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Cardiac Cats Win Second Straight

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Cardiac Cats Win Second Straight
Florida Panthers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun, makes a save against Tampa Bay Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, in Tampa, Fla. Florida won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tomas Vokoun kept the Panthers in the game with series of big saves. Richard Zednik make sure the effort was not in vain.

Zednik scored the go-ahead goal with 1:05 left in the third and Vokoun made 44 saves, leading Florida past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.

Coupled with Friday's 4-3 win over Vancouver, the Panthers moved within three points of front-running Carolina and Atlanta in the Southeast Division.

"If we want to go ahead of them, we have to win," Vokoun said. "It's tough to win when you give up so many chances. We won, and that's positive."

Zednik's 10th goal of the season came on an in-close rebound after Jassen Cullimore's shot went off the end boards. Olli Jokinen had pulled the Panthers even at 2 on a power-play goal from the slot at 14:04 of the third.

Jay Bouwmeester also scored for the Panthers, who won the fourth time in the last 10 games.

"We really needed this," Cullimore said. "The main thing right now is get points."

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Lightning
 St. Louis
 Panthers vs Lightning
Quote of the Game
"If we want to go ahead of them, we have to win. It's tough to win when you give up so many chances. We won, and that's positive."
-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun
Stat of the Game
 Richard Zednik scored his 10th goal of the season, ending a 20-game scoreless streak.
3 Stars
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1. Richard Zednik
2. Vinny Prospal
3. Karri Ramo

The Lightning got goals from Chris Gratton and Vinny Prospal. Rookie Karri Ramo had 29 saves.

"I don't look at Florida beating us, I look at us self-destructing," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "It's a tough one."

Tampa Bay, last in the Eastern Conference, had a season-high 46 shots.

"We just can't have many more of these," Tortorella said. "We're out of time."

Bouwmeester put the Panthers up 1-0 during a 3-on-1 just 3 minutes into the first. Kamil Kreps nearly gave Florida a two-goal lead midway through the period, but his shot during a short-handed 2-on-1 hit the post.

The Lightning outshot Florida 18-7 during the first. Vokoun made several strong saves, including one on Martin St. Louis' in-close shot.

Shortly after Ramo stopped David Booth's backhander, Gratton tied it at 1 with a rebound goal at 4:12 of the second. Tampa Bay kept the pressure on, but Vokoun stopped in-close tries by St. Louis and Brad Richards.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead on Prospal's rebound goal with 1:43 left in the second. The goal came on Tampa Bay's 35th shot of the game. Prospal has a goal in three straight games.

Ramo preserved the one-goal advantage by stopping Nathan Horton on a breakaway with 25 seconds left in the second.

Vokoun kept the Panthers within one midway through the third when he made a diving stick save on Richards' rebound slot shot.

"I think we've got to find a way (to be) a little bit tighter defensively," Vokoun said. "It didn't hurt us tonight. We have to play better, there's no question about that."

Notes: Florida C Jozef Stumpel missed the game with a slight shoulder separation. ... The Panthers recalled LW Stefan Meyer and C David Brine from Rochester of the AHL. Meyer didn't play, while Brine made his NHL debut. ... Tampa Bay's third round pick in the 2006 amateur draft, D Kevin Quick, has been dismissed from the University of Michigan hockey team for violating team rules. "We are disappointed that his actions led to such a disciplinary measure being taken," Lightning GM Jay Feaster said in astatement. The team has not yet spoken with Quick, but did discuss his hockey future with his family adviser.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jay Bouwmeester (10) ASST: Nathan Horton (27), David Booth (7)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
Chris Gratton (9) ASST: Craig MacDonald (6), Brad Lukowich (6)
1 - 1 Tie
Vinny Prospal (22) ASST: Dan Boyle (3), Paul Ranger (17)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
PPG - Olli Jokinen (25) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (11), Nathan Horton (28)
2 - 2 Tie
Richard Zednik (10) ASST: Jassen Cullimore (6), Kamil Kreps (9)
3 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
Richard Zednik  Hooking against  Vincent Lecavalier
2nd Period
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Branislav Mezei
Branislav Mezei  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Roy
Cory Murphy  Holding against  Nick Tarnasky
Dan Boyle  Hooking against  David Booth
Bryan Allen  Hooking against  Craig MacDonald
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  David Brine
Chris Gratton  Hooking against  Jay Bouwmeester
Nathan Horton  Interference against  Dan Boyle
3rd Period
Dan Boyle  Closing hand on puck
Dan Boyle  Hooking against  David Booth
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 46TOI: 59:55
Saves: 44EV: 36 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .957SH: 2 - 2
Karri Ramo
Karri Ramo
SA: 32TOI: 59:08
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0