been looking the second half of the season. The players should feel good about their performance."

Tampa Bay tied the score 3-all at 9:25 of the third when St. Louis beat McLennan stick side from just in front of the crease.

Florida took a 3-2 lead after Horton's shot from the right circle went over Grahame's left shoulder at 6:49 of the third.

Jokinen's second goal at 5:01 of the third tied the score at 2. Kolnik fired a pass from the boards to Jokinen at the corner of the crease and he beat Grahame on the glove side.

"It was a little sloppy in the first period but starting in the second we were solid," Jokinen said. "They had a tough game last night (1-0 win vs. Pittsburgh)and didn't look like they had legs. It was nice to get a win for (McLennan.)

The Lightning took their first lead on their second power-play goal. Prospal's cross-ice feed was picked up by Boyle to the right of the crease. He beat McLennan glove side to make the score 2-1 with 20 seconds left in the second.

Tampa Bay tied the score 1-all during a power play at 15:24 of the second. McLennan blocked a shot but the puck bounced off his glove and Prospal jumped on the rebound from behind the net and poked in the puck.

The Panthers scored first on Jokinen's goal midway through the second. Gary Roberts passed from the left of the crease to Jokinen behind the net. Jokinen came out and pushed the puck past Grahame on a wrap-around.

Notes: Tampa has lost four straight at Florida and seven of its last eight there. ... Florida snapped a three-game losing streak... Panthers defenseman Alexei Semenov played for the first time in 30 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:58
FLA
Olli Jokinen (35) ASST: Gary Roberts (23), Nathan Horton (17)
1 - 0 FLA
15:24
TBL
PPG - Vinny Prospal (24) ASST: Dimitri Afanasenkov (5), Freddy Modin (22)
1 - 1 Tie
19:20
TBL
PPG - Dan Boyle (15) ASST: Vinny Prospal (54), Dimitri Afanasenkov (6)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
05:01
FLA
Olli Jokinen (36) ASST: Juraj Kolnik (19)
2 - 2 Tie
06:49
FLA
Nathan Horton (28) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (26), Joe Nieuwendyk (26)
3 - 2 FLA
09:25
TBL
Martin St. Louis (28) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (37), Brad Richards (65)
3 - 3 Tie
14:55
FLA
Juraj Kolnik (14) ASST: Sean Hill (17)
4 - 3 FLA
18:31
FLA
EN - Joe Nieuwendyk (22) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (27)
5 - 3 FLA
19:22
FLA
PPG - Juraj Kolnik (15) ASST: Olli Jokinen (47), Jay Bouwmeester (40)
6 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
03:54
FLA
Richard Jackman  Hooking
13:36
TBL
Darryl Sydor  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
15:06
FLA
Jon Sim  Diving
15:06
TBL
Paul Ranger  Hooking
2nd Period
05:20
TBL
Dan Boyle  Hooking
07:05
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hooking
14:12
FLA
Gary Roberts  Roughing
18:40
FLA
Gary Roberts  Cross checking
3rd Period
10:15
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Holding
18:47
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Holding
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 47TOI: 59:38
Saves: 42EV: 37 - 41
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .894SH: 5 - 5
Jamie McLennan
Jamie McLennan
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0