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game recap

Lightning 4, Panthers 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 4, Panthers 3, SO
Florida Panthers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Steven Stamkos joined an elite group of NHL goal scorers and his biggest fans was in the stands to see it.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft became the third-youngest player to score 50 goals in a season, and he scored the only goal in the shootout to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers in the Lightning's home finale Saturday night.

Stamkos' father was in attendance, adding to the excitement of the night for the forward.

"He sent me a text a couple of weeks ago just telling me to stay focused," Stamkos said about his father. "My emotions were running when it went in and he was in the stands. It was pretty special. They can never take that away from you."

At 20 years, 2 months and 3 days, only Wayne Gretzky (19 years, 2 months) and Jimmy Carson had 50-goal seasons earlier than Stamkos - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

Going into Sunday's season finale against Florida, Stamkos is within reach of Vincent Lecavalier's franchise record of 52 goals.

"In between the second and third, Vinny came up to me and said, 'Welcome to the club,"' Stamkos added. "That was pretty special to be able to hear that.

"I also have to give a lot of credit to Marty St. Louis. He's been a big mentor of mine and he's pushed me to be the player I am today."

The milestone goal came on a power play in the second period. He took a pass from Andrej Meszaros at the point and blasted a wrist shot past Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen.

Stamkos was quickly mobbed by his teammates as the announced crowd of 17,050 roared in approval.

"I'm sure a lot of the guys were passing up opportunities and were trying to get the puck to me," Stamkos said. "I want to thank them for that. It was pretty special to do it on home ice in a win."

Stamkos was the first player in the shootout session and scored with a backhand flip. Lightning goalie Antero Nittymaki made that goal stand up when he stopped Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton and Mike Frolik.

Stamkos has been one of the few bright spots for Tampa Bay team that won't be in the playoffs.

"I don't want to put pressure on him, the one thing I think is that he's emerging as a leader," coach Rick Tocchet said. "He expects this of himself. That's what I like about him, that he is willing to do the work.

The Lightning held a 3-2 lead midway through the third period when Nathan Horton took advantage of an errant pass and slipped a backhand shot past Antero Nittymaki on the ensuing breakaway.

Nittymaki recovered and stopped Horton on a second breakaway with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. He finished with 29 saves.

Clemmensen had 34 saves and stopped Alex Tanguay on a breakway with under a minute remaining in regulation to send the game to the extra period.

Stamkos' first goal came on a power play less than five minutes into the first period to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

Florida tied it at 1 when Stephen Weiss scored on a shot that was accidentally deflected by Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund.

St. Louis had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Frolik scored for Florida and Horton had two assists.

NOTES: The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak in home closers for the Lightning. ... ... Lightning F Todd Fedoruk left the game in the second period with a lower back injury and did not return.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:11
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (49) ASST: Kurtis Foster (33), Martin St. Louis (65)
1 - 0 TBL
18:39
FLA
PPG - Stephen Weiss (28) ASST: Nathan Horton (36), Bryan McCabe (35)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:28
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (50) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (11), Zenon Konopka (3)
2 - 1 TBL
10:24
TBL
Martin St. Louis (29) ASST: Steven Stamkos (44), Kurtis Foster (34)
3 - 1 TBL
11:46
FLA
Michael Frolik (21) ASST: Nathan Horton (37), Dmitry Kulikov (13)
3 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
08:08
FLA
SHG - Nathan Horton (20) ASST: Stephen Weiss (32), Keith Ballard (20)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDTBLFLATOTAL
1S. Stamkos
S. Weiss
1 - 0
2V. Lecavalier
N. Horton
1 - 0
3T. Purcell
M. Frolik
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
02:33
FLA
Michael Frolik  Hooking against  Vincent Lecavalier
07:38
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Holding against  Steve Downie
14:18
FLA
Rostislav Olesz  Slashing against  Kurtis Foster
18:12
TBL
Matt Lashoff  Hooking against  Bryan Allen
19:47
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Tripping against  Steve MacIntyre
2nd Period
04:16
FLA
Bryan Allen  Hooking against  Steve Downie
07:27
TBL
Mike Lundin  Holding against  Victor Oreskovich
3rd Period
05:57
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
05:57
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Tarnasky
06:18
FLA
Jason Garrison  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
09:12
TBL
Matt Walker  Tripping against  Evgenii Dadonov
14:53
TBL
Kurtis Foster  Cross checking against  Radek Dvorak
OT Period
04:55
TBL
Kurtis Foster  Tripping against  Stephen Weiss
goalie stats
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 37TOI: 64:47
Saves: 34EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
21-18-5
SA: 32TOI: 64:45
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 1
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