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Lightning 4, Panthers 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning 4, Panthers 3, SO
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Florida Panthers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 29TOI: 49:39
GA: 0EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Steven Stamkos
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 22:03
Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 10:57




  • Dwayne Roloson, who replaced Mathieu Garon in the first period, stopped all 29 shots he faced in regulation and overtime. He also stopped all four shots in the shootout.
  • Six of the last eight meetings between the two teams have gone into overtime.
  • The game was the second overtime game in a row for the Lightning, who recorded a 5-4 overtime victory over Chicago Friday.
  • This was the third shootout of the season for the Lightning and second against the Panthers. Tampa Bay is now 1-2 in shootouts this season.
  • Dominic Moore's shootout goal capped the win, and was the first shootout goal of the season for the Lightning.
  • Moore has scored the two most recent shootout winners for TBL vs the Panthers. He also sealed a 2-1 SO win over FLA on Jan 21, 2011
  • Ryan Malone, who scored the first goal for the Lightning, did not play in the third period due to injury.
  • Steven Stamkos, who recorded his fourth-career hat trick in his last outing, scored a goal and an assist in the contest.
  • Tampa Bay was without defenseman Victor Hedman in the game.
Coming back from a three-goal deficit with just more than one period left to play is a lofty challenge for any team.

Not for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Teddy Purcell’s game-tying goal at 8:11 of the third period forced overtime, allowing Dominic Moore to score the game-winner in the shootout as the Lightning earned a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center Sunday night.

Dwayne Roloson stopped all 29 shots faced in relief of Mathieu Garon for Tampa Bay, which for the second consecutive game emerged victorious after falling behind by at least two goals.

“They have certainly had our number and have played some good hockey against us,” Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer said. “I thought we did some good things though and found a way to win.”

Moore notched the lone goal in the tiebreaker, taking Jose Theodore out wide and slipping one through the five hole in the fourth round of the shootout.

Roloson ended it after stoning former Lightning playoff hero Sean Bergenheim, as well as each of Florida’s first three shooters.

Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos also had goals for the Lightning, winners in six of their past eight games.

“We gave it to them,” Panthers forward Kris Versteeg said. “We let them come back in the game. They made a couple good plays, but we let them back in the game.”

A pair of goals just 1:26 apart towards the end of the second period brought the Lightning from three goals down to just one.

First, a second effort by Malone amidst a scrum in front of the net cut the deficit to two on the power play. Stamkos then made it 3-2 off a nice play from Matt Gilroy, who spun off a defender to avoid pressure and sent a low feed down to Stamkos, who put it past Theodore at 17:46.

Stamkos now has nine goals in the past 10 games. He is now tied with Toronto’s Phil Kessel for the league lead.

The Lightning completed the comeback from three goals down after a wild scramble in front of Theodore at 8:11 of the final frame. With Theodore on the ice, Purcell’s attempt pinballed off both posts and Florida forward Scottie Upshall’s skate before it crossed the line.

“For 35 minutes we played a really solid game,” Florida head coach Kevin Dineen said. “We fell off for the last five of the second, but we picked it back up and I liked a lot of our third period and then it just turned into the Wild West there at the end.”

The manner in which Sunday’s contest ended eerily resembled the way the game started for the Panthers.

Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Mike Santorelli each had goals for the Panthers.

Florida, now losers in three straight, wasted no time opening the scoring to take an early 1-0 lead.

With Vincent Lecavalier sent off to the penalty box just over a minute into the game for hooking, Campbell took a feed in the high slot and roofed it past Garon at 1:49 on the power play.

Of the 10 power-play goals given up by Tampa Bay this season, eight have come by the Panthers.

Kopecky doubled the lead at 13:05 after finishing off an odd-man rush with as Jack Skille, who set up the Panthers forward as he was coming out of the penalty box.

Garon, despite winning three of his past four starts, was making his first appearance in net since Oct. 27 at Nashville. After allowing two goals in the first 13 minutes, it appeared the long layover had the Lightning goaltender off his game.

Florida’s third goal of the period came from Santorelli off a turnover by Malone, ultimately chasing Garon from net in favor of Roloson.

“We made a few mistakes and they capitalized on them,” Tampa Bay assistant coach Martin Raymond said. “They are a good team and they have a lot skill and a lot of experience. We just can’t afford to have an opening period like that, plain and simple.”

Garon finished the night with nine saves on 12 shots.

After Florida outshot Tampa Bay 16-9 in the first period, Roloson settled things down, as the Panthers managed to merely match the Lightning in shots in each of the next two periods. He made a spectacular save on Stephen Weiss in the final seconds of overtime as the Panthers forward skated in all alone in front.

“Once we regrouped, we didn’t get too desperate,” Brewer added. “We knew if were patient we could create some chances, so we went from there and came out with a win tonight.”

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Brian Campbell (1) ASST: Kris Versteeg (8), Tomas Fleischmann (7)
1 - 0 FLA
Tomas Kopecky (2) ASST: Jack Skille (2), Mike Weaver (5)
2 - 0 FLA
Mike Santorelli (1) ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (9)
3 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
PPG - Ryan Malone (4) ASST: Steven Stamkos (5), Eric Brewer (3)
3 - 1 FLA
Steven Stamkos (10) ASST: Matt Gilroy (4), Martin St. Louis (11)
3 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
Teddy Purcell (5) ASST: Steve Downie (2), Eric Brewer (4)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1S. StamkosK. Versteeg
2S. DownieM. Goc
3T. PurcellS. Weiss
4D. MooreS. Bergenheim
penalty summary
1st Period
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Mike Santorelli
Jack Skille  Holding against  Steve Downie
2nd Period
Mike Santorelli  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
3rd Period
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
Kris Versteeg  Interference against  Steven Stamkos
OT Period
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 29TOI: 49:39
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 12TOI: 15:21
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 37TOI: 65:00
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0