Panthers Comeback Not Enough Against Lightning

Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com | Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 2:16 AM

Saturday's pre-season action saw yet another comeback by the Panthers but for the second straight comeback attempt, they would ultimately fall via the shootout. Following Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss in which they netted two late third period goals to force overtime against the Stars, Florida would get a goal from Bobby Butler with 57.3 seconds remaining to force overtime only to see the Tampa Bay Lightning skate off with the 5-4 victory.

The Panthers would trail 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 with Butler ultimately tying it for the last time when he fired a shot far side on Ben Bishop with an extra attacker on the ice.

"It was up and down. It was a good game," said Butler. "Too bad we couldn't win but it was a good comeback from the guys."

In the shootout, Bishop earned the victory as he stopped Butler and Dmitry Kulikov while forward Brad Boyes missed wide. On the other side, 2013 No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin beat Jacob Markstrom on a deke and backhand in the third round for the victory.

"That was our most competitive game. This is a team we see a lot. We see them a lot this week and a lot this year. I think it's always a good competitive game and guys for the most part showed a lot of effort," said head coach Kevin Dineen. "We got the shootout, something we're going to have to address this week and continue to work at. Get our go-to guys in there and get them ready to roll."

A slow moving first period on the Panthers end, the Lightning jumped on the board just 3:08 into the game. Victor Hedman sent a shot off the back boards that Ryan Malone collected and stuffed short side past a scrambling Jacob Markstrom.

Florida then got in penalty trouble and it cost them. With Eric Selleck and Mike Mottau sitting in the box for a Lightning 5-on-3 power play for almost a full two minutes, Martin St Louis took the cross-ice feed from Steven Stamkos and scored top shelf into the wide open net.

Play picked up in the second as the teams combined for 25 shots and three goals. For Florida it was the power play that got them back into the game. Erik Gudbranson used a screening Brad Boyes to net his third of the pre-season 9:40 into the middle period. JT Brown gave the Lightning a two-goal advantage once again 1:35 later as he scored top shelf off a rush up the ice but Kulikov got the Cats to within one 55 seconds later. With Dana Tyrell in the box for holding, Kulikov's slapshot was just enough to beat Ben Bishop as it snuck past the goal line after the big net minder got a piece of it.

In the third, it was Butler taking over for the Panthers. He tied the game with his first of the night 4:14 in as he put the puck into the wide open net after Bishop stopped Tomas Kopecky's initial shot. Stamkos looked like he would give the home crowd the win in regulation when he tipped home Matt Carle's shot with 7:25 to play for his third point of the night but Butler took the feed from Gudbranson to net the tying goal.

"He is," said Dineen on Butler making a statement to stay with the Panthers come opening night. "He's fighting for a job and he needed to make a statement with his game and he had a good effort there tonight."

Play got chippy in the third with Kulikov mixing it up Malone and then in overtime Scott Gomez and Radko Gudas were involved in an altercation that drew the ire of the coaching staff. That led to a 3-on-3 experience that saw chances by Stamkos, Boyes and Kulikov before Stamkos took a penalty with eight seconds remaining in the overtime period.

Playing their fifth pre-season game of the season, Florida has made comeback attempts in all but the game in San Antonio Friday night, going 2-0-2 over that span. It's something that is a good test but that the team doesn't want to continue to do.

"Good teams can come back from anything and so far we're showing that, just coming back every game," said Butler. "Hopefully we can focus on that but focus on coming out with a lead."

Kulikov finished the game with a game-high three points (goal, two assists) while Butler (two goals), Gudbranson (goal, assist) and Kopecky (two assists) finished with two points each. Markstrom turned aside 29 shots in the loss.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:08TBL Ryan Malone (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Victor Hedman (1), Steven Stamkos (1) 1 - 0 TBL
10:34TBL PPG - Martin St. Louis (1) Slapshot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (2), Teddy Purcell (1) 2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
09:40FLA PPG - Erik Gudbranson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (1) 2 - 1 TBL
11:15TBL J.T. Brown (1) Slapshot - ASST: Sami Salo (1) 3 - 1 TBL
12:10FLA PPG - Dmitry Kulikov (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tom Gilbert (1), Tomas Kopecky (1) 3 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
04:14FLA Bobby Butler (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Kopecky (2), Vincent Trocheck (1) 3 - 3 Tie
12:35TBL Steven Stamkos (1) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Carle (1) 4 - 3 TBL
19:02FLA Bobby Butler (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Erik Gudbranson (1), Dmitry Kulikov (2) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1TBLTeddy Purcell - Save
2FLABobby Butler - Save
3TBLNikita Kucherov - Missed
4FLABrad Boyes - Missed
5TBLJonathan Drouin - Goal
6FLADmitry Kulikov - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDTampa Bay LightningFlorida Panthers
1Teddy PurcellBobby Butler
2Nikita KucherovBrad Boyes
3Jonathan DrouinDmitry Kulikov
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 22:35
Bobby Butler
Bobby Butler
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:31
Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 21:23
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:32TBL Sami Salo  Hooking  - 2 min against  Drew Shore
09:29FLA Eric Selleck  Tripping  - 2 min against  Martin St. Louis
09:39FLA Mike Mottau  Hooking  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
08:54TBL Sami Salo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
12:00TBL Dana Tyrell  Holding  - 2 min against  Mike Weaver
15:19TBL Radko Gudas  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jesse Winchester
18:34FLA Mike Mottau  Slashing  - 2 min against  Teddy Purcell
3rd Period
12:21FLA Dmitry Kulikov  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ryan Malone
12:21TBL Ryan Malone  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dmitry Kulikov
14:45TBL  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Quinton Howden
OT Period
01:04FLA Scottie Upshall  Tripping  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
04:24TBL Radko Gudas  Roughing  - 2 min against  Scott Gomez
04:24FLA Scott Gomez  Roughing  - 2 min against  Radko Gudas
04:52TBL Steven Stamkos  Slashing  - 2 min against  Brad Boyes
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/61/4
Faceoff Wins3733
Blocked Shots718
Penalty Minutes1216
7D. KulikovD1211222:58
10J. CrabbR0000010:46
15D. ShoreC0000012:01
17J. WinchesterC00-23015:34
18S. MatthiasC00-21014:22
19S. UpshallR00-10219:36
21M. MottauD0010417:23
22B. BoyesR0001019:21
23S. GomezC0002218:57
26B. ButlerR2014013:31
42Q. HowdenC00-13011:51
43M. WeaverD0001021:17
44E. GudbransonD1114026:52
47C. RobakD00-21020:59
67V. TrocheckC0111016:39
76E. SelleckL0003210:29
77T. GilbertD01-30020:00
82T. KopeckyR0224017:42
25J. Markstrom2933.87965:00
35M. Houser00.0000:00
6S. SaloD0123423:07
7R. GudasD00-13424:01
11T. PyattC0001013:08
12R. MaloneL1017221:23
16T. PurcellL01-14017:03
23J. BrownR1013015:27
25M. CarleD0100025:05
26M. St. LouisR1014022:51
27J. DrouinL00-12014:05
42D. TyrellC0000216:10
43P. ParadisC000008:47
54C. PaquetteC000009:48
55M. TaorminaD00-11015:07
56N. KucherovR0000013:35
60J. CoteD0001215:18
65V. NamestnikovC0000012:05
77V. HedmanD0121020:55
91S. StamkosC1213222:35
30B. Bishop2529.86264:58
39A. Lindback00.0000:00