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game recap

Lightning Cage Panthers in Shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Lonnie Herman - TBL.com correspondent

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Lightning Cage Panthers in Shootout
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Florida Panthers 3
Malone’s Shootout Score Extends Win Streak to Two


The Tampa Bay Lightning put together their second win in a row, opening up the after-Christmas break with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers tonight in Sunrise.

The Panthers entered the game riding a two-game shutout streak, but that went by the boards at 11:24 of the opening period when Steve Eminger got his second goal of the season, assisted by Paul Ranger. Eminger shot from just outside the blue line and the puck found its way past Florida netminder Tomas Vokoun.

“We’ll take goals anyway we can get them,” Eminger said later. “I wasn’t really trying to score; I was just trying to get the puck on the net.”

The Lightning lead held up for just over seven minutes. With less than two minutes remaining in the period, Keith Ballard evened the score for Florida.

Before the period ended, Evengy Artyukhin went toe-to-toe with former Lightning player Nick Tarnasky. Both players were awarded major penalties for fighting.

Tampa Bay took control in period two, outscoring Florida two goals to none and outshooting the Panthers, 18 – 9.

Both Lightning goals came late in the second stanza; at 16:53 Mark Recchi gave the visiting Lightning a 2-1 advantage when he notched goal number eight for the season, a tip-in from in front of the Panther net, assisted by Eminger and Matt Pettinger.

The second Tampa Bay goal of the period came with less than two minutes to play as Evengy Artyukhin scored his second goal of the season, assisted by Ryan Malone and Eminger. For Eminger, the assist was his third point of the night.

Although the shots were even at eight in period three, the scoring wasn’t, as the Panthers battled back late with a power play goal by Cory Stillman, at 13:37, with Eminger in the penalty box for tripping. Florida broke through to tie the game with only 14 seconds remaining in the contest and Craig Anderson, who took over in the Panther net after period two, off for an extra attacker. Bryan McCabe, shooting from the high slot, weaved the puck through traffic and past Tampa Bay netminder Mike Smith.

The overtime resolved nothing as only one shot, by the Panthers, reached either netminder.

The shootout went four rounds deep before Ryan Malone ended the contest after Smith had stopped Panther forward Stephen Weiss.

The Panthers don’t have long to wait for another shot at the Lightning, as the two teams face off Saturday night at the St. Pete Times Forum in the concluding half of the home-and-home series.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:24
TBL
Steve Eminger (2) ASST: Paul Ranger (8)
1 - 0 TBL
18:28
FLA
Keith Ballard (4) ASST: Nick Boynton (6), Radek Dvorak (10)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
16:53
TBL
Mark Recchi (8) ASST: Steve Eminger (12), Matt Pettinger (1)
2 - 1 TBL
18:27
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin (2) ASST: Ryan Malone (7), Steve Eminger (13)
3 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
13:37
FLA
PPG - Cory Stillman (8) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (13), Keith Ballard (10)
3 - 2 TBL
19:46
FLA
Bryan McCabe (6) ASST: Stephen Weiss (13), Cory Stillman (5)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDFLATBL
1C. StillmanA. Hall
2M. FrolikE. Artyukhin
3N. HortonJ. Jokinen
4S. WeissR. Malone
penalty summary
1st Period
18:28
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Tarnasky
18:28
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Fighting (maj) against  Evgeny Artyukhin
18:28
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Misconduct (10 min)
18:37
FLA
Richard Zednik  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
2nd Period
06:10
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
14:04
FLA
Karlis Skrastins  Hi-sticking against  Martin St. Louis
14:26
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Boarding against  Bryan McCabe
20:00
TBL
Evgeny Artyukhin  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Boynton
20:00
FLA
Nick Boynton  Misconduct (10 min)
20:00
FLA
Nick Boynton  Fighting (maj) against  Evgeny Artyukhin
20:00
FLA
Nick Boynton  Instigator against  Evgeny Artyukhin
3rd Period
06:02
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Slashing against  Nathan Horton
07:31
TBL
Paul Ranger  Delaying the game
11:56
TBL
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Nathan Horton
14:18
FLA
Karlis Skrastins  Hooking against  Paul Szczechura
17:12
TBL
Paul Ranger  Holding against  Richard Zednik
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 28TOI: 64:47
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 27TOI: 40:00
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
8-3-4
SA: 8TOI: 23:42
Saves: 8EV: 4 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0