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Panthers Wrap-Up: Lightning 6, Panthers 5 (OT)

Lightning storm back from two down and Panthers only able to take one point.

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 6:26 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Lightning 6, Panthers 5 (OT)
Sat
2/16/2013
5-6
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 2 2 0 5
Lightning 2 1 2 1 6
FLA - S. Matthias (3), J. Skille (2), J. Smithson (1), J. Huberdeau (6), T. Kopecky (3)
TBL - B. Pouliot (4), A. Killorn (1), S. Stamkos (8), PP - S. Stamkos (9), T. Purcell (4), B. Pouliot (5)
  
   

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning had a third consecutive third-period comeback Saturday afternoon. This time, they made it count.

Benoit Pouliot scored his second goal 1:19 into overtime as the Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit and snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Florida Panthers 6-5.

FULL RECAP
 
"You’re not going to get in the playoffs with 48 points. If you get one point a game, it’s just not going to work. We have to find a way to get a more complete effort."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.
 
1. A Quick Start: In what seems to be an on-off switch, the Panthers and Lightning offenses hit the on button early as they combined for three goals in the opening seven minutes of the game. It was the Panthers that got the first goal of the game and it came just 48 seconds in as Shawn Matthias redirected Mike Weaver's point shot past Anders Lindback. It was the quickest goal of the season someone scored in a Panthers game. The lead would not last however as Benoit Pouliot would score what would be one of his two goals in the contest four minutes later. Then a little over two minutes after that it was rookie Alexander Killorn netting his first NHL goal by scoring from the slot. The two teams had good pace to the start of the game with the two combining for 21 shots.

2. Flipping The Switch: Whenever Florida would score, Tampa Bay seemed to have an answer and that was the case in the first and early in the second. Florida however seemed to take the momentum and that was thanks to a late second period goal off the stick of Jerred Smithson. After Jack Skille, Matthias and Weaver combined to tie the score at two with 2:27 gone in the second, Steven Stamkos began his big night less than a minute later with a snipe past Jose Theodore for the 3-2 lead. Florida kept on pushing and was rewarded with Smithson's backhanded rebound goal with 4.2 seconds left in the period. The Panthers fed off that late goal as they scored twice in the opening 3:24 of the third. First it was rookie Jonathan Huberdeau with a sweet finish off of Drew Shore's cross-crease pass and then Tomas Kopecky scored from a tight angle on a delayed penalty, giving the Panthers a two-goal cushion and a 5-3 lead.

3. Hitting Groundhog's Day: When things aren't going great, it just seems to snowball and like the movie Groundhog's Day, the script fell into place once again. Similar to Washington the Panthers held a two-goal lead in the third and just like the Capitals game on Tuesday, Florida could only come out with one out of the two points. It all started with the Panthers being whistled for two penalties 18 seconds apart after getting a power play opportunity. Stamkos fired a shot past Theodore for a 4-on-3 power play goal making it a one goal game with 7:28 gone in the period. Then with Lindback on the bench for the extra skater, the Bolts superstar found Teddy Purcell in the slot for the equalizer with less than 11 seconds left on the clock. In overtime, it was Pouliot playing hero for his game-winner just 1:19 in. Like Bill Murray in the movie, the Panthers have to find a way to end the cycle and pull out the two points when leading in the third period. Hopefully it will happen sooner than later.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Nick_Lonewolf: Come on @FlaPanthers 3 straight OTL's That's 3 points! One more game on this homestand. Let's make it a W and add 2 pts to the total on Mon!

@BSchulk91: Another disappointing loss by the @FlaPanthers :-/ #getittogether

@Jeggthree: These games drive me crazy. I can not imagine what it's like for you. Hope you get it turned around.

@martysg: Really hoping I can bring a W to the @FlaPanthers Monday night...this recent streak has been painful to watch

@Imcangel13: Tonight was disappointing #statusquo #FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

C.j. Rafferty: Twice in 5 days. Im literally in disbelief.

Nick Maddaloni: Another heartbteaker

Richard Herman Dobler: What a crazy game, and a tough loss.

Steven Rudnick: 3 OT loses in a row.....WTH! Need to do something about this 4 on 4!

Joseph Sisto: This is ridiculous.
 

2. Forwards Shawn Matthias (1-1-2) and Jack Skille (1-1-2) along with defenseman Mike Weaver (0-2-2) combined to score the first two Panthers goals on the night. Skille and Weaver also recorded two point nights on the same night before, last coming on March 4, 2012 against Ottawa.

5. The Panthers threw a barage of shots on Anders Lindback within a short amount of time in the first period. About midway through the period, the Cats combined for five shots in a span of 14 seconds but couldn't find the back of the net.

6. 
The loss definitely stings but the Panthers continue to pick up points, now having collected points in six of the last seven games (3-1-4).

10.2. After allowing a goal late in the second period to tie the game at three (4.2 seconds left), the Lightning returned the favor on the Panthers, getting a goal late in the third (10.4 seconds) to knot the score at three, thanks to Teddy Purcell.

48. It didn't take long for the Panthers to get on the board as Shawn Matthias redirected Mike Weaver's point shot past Lindback just 48 seconds in. It was the quickest goal in a Panthers game in the first 14 games..

 
Steven Stamkos
The Panthers killer continued his dominating play in scoring two goals, including the one that made it a 5-4 game and then setting up the tying goal late in the third.

 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, 5 Shots, 20:36 TOI
 
 
It.

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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