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Lightning 2, Panthers 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 2, Panthers 1, OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Florida Panthers 1

Guy Boucher’s new system appears to be paying early dividends for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boucher’s scheme, which favors defensemen up front in the attacking zone, proved its effectiveness on Friday night as Mike Lundin helped defeat the in-state rival Panthers 2-1 in overtime at the BankAtlantic Center.

Lundin recorded the game-winner at 3:21 in the extra period after taking a pass from Martin St. Louis, as he sent a shot past Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Simon Gagne also had a goal for Tampa Bay, which improved to 3-1-1 in the preseason.

Lightning goaltender Mike Smith, appearing in his first action since the conclusion of the regular season in April, stopped 29 of 30 shots despite missing the majority of the preseason with a fractured finger tip.

“I felt pretty good the entire game,” Smith said. “I got a little bit fatigued as we went along, but I did a good job of getting square to the puck and was able to get good positioning.”

Smith was sharp despite missing playing time. He allowed the Panthers’ only goal to Jason Garrison at 14:35 in the third period, but was otherwise perfect, holding Florida scoreless for nearly 55 minutes to open the contest.

“It feels good to get a win, even in preseason,” Smith added. “I think it really boosts confidence in your game. Down the road, that’s a big asset to have.”

Gagne broke a scoreless deadlock at 8:23 in the second period as he finished off a 2-on-1 breakaway with Vincent Lecavalier to make it 1-0. The goal marked the Lightning winger’s third goal and fifth point of the preseason. Gagne later added an assist to bring his preseason total to a team-leading six points.

Tampa Bay registered a preseason single-game high 42 shots on goal and outshot the Panthers 29-15 through the first two periods alone.

The win improved the Lightning’s record to 12-3-3 since the start of the 2008 preseason. Florida, meanwhile, lost its second straight and moved its preseason mark to 3-1-1.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:24
TBL
Simon Gagne (1) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (1), Ryan Malone (1)
1 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
14:35
FLA
Jason Garrison (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (1), Bryan Allen (1)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
03:21
TBL
Mike Lundin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (1), Simon Gagne (1)
2 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:33
FLA
Radek Dvorak  Hooking  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
06:53
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Interference  - 2 min against  Steve Downie
07:40
FLA
Steve Bernier  Holding  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
07:47
TBL
Simon Gagne  Interference  - 2 min against  Dennis Wideman
15:57
FLA
Marty Reasoner  Hooking  - 2 min against  Martin St. Louis
2nd Period
00:22
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Holding  - 2 min against  Brett Clark
14:48
FLA
Michael Frolik  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
17:13
FLA
Erik Gudbranson  Slashing  - 2 min against  Vincent Lecavalier
19:08
TBL
Sean Bergenheim  Interference  - 2 min against  Steve Reinprecht
3rd Period
01:32
FLA
Mike Santorelli  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
06:13
FLA
Shawn Matthias  Roughing  - 2 min against  Pavel Kubina
06:13
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Roughing  - 2 min against  Shawn Matthias
OT Period
01:38
FLA
Cory Stillman  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min
01:38
TBL
Mathieu Roy  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 30TOI: 63:02
GA: 1SV%: .967
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 42TOI: 63:21
GA: 2SV%: .952