At various times Tuesday, coach Guy Boucher was both frustrated and furious behind the Lightning bench.

It wasn't just that the team couldn't generate shots on goal against the league-worst Panthers — 13 were two off the franchise low — it was that players were passing up shots to look for even better plays.

"I've got 12 in my mind right now," Boucher said. "I'm on the bench, yelling, 'Shoot the puck!' "

Thanks to goaltender Anders Lindback, Tampa Bay beat the Panthers 3-2 at the BB&T Center despite being outshot 39-13. But the happy ending could not mask — and actually more brightly highlighted — a problem the Lightning has battled all season: It simply does not take enough shots.

A team with Steven Stamkos, Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and rookie of the year hopeful Cory Conacher was 28th in the 30-team league entering Wednesday, averaging 26.7 per game.