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Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida
Panthers
35-31-16
Tampa Bay
Lightning
44-33-5

26 SOG
29 SOG
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game recap

Panthers 5, Lightning 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 5, Lightning 2
Florida Panthers 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Seeking a share of first place in the Southeast Division, the Tampa Bay Lightning instead ended up with a bad loss.

Olli Jokinen scored a goal and added two assists, and Ed Belfour stopped 27 shots to help the Florida Panthers beat Tampa Bay 5-2 on Tuesday night.

It was Florida's first win in three games at Tampa this season.

A victory would have pulled Tampa Bay even with Atlanta atop the division standings. Instead, the Lightning (86 points) are tied with Montreal in the last two Eastern Conference playoff spots, with three teams two points behind.

"This hurts. This game really hurts right now," Lightning captain Tim Taylor said. "All is not lost. We have to remain positive. You never want a team thinking negative thoughts."

Jokinen has six goals and seven assists in his last five games. He has three goals and seven assists against the Lightning this season.

Tampa Bay is trying to earn its fourth straight playoff appearance.

"We're taking the long route here, that's for sure, about getting in," Lightning coach Tortorella said. "We are going to get in. We're just going around the block. We're going to get there. It's a guarantee."

Brad Richards put the Lightning ahead 4:54 into the second period. Jason Ward picked up a loose puck along the right boards and found Richards, who beat Belfour sliding toward the left post.

Florida drew even with a two-man advantage midway through the period, when Stephen Weiss redirected a rebound off the backboard past Marc Denis. The Panthers came in 0-for-25 on the power play through a span of eight games.

The Panthers' Nathan Horton made it 2-1, and teammate Jokinen scored with 59 seconds left in the period to extend the lead to two goals.

"We sensed their desperation in the third period," Weiss said. "They weren't Stanley Cup champions by fluke. They have some winners over there."

Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba cut the deficit to 3-2 with a short-handed goal midway through the third period, but Bryan Allen and Horton scored empty-net goals in the final minute.

Denis started both previous home games against the Panthers, allowing only three goals in a pair of victories. Johan Holmqvist replaced him after two periods.>

Notes: Jokinen moved into a second-place tie with Pavel Bure on the franchise goal-scoring list with 152. Lightning RW Martin St. Louis had an assist. He needs two points to join C Vinny Lecavalier as the only Lightning players to reach 100 in a season. Lightning D Paul Ranger, sidelined since March 7 with a knee sprain, returned to practice Monday. He could return to the lineup this weekend IRL driver Danica Patrick, in the area for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, participated in pregame ceremonies.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:54
TBL
Brad Richards (25) ASST: Jason Ward (10), Eric Perrin (22)
1 - 0 TBL
10:05
FLA
PPG - Stephen Weiss (20) ASST: Olli Jokinen (44), Ruslan Salei (25)
1 - 1 Tie
13:00
FLA
Nathan Horton (29) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (27), Bryan Allen (20)
2 - 1 FLA
19:01
FLA
Olli Jokinen (37) ASST: Nathan Horton (28), Jay Bouwmeester (28)
3 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
09:58
TBL
SHG - Filip Kuba (13) ASST: Martin St. Louis (57)
3 - 2 FLA
19:09
FLA
EN - Bryan Allen (3) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 FLA
19:44
FLA
EN - Nathan Horton (30) ASST: Olli Jokinen (45), Ruslan Salei (26)
5 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
06:58
FLA
Nathan Horton  Hooking
09:04
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Hooking
09:44
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Cross checking
09:44
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Slashing
11:02
TBL
Ryan Craig  Holding
2nd Period
08:18
TBL
Tim Taylor  Hooking
09:19
TBL
Doug Janik  Hooking
16:39
FLA
Juraj Kolnik  Holding
3rd Period
08:08
TBL
Doug Janik  Tripping
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .931SH: 1 - 2
Marc Denis
SA: 17TOI: 40:00
Saves: 14EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .824SH: 1 - 1
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 7TOI: 19:11
Saves: 7EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0