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Dominic Moore and the Tampa Bay Lightning have quickly become shootout specialists.
Thanks in part to Dan Ellis, the Lightning were able to attain the laudable title.
Moore scored the game-winning goal in the shootout for the second consecutive night, Ellis made 29 saves and the Lightning avenged a pair of early-season losses with a 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers Friday night.
Just 24 hours after Moore beat Ondrej Pavelec and the Atlanta Thrashers with a nifty backhand move in the tiebreaker Friday night, the Lightning forward pulled the same trick, but in reverse, at the expense of Panthers net minder Tomas Vokoun.
The win was Tampa Bay’s third consecutive victory in the shootout in a four-day span after also winning 3-2 against Columbus Tuesday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Lightning have victories in each of their last four tiebreakers after dropping the first two of the season, including one to the Panthers on Nov. 27.
“For some reason we’ve always had difficulty scoring goals in this building,” St. Louis said. “This team has always had good goaltending and we’ve never had to pay the price as much as we have this year.”
Steve Downie had the lone goal in regulation for Tampa Bay, which won back-to-back contests for the first time since earning a pair of victories on Long Island and in Philadelphia on Nov. 17 and 18.
Tampa Bay is 10-5-0 in its last 15 games.
Ellis was brilliant in his first start since Jan. 9, including the first two periods in which he faced 20 combined shots, while surrendering Florida’s only goal to former Bolt Cory Stillman just 50 seconds into the game.
He was on point after that, coming up with big saves in the game’s most key moments, including a point-blank shot on Dennis Wideman from in-close in overtime.
Friday marked Florida’s fourth straight game in extra time, as well as the third loss in that span. The Panthers fell to 3-1-3 in their last seven, each of which were one-goal games.
Florida, last in the NHL in power-play percentage, was 0-for-7 with the man advantage, failing to score with a two-man advantage for 44 seconds in the third period.
Stillman opened the scoring just 50 seconds into the game with a backhand past Ellis that made it 1-0.
Downie tied it after finishing a rush with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. He took a pass from Stamkos through the slot and wristed one into an open net with Vokoun out of position at 14:05.
“Marty and Stammer took off and I was trailing there from behind,” Downie said. “I thought Stammer was going to shoot, but he made a nice move and dished it off and somehow knew I was there. I had a good look and an empty net, so it was an easy play from there.”
The assist on the goal extended Stamkos’ point streak to five games. He has three helpers to go along with six goals in that span.
Vokoun finished the night with 20 saves, including one on a penalty shot attempt on Vincent Lecavalier at 3:55 in the extra session.
He didn’t have as much luck in the final round of the shootout after Moore’s initial game-winner withstood video review when it was suspected he got a second attempt on a rebound after his forehand made incidental contact with Vokoun’s skate.
Tampa Bay won for the first time in three meetings against Florida this season.
“For us, we just had to keep to our game plan,” Pavel Kubina said.
|Mike Lundin Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Sean Bergenheim Tripping against Mike Weaver|
|Simon Gagne Tripping against Dennis Wideman|
|David Booth Interference against Randy Jones|
|Brett Clark Interference against Dennis Wideman|
|Sean Bergenheim Hooking against David Booth|
|Clay Wilson Hi-sticking against Dana Tyrell|
|Simon Gagne Tripping against Shawn Matthias|
|Dominic Moore Hooking against Evgenii Dadonov|
|SA: 30||TOI: 64:59|
|Saves: 29||EV: 15 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 14 - 14|
|SV%: .967||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 21||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 20||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .952||SH: 1 - 1|
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