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Jokinen Ties Record As Cats Win

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

Associated Press

Florida Panthers' Olli Jokinen (12), of Finland, is congratulated by teammate Cory Murphy, left, after Jokinen scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. The Panthers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com


Things might have been different last year.

Think about it: If the Panthers allowed a four-goal lead to evaporate 12 months ago in the third period, they might have wound up leaving the rink without a point.

But this year’s model is different.

Even though the Lightning climbed back from a 5-1 hole Saturday evening at BankAtlantic Center, the Panthers gathered themselves, shook off the ghosts of last season, and left this building with a 6-4 victory and their second consecutive win.

“It was interesting, a little too interesting after two periods,” said Stephen Weiss. “But, you know, the good thing is we might have given up the tying goal in the past. Tonight we found a way to win.”

Clinging to a 5-4 lead midway through the third period, captain Olli Jokinen blasted a slap shot past Tampa goalie Marc Denis during a 5-on-3 power play at 12:32 of the final period to give the Panthers a 6-4 victory and send them on a three-game road trip on a two-game winning streak.

Jokinen, who had three points on the night, is now tied with former captain Scott Mellanby as the Panthers’ all-time point leader with 354. Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and Ruslan Salei all had a goal and an assist and Cory Murphy had two assists, including one on Jokinen’s record-tying point.

Weiss, Jozef Stumpel and Richard Zednik also picked up their first goals of the season. Weiss also won nine of 13 faceoffs. Meanwhile, goalie Tomas Vokoun made several big saves on his way to stopping 40 shots.

“It’s one of those games where I think you give two points to your goaltender,” said GM and coach Jacques Martin. “I think Vokoun played really well and our specialty teams was the difference from the standpoint we got three power play goals.”

Once again, the Panther started strong. This time it resulted in three power play goals.

Just 2:33 into the game and with the Panthers on the power play, Horton stopped a clearing pass by Chris Gratton, wheeled around from the left circle, and fired a wrist shot that beat goalie Johan Holmqvist high to the glove side for a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later and just as Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba was stepping out of the penalty box, Salei fired a shot from the point into a crowd (one that included Rostislav Olesz) and found its way past Holmqvist to make it 2-0.

After Vokoun stopped Vinny Lecavalier on a short-handed breakaway, Horton carried the puck from his blue line deep into the Lightning zone, lured Holmqvist and defenseman Mike Lundin to his side, and then slid the puck across the crease to a wide-open Weiss, who deposited his first goal of the season into a wide open net.

“They don’t come much easier than that,” Weiss said. “It was a world class play by Nathan.”

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Lightning
 Jokinen
C
 Lecavalier
 Peltonen
LW
 Prospal
 Zednik
RW
 St. Louis
 Allen
D
 Kuba
 Bouwmeester
D
 Ranger
 Vokoun
G
Holmqvist 
Post-Game Video
 Jacques Martin
 Olli Jokinen
 Nathan Horton
 Tomas Vokoun
PhotoGallery
 Panthers vs Lightning
Quote of the Game
"Main thing is that we got two points. I think we learned a lesson again tonight. We can't relax even when you have a three-four goal lead." - Panthers captain Olli Jokinen when asked about knowing he was close to tying the record.
Stat of the Game
1 Point - That's all Panthers captain Olli Jokinen needs now to break the career points record for a Panther. He tied former Panther Scott Mellanby at 354 points with his three points (goal, two assists) against the Lightning.
3 Stars
Presented by Szrio Jewelry
1. Olli Jokinen
2. Nathan Horton
3. Vaclav Prospal
The second period started much the same for the Panthers as the first. Just 2:34 into the second, Zednik scored his first goal as a Panther when he banged away at a rebound from a Ville Peltonen shot that eventually slid past Holmqvist.

It was 4-0 Panthers, and that was it for Holmqvist, who was replaced in goal by Marc Denis. Although the Lightning got a goal back at 2:58 of the second period on a goal from Andre Roy, the Panthers kept them off the scoreboard the remainder of the period. Part of the credit goes to Vokoun, who made key saves late in the period while the Lightning were on the power play, including a glove save on Vaclav Prospal.

But the Lightning stormed back in the third period with three unanswered goals in 2:53 seconds, the first coming on a power play by Prospal at 5:51. Suddenly, the Panthers four goal lead had evaporated.

“That goal on the power play, it seemed to give them some momentum,” Martin said. “That gave them some life.”

After the fourth Lightning goal, Martin called a timeout.

“(Martin) said to relax and make sure we get the puck deep,” Weiss said.

“We just panicked,” Vokoun said.

But after the timeout, the Panthers gathered themselves and soon found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play. Jokinen’s fourth shot on the power play was the charm, whistling past Denis and giving the Panthers the 6-4 win.

“Our preparation lacked a little in the third period,” Jokinen said. “But we got a chance to come back and the power play kind of settled us.”

Martin, who complimented the lines of Stumpel, Olesz and Radek Dvorak and Horton, Weiss and Booth, will now prepare the Panthers for a three-game swing through Canada this week against Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa before returning Oct. 24 to the BankAtlantic Center to play the Philadelphia Flyers.
scoring summary
1st Period
02:33
FLA
PPG - Nathan Horton (3) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 FLA
04:39
FLA
Ruslan Salei (1) Slapshot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (3), Rostislav Olesz (2)
2 - 0 FLA
18:57
FLA
Stephen Weiss (1) Tip-in - ASST: Nathan Horton (1), Ruslan Salei (2)
3 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
02:34
FLA
Richard Zednik (1) Tip-in - ASST: Ville Peltonen (1), Olli Jokinen (3)
4 - 0 FLA
02:58
TBL
Andre Roy (1) Tip-in - ASST: Craig MacDonald (1), Shane O'Brien (1)
4 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
01:26
FLA
PPG - Jozef Stumpel (1) Tip-in - ASST: Olli Jokinen (4), Cory Murphy (3)
5 - 1 FLA
05:51
TBL
PPG - Vinny Prospal (4) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (2), Brad Richards (1)
5 - 2 FLA
08:00
TBL
Vinny Prospal (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (3), Paul Ranger (4)
5 - 3 FLA
08:44
TBL
Jan Hlavac (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brad Richards (2), Brad Lukowich (1)
5 - 4 FLA
12:32
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (2) Slapshot - ASST: Cory Murphy (4)
6 - 4 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:41
TBL
Jason Ward  Hooking against  Jozef Stumpel
02:33
TBL
Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Nathan Horton
08:49
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
11:05
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Holding against  Craig MacDonald
17:21
TBL
Andre Roy  Tripping against  Rob Globke
17:21
TBL
Shane O'Brien  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
17:21
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Shane O'Brien
18:26
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
19:55
FLA
Brett McLean  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
04:48
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Hooking against  Filip Kuba
17:04
FLA
Noah Welch  Holding against  Craig MacDonald
19:53
TBL
Craig MacDonald  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
00:19
TBL
Brad Richards  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
04:20
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Hooking against  Vinny Prospal
11:02
TBL
Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
11:37
TBL
Brad Lukowich  Tripping against  Richard Zednik
13:40
TBL
Chris Gratton  Roughing against  Nathan Horton
18:32
FLA
Brett McLean  Tripping against  Vincent Lecavalier
18:38
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Hooking against  Jay Bouwmeester
goalie stats
Marc Denis
Marc Denis
SA: 13TOI: 35:33
Saves: 11EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Johan Holmqvist
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 15TOI: 22:09
Saves: 11EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 44TOI: 59:51
Saves: 40EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .909SH: 4 - 4
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