Tampa Bay 3, Florida 2

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 11-14-0-1 6-6-0-1 5-8-0-0 W1
Florida 7-14-5-1 4-7-4-1 3-7-1-0 L4


Lightning 3, Panthers 2: Steven Stamkos scored the go-ahead goal 5:30 into the third period on the power play and Anders Lindback made 37 saves as visiting Tampa Bay edged Florida.

Stamkos scored his league-leading 20th goal on a low shot from below the left faceoff circle and Lindback stopped Shawn Matthias to preserve the lead. Martin St. Louis recorded a goal and two assists and captain Vincent Lecavalier had one of each as Tampa Bay defeated Florida for the seventh straight game despite being outshot 39-13.

Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky scored goals for the Panthers, who saw their winless streak grow to four games (0-3-1). Jacob Markstrom made 10 saves in his fifth straight start.

Lindback made 17 saves in the first period and the Lightning scored twice on three shots. Lecavalier knocked home St. Louis' pass 1:36 into the contest and Alex Killorn recorded his second assist after feeding St. Louis at the right of the net with 2:12 left for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Florida outshot the Lightning 13-3 in the second session and Versteeg cut the lead in half only 13 seconds in after a turnover behind the net. Kopecky tied the game at 11:24 after accepting Jack Skille's feed at the bottom of the right faceoff circle before wiring a low shot past a screened Lindback.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Lightning D Radko Gudas made his NHL debut, playing 15:20 and registering two hits and three blocks. … Versteeg left the game in the third period after a collision with Gudas. Versteeg was favoring his knee and did not return. …St. Louis extended his point streak to seven games.

Top Game Performances

Tampa Bay   Florida
Martin St. Louis 3 Points Tomas Kopecky 1
Martin St. Louis 1 Goals Tomas Kopecky 1
Martin St. Louis 2 Assists Marcel Goc 1
Steven Stamkos 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Anders Lindback .949 Save Percentage Jacob Markstrom .769
Anders Lindback 37 Saves Jacob Markstrom 10

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 13 3 1-2 4-4 8 34
Florida 39 2 0-4 1-2 4 36

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game on the road against Boston. The Panthers have a W/L % of .143 after a win and .263 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Lightning have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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