Pouliot lifts Lightning past Panthers in OT
- Article by: PAUL GEREFFI
- Associated Press
- February 16, 2013 - 5:20 PM
SUNRISE, Fla. - Benoit Pouliot scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-5 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Steven Stamkos also scored twice, and Teddy Purcell and Alexander Killorn each had a goal for the Lightning. Anders Lindback made 25 saves.
Purcell's goal with 11 seconds left in regulation tied it 5-all as his shot from the slot hit off the post and into the net. On the winning score, the puck bounced off the end boards and out to Pouliot, who was open in front. His wrist shot went into the net 1:19 into overtime.
The Lightning ended a six-game losing streak and got their first victory since Feb. 1st against Winnipeg.
Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau scored third-period goals to give the Panthers a lead they didn't hold. Jerred Smithson, Jack Skille, and Shawn Matthias also had goals for the Panthers and Jose Theodore stopped 30 shots. Mike Weaver had two assists and Matthias also had an assist.
Florida lost its fourth straight and third in a row in overtime.
The Panthers got two goals early in the third to build a 5-3 lead.
The tiebreaking score came on the efforts of a couple of rookies as Drew Shore passed across the crease in front to Huberdeau, who redirected it into the net at 1:53 for his sixth goal of the season. Kopecky's shot from the right side of the net put the Panthers ahead by two at 3:24.
Stamkos' second goal came during a 4-on-3 power play and closed the score to 5-4. His slap shot from the left circle rifled past Theodore at 7:28. Stamkos has nine goals and three assists over a seven-game point streak against the Panthers.
Trailing 3-2, Florida tied it in the waning seconds of the second period when Smithson poked in a rebound with 5 seconds left.
The Panthers tied it 2-all in the second on Skille's goal at 2:27. The Lightning regained the lead quickly. Stamkos pounced on a rebound in front of the Panthers net and backhanded the puck past Theodore a little over a minute later to make it 3-2.
The Panthers, who were shut out in their last game, wasted no time changing that trend, taking a 1-0 lead 48 seconds in. Weaver took a shot from just inside the blue line on the right side. Matthias deflected the puck past Lindback.
The Lightning tied it at 1 on Pouliot's goal. Vincent Lecavalier passed the puck from behind the net out to Pouliot in front, who wristed in into the net at 4:48. The Lightning took a 2-1 lead on Killorn's first career goal at 6:51 of the first.
NOTES: Panthers W Kris Versteeg missed his second consecutive game with an upper body injury. ... Lindback returned in net for Tampa Bay after missing Thursday's game against Washington because of illness. ... Lecavalier has recorded a point in four straight games.
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