Lightning 5, Panthers 1

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos and Mathieu Garon played pivotal roles as the Tampa Bay Lightning swept back-to-back games against the Florida Panthers.

Stamkos had two goals and an assist, Garon made 24 saves and Tampa Bay beat the Panthers 5-1 on Saturday night.

Martin St. Louis, Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone also scored for the Lightning, who were coming off a 2-1 overtime victory at Florida on Friday night.

"We slowed them down a little bit," St. Louis said.

Garon stopped four shots by former Lightning left wing Sean Bergenheim during the opening period. The goalie turned aside 23 shots in Friday's victory over the Panthers.

Tampa Bay took control during the second when goals by Pyatt, Stamkos and Malone made it 4-0. Stamkos got his second of the game and 14th of the season in the final minute of play.

Stamkos scored Friday's winner in overtime.

The Southeast Division-leading Panthers, who went 0 for 6 on the power play, got a late third-period goal from Shawn Matthias. Florida had won three in a row before the consecutive losses to Tampa Bay.

"We got outplayed and the score shows how the game played out," Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. "Goaltending wasn't an issue, it was overall defensive play and a real lack of will. We need to get back to the way we've been successful, and we didn't do that for the last four or five periods."

Matthias ruined Garon's bid for his second shutout this season and 21st overall on his goal with 2:17 to go in the game.

"I don't really care about the shutout," Garon said. "As long as we win, that's most important."

Pyatt gave Tampa Bay a two-goal lead at 3:49 of the second when he made a nifty move at the blue line to get by Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson and then beat goalie Jacob Markstrom on a back-hander. The goal stopped Pyatt's personal 21-game goal drought, dating to March 20 against Minnesota.

"Bottom line, we weren't good enough," Panthers center Stephen Weiss said.

After Stamkos scored at 6:02, the Lightning took a 4-0 lead on Malone's rebound goal with 9:25 left in the period.

"We're just utilizing our speed, and we have confidence right now," Stamkos said. "When you get confidence, good things happen."

Stamkos has 12 goals and 10 assists in 22 games against Florida.

St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 from in close 2:07 into the first. It was his 300th goal with Tampa Bay. St. Louis has 304 goals overall, including four with Calgary from 1998-2000.

"I'm proud of it," St. Louis said. "I'm proud to say that I've been on the same team for 11 years. If you told me 11 years ago I'd score 300 goals, I would have paid money for that."

St. Louis added with a smile that he would have taken simply playing 300 shifts when he first joined the Lightning.

"Quite an impressive individual," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.

Notes: Florida RW Tomas Kopecky, who missed Friday night's game because of back spasms, was back in the lineup. ... Tampa Bay RW Steve Downie sat out his second straight game due to an undisclosed upper body injury. ... Toronto director of player personnel Rick Dudley, who was the Lightning GM when St. Louis was signed as free agent by Tampa Bay July 31, 2000, was at the game.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:07TBL Martin St. Louis (6) ASST: Brett Connolly (4), Brett Clark (3) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
03:49TBL Tom Pyatt (1) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (16) 2 - 0 TBL
06:02TBL Steven Stamkos (13) ASST: Teddy Purcell (8), Dana Tyrell (1) 3 - 0 TBL
10:35TBL Ryan Malone (5) ASST: Steven Stamkos (10) 4 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
17:43FLA Shawn Matthias (3) ASST: Jack Skille (4) 4 - 1 TBL
19:01TBL Steven Stamkos (14) ASST: NONE 5 - 1 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 17:10
Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 12:41
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:51
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:41TBL Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Ed Jovanovski
16:54TBL Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Michal Repik
2nd Period
11:04TBL Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Marco Sturm
15:05FLA Dmitry Kulikov  Holding the stick against  Ryan Malone
16:26TBL Brett Connolly  Too many men/ice - bench
19:21TBL Victor Hedman  Hooking against  Jack Skille
3rd Period
08:19FLA Tomas Fleischmann  Hooking against  Brett Connolly
10:50TBL Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Jack Skille
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/60/2
Faceoff Wins2125
Blocked Shots1415
Penalty Minutes412
7D. KulikovD00-31223:48
8T. KennedyL00-11012:19
9S. WeissC00-24017:52
12J. SkilleR0111015:41
13M. SantorelliC00-23012:18
14T. FleischmannL00-22216:39
16M. SturmL00-20013:20
18S. MatthiasC1011016:16
20S. BergenheimL0014018:30
27M. RepikR00-1109:20
32K. VersteegR00-20018:33
43M. WeaverD00-21018:42
44E. GudbransonD00-10013:28
51B. CampbellD00-10020:34
52J. GarrisonD0012024:08
55E. JovanovskiD00-20016:17
63E. DadonovL00-13010:21
82T. KopeckyR00-21017:56
25J. Markstrom2934.85359:58
2E. BrewerD0000025:45
4V. LecavalierC0015016:12
7B. ClarkD0130017:39
11T. PyattC1011013:39
12R. MaloneL1023014:53
13P. KubinaD0031415:55
14B. ConnollyR0112012:34
16T. PurcellL0133215:39
18A. HallR00-11013:08
19D. MooreC0012015:41
22R. ShannonR0011012:00
26M. St. LouisR1014016:51
42D. TyrellC010109:28
44N. ThompsonC00-13012:41
47M. BergeronD0110017:11
77V. HedmanD0002220:53
91S. StamkosC2134217:10
97M. GilroyD0011020:41
32M. Garon2425.96060:00