NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Florida
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: Florida 2, Tampa Bay 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen snapped a scoreless tie early in the third period and added the game-winner with less than six minutes remaining, as Florida held on for a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay at the Office Depot Center.
"I thought Olli was great tonight," Panthers coach Rick Dudley explained.
Roberto Luongo turned aside 50 of Tampa Bay's franchise-record 51 shots in the victory, which snapped Florida's three-game winless streak (0-2-1).
The Panthers set a season-low with just 15 shots, but came through when they needed to.
John Grahame turned aside 13 of those tries for the Lightning, who had their five-game winning streak halted.
Jokinen's first of the game made it 1-0 at 5:48 of the third period. His wrister from the point gave the Panthers some momentum, but Martin St. Louis came right back and scored 49 seconds later to tie the game.
However, Jokinen came through again with 5:13 remaining in the period, using traffic in front to screen his slap shot from the left circle. It was his 14th goal of the season.
Through two scoreless periods, Florida had just nine shots on goal compared to 34 for the Lightning. Luongo made 20 saves in the second period alone, while Grahame faced just four shots in the first period and five in the second.
"First of all, if the goaltender plays as well as 'Louie' did the first two periods and doesn't get anything out of it, it's got to be devastating. But he was able to play a brilliant game and we were able to at least salvage the two points for him," Dudley said of his goaltender's performance.
Which is not to say that Grahame didn't make a couple of key saves, including a stop on Florida forward Valeri Bure's breakaway in the first period.
Tampa Bay's previous record for shots in a game was 47, set against Toronto on February 21, 1998...Tampa Bay was 0-for-3 on the power play...Florida didn't have a man advantage all game...Panthers right wing Viktor Kozlov suffered a toe injury in the second period and did not return.
01/18 00:23:12 ET