NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Florida
(Monday, November 5th)
Final Score: Florida 4, Tampa Bay 3
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - David Booth's tally with 1:19 left in regulation was the game-winner, as Florida slipped past Tampa Bay, 4-3, at BankAtlantic Center.
On the goal, Panthers captain Olli Jokinen gained control behind the net, and passed back to defenseman Ruslan Salei at the right point. His shot, which was low and along the ice, was tipped in by Booth as he stood in front of Tampa goaltender Johan Holmqvist.
"I didn't see (the goal)," Booth said. "I knew I hit it when I turned around and saw (Olli) Jokinen with his hands in the air so I was pretty pumped. This was my first one at home here in Florida so it's a special one. To (score) it with one minute left in the third period to win the game (makes) it a special one."
Jokinen picked up a goal and two assists for the Panthers, who have won three of four. Ville Peltonen also scored, Salei added two helpers, and Tomas Vokoun made 24 stops to post his seventh win.
Martin St. Louis, Brad Lukowich and Michel Ouellet scored for the Lightning, who have lost six straight games and have yet to win on the road this season (0-7-0).
"It is painful," St. Louis said. "It's painful to lose. Period. Those are tough ones. You kind of dig yourself in a hole a bit. We've just got to get that first (road) win. When we get one, then we'll feel a bit better."
Vincent Lecavalier registered two assists, while Holmqvist allowed four goals on 30 shots in the loss.
St. Louis put Tampa up 1-0 at 6:39 of the first period. Lecavalier fired from the right circle and the rebound kicked out to the diminutive forward, who backhanded the loose puck over Vokoun for a power-play score.
Jokinen responded with the Panthers' tying man-advantage goal, scoring in typical grinder fashion as his deflection trickled through the crease and under Holmqvist at 9:29.
It was 2-1 for Florida on another power-play goal with 4:34 to play when Peltonen scored his third of the year, tipping Cory Murphy's drive out of the air from the slot.
Lukowich's blast from the point ticked off a pair of skates and inside the left post to tie the game, 2-2 at 10:08 of the second.
Just 18 seconds later, Steve Montador was left alone on the right side to whip a wrister under the crossbar to put Florida ahead by one.
Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen left the game with 5:56 to play in the second period after being hit hard by Tampa's Nick Tarnasky. Tarnasky was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct, but Florida failed to score on the ensuing five-minute power-play.
The momentum swung back in Tampa's favor, and when Lecavalier's cross-crease feed was tapped home by Ouellet 3:40 into the third period, the game was tied, 3-3.
"Being up like one goal and we get a five minute power play, we should have put them away at that time of the game," Jokinen said. "I think our power play overall has been pretty good. We got a couple of goals again tonight. But in those crucial situations you've got to find a way to score."
The Panthers have won two of three meetings this season...Florida improved to 11-2-0 in its last 13 home games against Tampa Bay...Jokinen extended his point streak to five games...Allen suffered a laceration on his cheek and did not return, but he is expected to be back for the Panthers' next game, Wednesday at Tampa...Attendance was only 10,149.
11/05 23:32:48 ET