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Panthers 6, Lightning 5, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 6, Lightning 5, OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Olli Jokinen helped the Florida Panthers' playoff push avoid a costly bump.

Jokinen scored on a breakaway with 1:44 left in overtime, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

The Panthers won for the sixth time in seven games despite squandering a four-goal lead in the third period.

Tampa Bay trailed 5-1 after two periods before tying it with two goals by Martin St. Louis and one each by Ryan Craig and Brad Richards to force overtime.

"We have to learn from this," said Jokinen, who scored his eighth game-winning goal. "They showed why they were the Stanley Cup Champions two years ago. Good teams never quit."

Jozef Stumpel had two goals, and Ric Jackman, Steve Montador and Juraj Kolnik also scored for Florida, which has won four of five meetings - winning twice in overtime - this season with division rival Tampa Bay. Roberto Luongo had 29 saves for the Panthers.

John Grahame stopped 20 off 25 shots for the Lightning before being replaced by Gerald Coleman at the start of the third period. Coleman faced six shots in the overtime.

"He's a little nervous at times, rightfully so," Lightning coach John Tortorella said of Coleman. "He's a guy we have big plans for."

Jokinen scored the decisive goal, his 33rd of the season, by firing a wrist shot between Coleman's legs to enable Florida to overcome Tampa Bay's rally.

"Last time I checked, we're in the entertainment business," Panthers coach Jacques Martin said.

Jokinen, who also had two assists, broke loose in the neutral zone after taking a pass from Stumpel.

"I knew he was right up there, so I just moved it to him because I know he's pretty good on breakaways," Stumpel said.

Florida remained six points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens defeated Washington 4-2.

After Fedotenko 22nd goal tied the score 1-1 just 9 seconds into the second period, Florida scored four straight goals.

Stumpel, who has 15 points in his last eight games, backhanded a centering pass from Gary Roberts at 4:14. Montador took Jokinen's drop pass in the left circle and fired the puck past Grahame's high glove side to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead at 15:44.

Kolnik had a power-play goal at 18:24, and Stumpel capped the flurry 59 seconds later to make it 5-1.

"You get a couple of bad bounces, they go in, and the next thing you know it's a 5-1 game," St. Louis said. "At that point, there's nothing to lose. You just have to go out and play and see what happens. It happened."

St. Louis scored a power-play goal 1:12 into the third period and then his 23rd goal at 6:34.

Notes: Montador and Jackman scored their first goals with the Panthers. Montador was acquired from Calgary on Dec. 2 and Jackman was acquired from Pittsburgh on March 10. ... The teams play three more times, all in the first nine days of April. ... Florida's Roberts returned after missing 16 games with an MCL sprain.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:13
FLA
Richard Jackman (7) ASST: Juraj Kolnik (17), Gregory Campbell (6)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
00:09
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko (22) ASST: Freddy Modin (18)
1 - 1 Tie
04:14
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (12) ASST: Olli Jokinen (41), Gary Roberts (18)
2 - 1 FLA
15:44
FLA
Steve Montador (2) ASST: Olli Jokinen (42)
3 - 1 FLA
18:24
FLA
PPG - Juraj Kolnik (11) ASST: Joel Kwiatkowski (7), Joe Nieuwendyk (20)
4 - 1 FLA
19:23
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (13) ASST: Gary Roberts (19)
5 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
01:12
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (22) ASST: Brad Richards (52), Ryan Craig (10)
5 - 2 FLA
06:34
TBL
Martin St. Louis (23) ASST: Dan Boyle (34), Nolan Pratt (9)
5 - 3 FLA
07:55
TBL
Ryan Craig (13) ASST: Darryl Sydor (16), Cory Sarich (11)
5 - 4 FLA
11:54
TBL
Brad Richards (21) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (12), Freddy Modin (19)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
03:16
FLA
Olli Jokinen (33) ASST: Jozef Stumpel (35)
6 - 5 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
03:57
TBL
Dan Boyle  Interference
2nd Period
05:16
FLA
Nathan Horton  Hooking
14:15
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Interference
14:30
TBL
Brad Richards  Tripping
16:38
TBL
John Grahame  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
3rd Period
00:59
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Hi-sticking
00:59
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Hi-sticking
17:56
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Tripping
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
John Grahame
John Grahame
SA: 25TOI: 39:48
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Gerald Coleman
Gerald Coleman
SA: 13TOI: 23:16
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
Roberto Luongo
SA: 34TOI: 63:16
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .853SH: 0 - 0