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Lightning 6, Panthers 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 6, Panthers 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Florida Panthers 4

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -After letting a lead slip away, the Tampa Bay Lightning got the strong finish they needed to beat the Florida Panthers.

Ryan Craig and Brad Richards each scored two goals and Johan Holmqvist made 31 saves in the Lightning's 6-4 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday night.

Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle also scored for the Lightning.

Ville Peltonen, Gary Roberts, Ruslan Salei and Olli Jokinen had goals for Florida and Alex Auld stopped 29 shots.

Behind 3-2, Tampa Bay scored four third-period goals.

"Give the team high marks," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "They battled through that and it could have gone the other way, so it's good stuff."

Craig made it 5-3 when his shot from in front hit Auld and trickled over the goal line at 12:12. Boyle's shot from the lower left circle went between Auld's pads at 7:14 to put Tampa Bay ahead 4-3.

"We never let the game get away from us at any point tonight," Craig said. "We felt in control, kept our composure and never wavered from our game plan."

Jokinen closed the gap to 5-4 at 16:44 when his shot from below the left circle went between Holmqvist's legs. Richards had an empty-net goal at 19:47.

"We probably played a little more desperate," Richards said. "We needed a win. We knew we could take it to these guys like we did in the first period but we knew it wouldn't be easy. They had a surge there in the second."

Tampa Bay tied it at 3 on Craig's first goal at 3:05 of the third.

"I really don't know what happened in the third period," Jokinen said. "Too many ups and downs during the game."

Trailing 2-0, Florida scored three goals in the second period.

They made it 2-1 on Peltonen's power-play goal at 12:21 of the second. His shot from the right circle went just inside the post on Holmqvist's glove side.

The Panthers tied the score 2-all after a goal by Roberts. Holmqvist blocked a shot from Stephen Weiss but the puck bounced off Robert's jersey and went into the net over the prone Holmqvist at 18:05.

Florida took a 3-2 lead during a power play at 19:52 when Salei's shot from the right point deflected off Lightning defenseman Cory Sarich over the goal line.

"We let them off the hook," Florida defenseman Mike Van Ryn said. "It's a tough loss because we had them."

A power-play goal put the Lightning ahead 2-0 at 15:39 of the first. Dan Boyle passed across the ice to Filip Kuba above the right circle. His shot was deflected by Richards into the net.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead at 7:38 of the first on Perrin's goal. Craig brought the puck out from behind the net and passed it to Perrin in front. His shot went high past Auld.

Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier took a penalty shot at 9:43 of the first period but Auld blocked it with his left leg.

Notes: Florida's Chris Gratton got a game misconduct after a first-period fight with Nick Tarnasky. ... Greg Jacina played for Florida after being called up from Rochester. ... Tampa Bay's Tim Taylor sat out the game because of a neck injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:38
TBL
Eric Perrin (5) ASST: Ryan Craig (3), Nolan Pratt (2)
1 - 0 TBL
15:39
TBL
PPG - Brad Richards (7) ASST: Filip Kuba (11), Dan Boyle (10)
2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
12:21
FLA
PPG - Ville Peltonen (2) ASST: Ruslan Salei (11), Olli Jokinen (12)
2 - 1 TBL
18:05
FLA
Gary Roberts (4) ASST: Stephen Weiss (8), Nathan Horton (9)
2 - 2 Tie
19:52
FLA
PPG - Ruslan Salei (3) ASST: Olli Jokinen (13), Joe Nieuwendyk (3)
3 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
03:05
TBL
Ryan Craig (7) ASST: Martin St. Louis (11), Dan Boyle (11)
3 - 3 Tie
07:14
TBL
Dan Boyle (2) ASST: Doug Janik (1), Martin St. Louis (12)
4 - 3 TBL
12:12
TBL
Ryan Craig (8) ASST: Eric Perrin (3), Blair Jones (1)
5 - 3 TBL
16:44
FLA
Olli Jokinen (10) ASST: Ville Peltonen (4), Bryan Allen (5)
5 - 4 TBL
19:47
TBL
EN - Brad Richards (8) ASST: Nikita Alexeev (9), Martin St. Louis (13)
6 - 4 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:05
FLA
Jozef Stumpel  Hooking
09:02
FLA
Chris Gratton  Fighting (maj)
09:02
FLA
Chris Gratton  Game misconduct
09:02
TBL
Nick Tarnasky  Fighting (maj)
10:28
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Tripping
13:14
FLA
Nathan Horton  Roughing
14:52
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Hooking
16:04
TBL
Eric Perrin  Holding the stick
2nd Period
08:41
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Cross checking
11:43
FLA
Gary Roberts  Fighting (maj)
11:43
FLA
Nathan Horton  Fighting (maj)
11:43
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Fighting (maj)
11:43
TBL
Ryan Craig  Roughing
11:43
TBL
Ryan Craig  Fighting (maj)
19:11
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Tripping
3rd Period
00:53
FLA
Joe Nieuwendyk  Hooking
12:55
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko  Interference on goalkeeper
goalie stats
Johan Holmqvist
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 35TOI: 59:57
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .886SH: 1 - 1
Alex Auld
SA: 33TOI: 59:29
Saves: 28EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .848SH: 0 - 0
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