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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 7, Lightning 4

Panthers explode for franchise-tying five power play goals as they ruin Lightning's home opener.

Monday, 10.17.2011 / 11:00 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 7, Lightning 4
MON
10/17/2011
7-4
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 2 2 3 0 7
Lightning 2 1 1 0 4
FLA - PPG - T. Kopecky (1 ), PPG - S. Weiss (2), PPG - K. Versteeg (2), SHG - S. Bergenheim (1), PPG - K. Versteeg (3), S. Weiss (3), PPG - J. Garrison (2)
TBL - PPG - T. Purcell (2), V. Hedman (1), V. Lecavalier (2), S. Stamkos (2)
  
   
SUNRISE, FLA (AP) - Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss both had two goals and two assists, defenseman Brian Campbell had four assists, and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-4 on Monday night.

Versteeg put the Panthers up 5-3 with his second power-play goal of the game when he beat goalie Dwayne Roloson from the low right circle 25 seconds into the third period. Florida scored five goals in nine chances with the man advantage.

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"We've been slowly picking away and tonight it exploded. We'd like to take credit for all our schemes, but there was a lot of high-end talent taking shots. They weren't pretty plays, but we were getting the puck at the net."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen to the Miami Herald following the game.
 
1. That's A Power Play: Pretty sure the Panthers spent some practice time working on the man advantage this past week. After scoring two power play goals against Tampa Bay on Saturday, the Panthers power play was extremely impressive against them Monday night as they posted five power play goals on their way to the 7-4 victory. Florida's units were making it look at ease with crisp passing all night long.

2. Finishing Strong: Twice did the Panthers have two goal leads (4-2, 5-3) only to see Tampa Bay cut it to one. Up 5-4 after a Steven Stamkos goal 9:07 left in the third, Florida pulled away with goals by Stephen Weiss (4:32 left) and Jason Garrison (PPG, 3:13 left) to win going away. It was certainly nice to see the team put some distance, especially after allowing Tampa to tie it and get a point on Saturday night.

3. Ruining The Home Opener: After going 2-1 in their first three home openers of the season (as well as their own home opener on Saturday), the Panthers put up a touchdown (wrong sport but still appropriate) in ruining Tampa Bay's home opener. The Lightning had started with five games on the road.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@LizThis: PS s/o to the boys in red the #FLAPanthers on the big W tonight, UNBELIEVABLE power play tonight, WOW. 5/8 is simply unheard of, congrats

@philm00x: Wow, #FlaPanthers got 5 PP goals tonight! Crazy high-scoring game vs #TBLightning! #NHL

@BluLiner55: WONDERFUL GAME!!! LOVE THE #FlaPanthers . Next victim - Washington. WOOT. GO PANTHERS!!!!

@Laouli: #flapanthers wooohoooooo now I can't wait for the game Thursday an to actually be there in person!!!

@SWhyno: #FlaPanthers beat #TBLightning 7-4. Five, count 'em FIVE power-play goals, and one short-handed. Visit #Caps tomorrow.
 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Erick Maldonado: I'm loving Campbell more and more. Great pick up!!! Great game. Go Cats!!!

Jordan Davies: i see red from edmonton alberta canada!! stanley cup this year!!!

Joanne Ruimy: Wow! I can watch these guys play all night, they are so in sync it's insane! What a pleasure to see Weiss play so well, I am so happy! Go Pantherssssss!!!

Thomas Ouillette: Wow!! Speechless. I hope we can bring this energy tomorrow against the Caps. I'll be watching with my hat firmly in place.

Dave G.: it's so great to finally see our Panthers build on a lead rather than squander it. awesome game!
 

4. Brian Campbell has been hot in the first four games, recording his second multi-point game as he registered four assists. He picked up the second helpers on Tomas Kopecky and Stephen Weiss' first period power play goals as well as the secondary assist on Kris Versteeg's second period power play goal. His four assists tied a franchise record for assists by a defenseman (Bryan McCabe - October 16, 2010 against Tampa Bay).

4. Winger Kris Versteeg continued his hot start to the 2011-12 season as well with two power play goals (second and third periods) and two assists. Versteeg now has seven points during his four-game point streak (3-4-7).

5.
The Panthers posted a franchise-tying five power play goals against their cross-state rivals. The five markers easily surpassed their three-power play goals (recorded on five seperate occasions). The other two instances that Florida potted five power play goals came on December 9, 1998 vs Ottawa (5-of-10) and October 25, 1996 against the NY Rangers (5-of-9).

9. The Panthers put up a seven-spot on Tampa Bay but the points came from just seven players. Leading the way were Campbell (0-4-4), Versteeg (2-2-4) and Stephen Weiss (2-2-4) with four points. Ed Jovanovski was the only other player with multiple points for the Panthers (0-2-2).

56. Florida's power play was fantastic going five-of-nine against Tampa Bay, good for a 56% success rate.
 
Kris Versteeg
We could have gone with Brian Campbell or Stephen Weiss (both with four points) but chose winger Kris Versteeg instead as he potted two power play goals (including the game-winner) and registered assists on both insurance goals.

2 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Points, 2 PPG, +1, 4 Shots
 
 
Florida has little time to soak up the result of this game as they travel to Washington D.C. for the second game in two nights. The Capitals on the other hand have been off since beating Ottawa 2-1 on Saturday.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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