The Tampa Bay Lightning won again in come-from-ahead fashion, twice blowing two-goal leads before picking up a 4-3 victory via shootout against Florida in front of an announced crowd of 12,336 at BB&T Center. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist to go with the shootout-deciding goal in the fourth round. Valtteri Filppula also converted a shootout attempt. Marty St. Louis and Radko Gudas scored in regulation for Tampa Bay while Anders Lindback made 29 saves and three of four in the shootout. Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Nick Bjugstad scored for Florida while Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots. The Lightning have won three in a row and five of their past six to improve to 8-3 on the season. The eight victories in October set a club record while the Lightning won for a fifth consecutive game at Florida. Despite playing the night before and jumping back on the ice less than 24 hours later, the Lightning started the game Sunday just as they ended it on Saturday - scoring quickly. St. Louis started the game off scoring on the second shift, converting a Stamkos lead pass on a 2-on-1 and pushing it into the open side of the net just 41 seconds into the game. Markstrom stayed squared to Stamkos, who faked the shot, before sending a perfect pass down low to the streaking St. Louis. Less than four minutes later, Ryan Malone fired a shot from the left wing side that Markstrom kicked out to the right circle where Stamkos pounced on the rebound, getting his shot off just before Marcel Goc could get his stick in the way at 4:35 for his eighth goal of the season, first on the road. The slow start by Florida forced Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen to call a timeout to settle his team down. After that point, Florida started to gain its skates and began to push play into the Lightning zone. Matthias made that work pay off at 13:48 as he found the puck on his backhand after a scramble around the net and found a seam past Lindback to make it a 2-1 game. The Panthers had a power play that carried over to the second period, but Tampa Bay’s penalty killers were up to the task, keeping Florida off the board. The Lightning power play, meanwhile, came up with a key goal on their second chance of the period as Gudas put a quick wrist shot on net that deflected off Florida defenseman Mike Weaver and past Markstrom at 9:58 for his first goal of the season.
Bolts stay hot with 4-3 shootout win over Florida
Tampa Tribune | Oct 28