Lightning edge Panthers in shootout

NHL.com | Monday, 10.28.2013 / 2:56 AM

Steven Stamkos has been practicing his shootout moves, and it paid off Sunday.

Stamkos scored the deciding goal in the tiebreaker to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

Stamkos was just 5 for 27 in the shootout coming into the game, but he made some nice moves to slip the puck past Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom on his left side for the deciding goal in Tampa Bay's fourth slot. Valtteri Filppula also scored in the shootout.

"It's something that I struggled with in the past but practice does help with certain moves," Stamkos said. "I probably wasn't going to be in the first three, but I was glad to go in there and help the team win in any situation. It's nice to see one go in and even nicer to help your team win in that situation."

Stamkos, Radko Gudas, and Martin St. Louis scored in regulation for Tampa Bay, which has won five of six. Anders Lindback stopped 29 shots and turned aside three of four Florida shooters in the tiebreaker. Stamkos also had an assist.

Lindback got his first win of the season.

"We got another two points. Obviously for me coming in and winning a game, it's nice," said Lindback, who started in the second half of back-to-back games in place of Ben Bishop.

"He stopped a couple of their guys in the shootout," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "That's where you need your goalie to stand up and win a game. He did that for us tonight."

Brad Boyes, Nick Bjugstad and Shawn Matthias scored, and Markstrom made 25 saves for Florida. Boyes also had a shootout goal. Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Dmitry Kulikov all missed.

The Panthers lost for the fifth time in seven games, including two shootouts.

"Unfortunately, we end up on the wrong end of these (shootouts) right now, but there's guys that are pushing hard and that's what we have to keep doing," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said.

Florida rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period.

The Panthers closed to 3-2 on Bjugstad's goal at 5:39 when he tipped in Scottie Upshall's shot from the point.

Florida tied it when Boyes grabbed an errant puck and backhanded it under Lindback's pads from in front at 8:51. Boyes leads the Panthers with five goals, but this was his first in seven games.

Tampa Bay stretched its lead to 3-1 during a power play in the second period. Gudas took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that deflected off Florida's Mike Weaver and got past Markstrom at 9:58.

Gudas got a game misconduct at 12:51 of the third when he slashed at the boards in front of the Panthers' bench after being squirted with water by Upshall, who received an unsportsmanlike conduct call.

Florida closed to 2-1 on Matthias' first goal of the season. Matthias grabbed a puck in traffic in front of the crease and slipped it behind Lindback at 13:48 of the first. It was Matthias' first goal in 23 games, dating to last season.

"It's tough going down 2-0 early like that, but we played really hard and battled back," Matthias said. "It's tough to have the final outcome happen."

The Lightning scored two goals on their first three shots, including on just 41 seconds into the game. Stamkos passed from the top of the right circle to St. Louis, who poked in the puck from in front. St. Louis has scored in three straight games.

Stamkos made it 2-0 at 4:35. Markstrom blocked a shot by Ryan Malone, but the long rebound went out to Stamkos in the right circle for a slap shot.

The Lightning improved to 8-3-0.

"It's probably the quietest 8-3 record in the League and we like it that way," Stamkos said.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:41TBL Martin St. Louis (7) ASST: Steven Stamkos (9), Ryan Malone (4) 1 - 0 TBL
04:35TBL Steven Stamkos (8) ASST: Ryan Malone (5), Matt Carle (7) 2 - 0 TBL
13:48FLA Shawn Matthias (1) ASST: Jesse Winchester (2), Marcel Goc (1) 2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
09:58TBL PPG - Radko Gudas (1) ASST: Richard Panik (5), Alex Killorn (5) 3 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
05:39FLA Nick Bjugstad (1) ASST: Scottie Upshall (2), Dmitry Kulikov (1) 3 - 2 TBL
08:51FLA Brad Boyes (5) ASST: NONE 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1TBLValtteri Filppula - Goal
2FLAJonathan Huberdeau - Save
3TBLVictor Hedman - Save
4FLAAleksander Barkov - Save
5TBLSami Salo - Save
6FLABrad Boyes - Goal
7TBLSteven Stamkos - Goal
8FLADmitry Kulikov - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDTampa Bay LightningFlorida Panthers
1Valtteri FilppulaJonathan Huberdeau
2Victor HedmanAleksander Barkov
3Sami SaloBrad Boyes
4Steven StamkosDmitry Kulikov
Three Stars of the Game
Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:00
Brad Boyes
Brad Boyes
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:42
Nick Bjugstad
Nick Bjugstad
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:13
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:55TBL Sami Salo  Hooking against  Jonathan Huberdeau
11:09TBL Teddy Purcell  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
19:18TBL Richard Panik  Boarding against  Erik Gudbranson
2nd Period
02:37FLA Brian Campbell  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
05:07TBL Martin St. Louis  Holding against  Mike Weaver
09:12FLA Jonathan Huberdeau  Too many men/ice - bench
12:51TBL Radko Gudas  Slashing against  Nick Bjugstad
12:51TBL Radko Gudas  Misconduct (10 min)
12:51TBL Radko Gudas  Game misconduct
12:51FLA Scottie Upshall  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
01:29FLA Tomas Kopecky  Hi-sticking against  Steven Stamkos
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/4
Faceoff Wins3131
Blocked Shots1510
Penalty Minutes308
2E. BrewerD00-21019:36
6S. SaloD00-21220:06
7R. GudasD10042212:32
9T. JohnsonC00-20018:07
12R. MaloneL0212017:17
16T. PurcellL0006214:32
17A. KillornC0100017:04
18O. PalatL00-21015:44
19B. CrombeenR0001010:19
25M. CarleD0121029:24
26M. St. LouisR1013221:50
44N. ThompsonC0001010:53
51V. FilppulaC0002019:03
62A. SustrD0012018:46
71R. PanikL01-20213:38
76P. LabrieL000005:21
77V. HedmanD00-10024:48
91S. StamkosC1113021:00
39A. Lindback2932.90665:00
7D. KulikovD0113025:09
11J. HuberdeauL0011019:11
16A. BarkovC0012017:40
17J. WinchesterC0112011:50
18S. MatthiasC1002017:05
19S. UpshallR0111217:01
20S. BergenheimL00-13010:34
23S. GomezC0001013:22
24B. BoyesR1011013:42
27N. BjugstadC1012013:13
32K. VersteegR0011016:20
43M. WeaverD00-11021:01
44E. GudbransonD0002023:05
51B. CampbellD0020226:14
57M. GocC01-13017:18
77T. GilbertD00-11017:59
82T. KopeckyR00-24215:34
97M. GilroyD0012016:56
25J. Markstrom2528.89365:00