NHL Game Summary - Florida at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, February 20th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Florida 2 (SO)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis scored the game-winner in the shootout and added a goal in regulation to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers at St. Pete Times Forum.
With the shootout tied at 1-1, St. Louis had the third shot for the Lightning and buried the puck between the pads of Ed Belfour to give his club the advantage.
Steve Montador had the last opportunity for Florida, but Marc Denis poked the puck off of Montador's stick to give the Lightning the win.
Ryan Craig scored the other regulation goal and Denis finished the game with 28 saves for the Lightning, who have won four of their last five games and eight of 10.
"I thought both goalies were just outstanding," said Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella. "Belfour played really well and I thought Marc Denis comes back with another one. That's good. I hope it continues."
Tampa Bay and Atlanta are both tied for first place in the Southeast Division with 71 points.
Nathan Horton scored both goals and Belfour stopped 35 shots for the Panthers, who have lost two of their last three games.
"I thought we had a strong effort," said Florida coach Jacques Martin. "Some of our guys really worked hard, but we took too many penalties."
The Lightning drew first blood in the contest when Andreas Karlsson threw a no-look behind the back pass from behind the net and into the slot where Craig one-timed it into the net 2:15 into the game.
The Panthers, though, tied the game just 3:15 later when Horton snapped a shot from the slot that went under the left pad of Denis.
Florida took a 2-1 lead when Martin Gelinas sent a lead pass to Horton, who got behind the Tampa Bay defense and snapped a wrist shot into the right corner of the net 10:53 into the second period.
Tampa Bay, though, tied the game in the third period when, while on the power play, Brad Richards sent a saucer pass from the left side of the net to the low slot where St. Louis tapped the disc into the net with 12:17 left in regulation.
The Lightning travel to Atlanta for a key Southeast Division matchup on Thursday...Florida hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday...Tampa Bay went 1-for-8 on the power play while Florida failed to score in its two chances...Tampa Bay has won three of five against Florida this season.
02/20 23:28:40 ET