Steven Stamkos pulled back his stick, closed his eyes and hammered a feed from Marty St. Louis as hard as he could. Before Stamkos could open his eyes, the puck that had just rocketed off his stick was already in the net and the red light was flashing. Stamkos one-timed a shot for his 12th goal of the season, and his second of the year on the power play, to lift Tampa Bay to another come-from-behind effort as the Lightning knocked off the Florida Panthers 2-1 in overtime at BankAtlantic Center. Mathieu Garon stopped 23 shots to help Tampa Bay snap a two-game losing streak while halting Florida's winning streak at three games. The game marked the third time this season the Lightning rallied from behind in the third period at BankAtlantic Center to send the game to overtime, and it was the second time Tampa Bay came away with a victory. Vinny Lecavalier's 10th goal of the season forced the overtime. It was the seventh time in the past 10 meetings between the teams that the game was decided beyond regulation and the fifth time in the past six meetings at Florida. It took what might have been Tampa Bay's best road game in quite some time to get it done as the Lightning looked in control throughout, limiting the Panthers scoring chances and holding the Panthers without a power play goal for the first time in four meetings between the teams this season. "We played a pretty solid game, we played exactly how we wanted,'' Garon said. "I think as a team we played really well, we didn't give them too much, and for 60 minutes it was a solid hockey game.''
Stamkos lifts Bolts past Panthers in OT
Tampa Tribune | Nov 26