NHL Game Summary - Florida at Tampa Bay|
(Wednesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Florida 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist as
the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory
over the Florida Panthers at St. Pete Times Forum.
Jan Hlavac and Martin St. Louis also tallied and Johan Holmqvist stopped 22
shots for the Lightning, who opened the season with three straight victories
before dropping nine of their next 11. The six-game skid was their longest
since dropping seven in a row from February 6-18, 2001.
"I think we played a really good game," said Holmqvist. "We came out and had a
really good start. We talked about that for a long time and today we finally
get it and get the result of the two (points). I think it was a great team
Kamil Kreps scored the only goal and Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for the
Panthers, who have dropped two of three.
The Lightning struck with the game's first goal, as Brad Richards made a nice
drop pass off the right side of the net to Hlavac, who was trailing the play
and put the puck through the five hole of Vokoun at the 1:48 mark.
Tampa then made it 2-0 when Lecavalier harassed Mike Van Ryn behind the net,
gathered the puck and fired, and after a scrum in front watched St. Louis
knock home a rebound chance at 6:37.
Kreps got the Panthers on the board at 8:46 of the second, notching his first
goal of the season off an assist from Van Ryn.
Vokoun stopped 14 shots in the second period, though and eight more in the
third while Lecavalier then added an empty net tally for the Lightning with 58
seconds remaining in the contest.
"The third period was probably one of our better periods," said Panthers head
coach Jacques Martin. "We had some chances, but, bottom line, you can't turn
the puck over and give them opportunities like we did."
Lecavalier leads the team with 20 points (8g, 12a) this season...The two teams
have split four meetings this season, but the Panthers are 13-6-1 in the
series since the start of 2005-06. Florida, though, is just 4-5-1 at Tampa
during that stretch.
11/07 23:14:43 ET