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Cats Can't Stop Bolts

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Cats Can't Stop Bolts
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Florida Panthers 3
Tampa Bay Lightning's Jan Hlavac (17) watches where the puck is along with Florida Panthers' Nathan Horton (16) and Ruslan Salei (24), during the second period of the Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Winning doesn't come easy for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay almost wasted Nick Tarnasky's first multigoal game of his career with a late collapse, but held on to beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Saturday night.

"We had the game in total control but we continue to make things exciting," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella. "It's unbelievable how we just continue to keep teams in games."

Tarnasky scored twice for the first time 132 career games as the Lightning won for just the third time in 14 games and for the second time in seven on the road.

"It's just exciting to be part of a win," Tarnasky said. "I haven't had a night like that since my second year in the American (Hockey) League."

Brad Richards scored two goals and Jan Hlavac also scored for Tampa Bay, and goalie Johan Holmqvist made 27 saves.

Olli Jokinen, David Booth and Brett McLean scored for Florida, which has lost five straight at home and six of its past eight overall. Tomas Vokoun, who was selected on Friday to play in the NHL All-Star game on Jan. 27 in Atlanta, stopped 24 shots.

Trailing 4-1, Florida scored twice late in the third.

The first goal came at 14:59 when Booth deflected a shot by Jassen Cullimore up and over Holmqvist's shoulder and into the net. Later, McLean deflected a shot by Magnus Johansson past Holmqvist at 18:31.

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Lightning
 Weiss
C
 Lecavalier
 Booth
LW
 Prospal
 Horton
RW
 St. Louis
 Allen
D
 Kuba
 Bouwmeester
D
 Ranger
 Vokoun
G
 Holmqvist
Post-Game Video
 Jacques Martin
  Tomas Vokoun
  David Booth
  Radek Dvorak
PhotoGallery
 Panthers vs Lightning
Quote of the Game
"We have to bring that every shift, every time we're out there, 30 to 40 seconds hard. That's when we're playing our best hockey is when everyone's playing, everyone's contributing."
-Forward David Booth on bringing the intensity that the Panthers had the last five minutes of the game and applying over 60 minutes.
Stat of the Game
Olli Jokinen's 21st goal of the season came just 38 seconds into the game. It was the quickest goal the Panthers have scored all season.
3 Stars
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1. Nick Tarnasky
2. Brad Richards
3. Johan Holmqvist
Richards second goal, an empty-netter, came at 19:44.

"It was pretty wild there at the end but you just have to stay calm and hope guys can come up with the big plays," Holmqvist said. "Fortunately, Brad (Richards) was able to clear it and it went in."

Tampa Bay scored twice in just over a minute in the second period. Jason Ward's shot from the right circle looked like it would miss the net as it went past Vokoun's outstretched glove. Hlavac stopped the puck with his skate in front then redirected it into the net at 2:00 to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

Tarnasky's second goal of the game at 3:07 put Tampa Bay ahead 3-1.

"Tonight the puck found my stick at the right time and I was able to get off good shots," Tarnasky said. "It's something I can build on now and hopefully get us going in the right direction."

Richards power-play goal at 9:15 of the third stretched Tampa Bay's lead to 4-1. Richards took a pass from Vaclav Prospal at the point, and his shot beat Vokoun, who was screened on the play, on the glove side.

"We started well but for some reason we got away from what brought us success two days ago (a win at Atlanta)," Vokoun said. "They got a big couple of goals and it was 3-1. My job is to be a difference and I wasn't."

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead just 38 seconds into the game, the quickest goal for the Panthers this season. Filip Kuba tried to clear the puck out of the zone but Bryan Allen cut it off and passed to Jokinen, whose wrist shot beat Holmqvist on the stick side.

Tampa Bay tied it 1-all at 10:39. Craig McDonald passed from behind the net to Tarnasky in front and Tarnasky poked the puck between Vokoun's pads.

"In the second period some guys didn't compete enough," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "(They) ended up costing us the game."

Notes: Panthers C Jozef Stumpel will miss seven to 10 days with a separation of his right shoulder. He was injured in Thursday's 3-2 victory at Atlanta. Forward Tanner Glass was recalled from Rochester to replace Stumpel. ... Panthers defensemen Branislav Mezei (hand) and Cory Murphy (shoulder) skated on Friday and could be nearing a return to the lineup. ... Jokinen has a 15-game point streak against the Lightning at home. ... Tampa Bay's Kuba played his 500th career game on Saturday.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:38
FLA
Olli Jokinen (21) ASST: Bryan Allen (6)
1 - 0 FLA
10:39
TBL
Nick Tarnasky (2) ASST: Craig MacDonald (3), Mathieu Darche (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:00
TBL
Jan Hlavac (7) ASST: Jason Ward (6), Chris Gratton (8)
2 - 1 TBL
03:06
TBL
Nick Tarnasky (3) ASST: Shane O'Brien (13), Craig MacDonald (4)
3 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
09:15
TBL
PPG - Brad Richards (12) ASST: Vinny Prospal (26), Martin St. Louis (35)
4 - 1 TBL
14:59
FLA
David Booth (11) ASST: Jassen Cullimore (4), Stephen Weiss (18)
4 - 2 TBL
18:31
FLA
Brett McLean (4) ASST: Magnus Johansson (5), Jay Bouwmeester (9)
4 - 3 TBL
19:44
TBL
EN - Brad Richards (13) ASST: Martin St. Louis (36)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
14:47
TBL
Vinny Prospal  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
19:52
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Holding against  Shane O'Brien
2nd Period
19:07
FLA
Richard Zednik  Hooking against  Jason Ward
3rd Period
07:59
FLA
Bryan Allen  Slashing against  Nick Tarnasky
goalie stats
Johan Holmqvist
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 24TOI: 58:55
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
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