NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Florida
(Monday, March 20th)
Final Score: Florida 6, Tampa Bay 5 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen scored the game-winning goal with 1:44 left in overtime to lift the Florida Panthers past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-5, at BankAtlantic Center.
Jozef Stumpel netted two goals and had one assist, while Ric Jackman and Steve Montador also tallied goals for the Panthers, who squandered a four-goal lead, but have now won three straight and six of their last seven games. Roberto Luongo made 29 stops on 34 shots.
Martin St. Louis recorded his first multi-goal game of the season by scoring twice, while Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who scored four times in the third period, but saw a modest two-game win streak come to an end.
John Grahame had a tough time as he conceded five goals on 25 shots before being replaced by Gerald Coleman after the second period. Coleman turned aside 12-of-13 shots.
Stumpel stole a pass near center ice and pushed it ahead to Jokinen, who skated in all alone on Coleman and pushed the puck between the pads of the replacement netminder to end the contest.
Florida struck first as Jackman got his first goal as a Panther at the 13:13 mark of the opening period. Juraj Kolnik dug the puck out of the left corner and slid a pass across the front of the goal to the right circle that was right on the tape of Jackman. He one-timed it into an open net as Grahame was caught out of position.
The Lightning found the equalizer only nine seconds into the second period as Fedotenko got his 22nd tally of the season. Fredrik Modin took a slap shot that was blocked, but Fedotenko took the carom and snapped a quick shot from the high slot that beat Luongo glove side and deflected off the post and into the net.
Florida took over in the second period by outscoring the Lightning 4-1 for the stanza.
Stumpel got on the board as Gary Roberts gained possession of the puck in the left corner and threw a pass to the front of the net towards a cutting Jokinen, who fanned on the shot. However, Stumpel was right there to backhand a shot at the goal that went off the glove of Grahame and found its way into the net for a 2-1 Panthers lead.
Montador got his second goal of the season as Jokinen dropped off the puck at the top of the left circle and Montador wristed a shot that beat Grahame glove side for a 3-1 contest.
With 1:36 left in the second, the Panthers made it 4-1 as Joe Nieuwendyk won the draw back to Joel Kwiatkowski, who slapped a shot from the point. His shot was redirected by Rostislav Olesz and beat Grahame five-hole for a power play goal and a 4-1 lead.
Only 59 seconds later, Stumpel lit the lamp for the second time as he wristed a shot from the left circle that beat Grahame stick side and put the Lightning in a 5-1 hole after two periods.
Tampa Bay mounted a furious comeback, as St. Louis tallied twice in the opening 6:34 of the third period, including a brilliant wrist shot from the left circle that beat Luongo top shelf, cutting the score to 5-3. Ryan Craig netted his 13th goal of the season for the Lightning at the 7:55 mark making it 5-4.
The Lightning came all the way back with 8:06 left as Fedotenko slid a pass from the left corner to the front of the net and found Richards who one-timed it glove side on Luongo to tie the game.
The Panthers have won 4-of-5 meetings between the two teams this season...Roberts had two helpers for the Panthers and Modin assisted on two goals for the Lightning...Jokinen's overtime goal was his eight game-winner of the season.
03/20 22:10:30 ET