NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Florida |
(Friday, October 7th)
Final Score: Florida 2, Tampa Bay 0
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Juraj Kolnik scored with less than three
minutes remaining to break a scoreless tie and lead the Florida Panthers to a
2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at BankAtlantic Center.
Roberto Luongo stopped all 27 shots he faced for Florida, and has yet to yield
a goal in his first two games. He now has 25 career shutouts.
"That speaks volumes about his ability," said Panthers head coach Jacques
"We gave him protection to help him tonight, but the best protection is a good
His counterpart John Grahame, though, was equally stingy through the majority
of the contest and finished with 29 saves. But Kolnik's quick shot from
against the boards snuck past him to decide the game.
Olli Jokinen added an empty-net goal and Jozef Stumpel got credit for the
assist on the game-winner, although it was actually a shot gone awry.
The majority of the contest was dominated by Grahame and Luongo, who together
survived eight power plays and 36 shots over the first two periods without
allowing a goal.
Both were pitching a shutout through the third period as well, until Florida
finally broke through with 2:27 remaining. Stumpel's shot went wide and sailed
around the boards to Kolnik, who turned quickly and released an end-over-end
shot on net. It deflected off of Grahame and into the top-left corner of the
goal for the eventual game-winner.
Jokinen wristed in the empty-netter from the slot-side hash marks in the final
minute to seal Tampa Bay's fate.
The last time Luongo had back-to-back shutouts was February 23 and 25 of 2004
against Boston and Toronto...The Panthers snapped a two-game losing streak
against Tampa...The Panthers are now 17-6-4-2 against the Lightning all-time
10/07 22:47:29 ET