FLA
29-45-8
TBL
46-27-9

21 SOG
28 SOG

Stamkos scores hat trick in Lightning home opener

Lonnie Herman  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:08 AM

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning played their home opener Thursday and celebrated in style, dispatching the Florida Panthers 7-2 at Tampa Bay Times Forum behind a hat trick and an assist from Steven Stamkos.

They were the first three goals of the season for Stamkos, who had two assists in the first three games.

"To be perfectly honest, I think this might be the first time I didn't worry about not having scored," Stamkos said. "Usually I do. If I didn't score one goal, sometimes I have trouble sleeping, thinking about what I should have done. I just kind of had an eerie feeling that tonight was going to be a good night."

Stamkos got one goal in each period, a shorthanded score in the first, an even-strength goal in the second, and a power-play goal in the third. It was his sixth career hat trick.

"He played 200 feet and he's been doing it since the beginning of the year," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He has that mindset of playing both ends of the ice and it is fun to watch. Not only was he scoring but he was a physical force out there tonight. He was dictating where he wanted to be and when he wanted the puck."

Valtteri Filppula continued the Lightning attack with two goals 2:36 apart in the third period. His first, a power-play score, came on a shot from the high slot that Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom missed; the second went through Markstrom's five-hole and sent him to the bench at 9:14 with 18 saves on 24 shots.

Scott Clemmensen came on in relief but was quickly victimized by Stamkos, who completed his hat trick with blast from the right faceoff circle at 12:25. Sami Salo earned his second assist and Teddy Purcell collected his third.

"They were just rolling and you could tell, they kept putting themselves in position to score without sacrificing the other end," Cooper said.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop got his third win of the season with 19 saves.

Florida finally scored its first power-play goal of the season after 18 chances. It came 59 seconds into the second period and briefly put the Panthers back into the game, down 2-1. The close-in wrist shot by Brad Boyes, his second goal in as many games, was assisted by Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann.

That was as close as the Panthers could come. Stamkos scored his second goal when he stole the puck from Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and began a sequence that finished with Stamkos burying a shot from the circle to the left of Markstrom. Matthew Carle and Ryan Malone got assists.

Tampa Bay (3-1-0) stretched its lead to three when Bishop caught the Panthers on a line change and sent a long pass to Alex Killorn in the neutral zone. He found Ondrej Palat cruising in alone from the circle to the left of Markstrom, and Palat made his opportunity pay off for his first goal of the season. Bishop's assist was his first NHL point.

"I'm not looking for that (an assist) but I'll take it when it comes," Bishop said.

The Lightning jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Martin St. Louis began the scoring at 8:13, one second after a penalty to Florida defenseman Mike Weaver for hooking expired. St. Louis scored his second goal of the season when he popped a rebound over Markstrom from just outside the crease. Stamkos and Teddy Purcell assisted. It marked the first time this season Tampa Bay scored the first goal.

Stamkos got his first at 13:54, one second before Lightning forward Richard Panik would leave the penalty box. Stamkos, in the slot, redirected a pass from St. Louis behind Markstrom. Victor Hedman also had an assist.

It was the second shorthanded goal allowed by the Panthers this season.

Florida had its chances, especially early when Shawn Matthias, who was ill this morning and not expected to play, broke in alone on Bishop but couldn't finish.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored his first goal of the season in the third period when he took a lead pass from Scott Gomez and deked his way into making Bishop move and slipped the puck behind him. Kris Versteeg also got an assist.

But once the Lightning got their attack underway, there seemed to be nothing the Panthers could do.

"They smelled blood when we (were) starting to not respond to pressure," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "They kept applying it and we just didn't stand up to it.

"We've been our own worst enemy. We didn't respond well to pressure. Instead of responding to it and understanding it was coming, I think it created turmoil for us, and when that happens it makes it hard to find our synch."

For prolonged stretches, Florida (1-3-0) seemed unable to clear the puck from their zone and never mounted a strong counterattack.

"It was an ugly all-round effort," Dineen said.

Stamkos equaled his career best four-point performance for the sixth time in his career. But he most wanted to talk about a teammate, rather than himself, after the game.

"It's too bad that Valtteri Filppula had to spend his career in Detroit with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, because people didn't realize how good he actually is," Stamkos said. "Now, they can see it."

Filppula said, "I guess I have to give him some money afterwards for saying that."

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TBL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:13TBL Martin St. Louis (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (3), Teddy Purcell (1) 1 - 0 TBL
13:54TBL SHG - Steven Stamkos (1) ASST: Martin St. Louis (3), Victor Hedman (2) 2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
00:59FLA PPG - Brad Boyes (2) ASST: Brian Campbell (4), Tomas Fleischmann (2) 2 - 1 TBL
11:39TBL Steven Stamkos (2) ASST: Matthew Carle (2), Ryan Malone (2) 3 - 1 TBL
15:51TBL Ondrej Palat (1) ASST: Alex Killorn (2), Ben Bishop (1) 4 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
03:48FLA Jonathan Huberdeau (1) ASST: Scott Gomez (1), Kris Versteeg (1) 4 - 2 TBL
06:38TBL PPG - Valtteri Filppula (2) ASST: Matthew Carle (3), Alex Killorn (3) 5 - 2 TBL
09:14TBL Valtteri Filppula (3) ASST: Teddy Purcell (2), Sami Salo (1) 6 - 2 TBL
12:25TBL PPG - Steven Stamkos (3) ASST: Sami Salo (2), Teddy Purcell (3) 7 - 2 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
1st
Steven Stamkos
G: 3Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:23
Valtteri Filppula
2nd
Valtteri Filppula
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:52
Martin St. Louis
3rd
Martin St. Louis
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 21:28
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:12FLA Mike Weaver  Hooking against  Valtteri Filppula
11:55TBL Richard Panik  Hi-sticking against  Erik Gudbranson
19:40TBL Victor Hedman  Hooking against  Marcel Goc
2nd Period
04:31TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Interference against  Scottie Upshall
05:18FLA Jonathan Huberdeau  Holding against  Richard Panik
07:45FLA Jesse Winchester  Cross checking against  Martin St. Louis
13:11TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Gudbranson
13:11FLA Erik Gudbranson  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
3rd Period
04:57FLA Marcel Goc  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:56FLA Jesse Winchester  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
13:22TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Holding against  Tom Gilbert
16:44TBL Victor Hedman  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
16:44FLA Scottie Upshall  Cross checking against  Victor Hedman
17:45TBL Matthew Carle  Cross checking against  Brad Boyes
shots by period
PeriodFLATBL
1st69
2nd810
3rd79
Total2128
Team Stats
CategoryFLATBL
Power Plays1/52/5
Hits1527
Faceoff Wins2237
Giveaways38
Takeaways713
Blocked Shots169
Penalty Minutes1717
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30B. Bishop1921.90559:58