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Panthers rally to edge Lightning

Jan 18, 2009 - 5:43 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- One second can make all the difference. Just ask the Tampa Bay Lightning.

All-Star defenseman Jay Bouwmeester completed a three-goal outburst in the second period with one second remaining in the session and the Florida Panthers hung on to post a 4-3 comeback win over the Lightning on Saturday.

Cory Stillman and Richard Zednik also scored in the second as the Panthers erased a 3-1 deficit and grabbed a one-goal advantage. Tomas Vokoun turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the third to preserve the victory.

"In the first (period), we were pretty bad. Everyone knew it," Bouwmeester said. "Games like this are huge for us. It's a team that's below you in the standings, and we had a couple of tough losses to them earlier."

Gregory Campbell tallied in the opening session and Nathan Horton collected three assists for Florida, which improved to 5-0-2 in its last seven games.

"This one definitely isn't a keeper," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "We'll probably burn the tape of it rather than watch it, but we got two points."

All-Star Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal each recorded a goal and an assist and Ryan Malone netted his 100th career tally for the Lightning, who had won three of four.

"We started the game great," Prospal said. "We didn't give them anything in the first period. We built a 3-1 lead and let it slip in the second, and that can't happen to us, especially against a cross-state rival. That was a four-point game.

"We should be good enough to protect that lead. We had such a great first period. We made one bad mistake that ended up in the back of our net, and we just gave them the second (goal). They scored a huge goal in the last second of the second period and we didn't manage anything in the third."

After falling behind by two goals late in the first period, a session in which they were outshot by an 11-4 margin, the Panthers played a spirited middle session to move ahead.

Horton beat a defender to a loose puck in the offensive zone and dished it to Stillman, who beat goaltender Mike Smith from the slot at 6:39 for a power-play goal. Less than 4 1/2 minutes later, Zednik buried his own rebound from the doorstep to knot the contest at 3-3.

With time winding down in the period, Stillman - a member of Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship team in 2004 - completed a pass from the right corner to Bouwmeester, who beat Smith to the glove side from the left hash marks to put Florida ahead. It was a man-advantage goal for Bouwmeester, who has scored in four straight games.

"You just play to the buzzer," Bouwmeester said. "You know there wasn't a whole lot of time left, but you're not counting down the seconds."

"You never want a goal at the end of a period, so that was a tough one to swallow," Tampa Bay defenseman Steve Eminger said.

Vokoun made the last-second tally stand as he stymied the Lightning over the final 20 minutes. The Czech stopped all 22 shots he faced over two periods after replacing Craig Anderson, who allowed three goals on 11 shots in the opening session.

"I don't think it was really Andy's fault," Bouwmeester said. "I think that sometimes you just (make a goalie change) to maybe shake things up. We didn't help him out much. I think we had four shots in the first period, and that's not going to win you any games."

"It's not unusual to go to the bench, but it happened to us a few times in the last little while, so we are a little bit more used to it than probably most goalies," Vokoun said. "We just go in and, in a sense, you don't have so much pressure. You're already down, so just come out and play and try to do the best you can in those situations."

Despite limiting Florida to just four shots in the third while registering 13 of its own, Tampa Bay still could not recover from Bouwmeester's goal.

"It seemed like we couldn't get a real clean chance in the third," Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "Obviously, in the last minute of the period, you don't want to let a goal in. It was a huge goal for them."

Lecavalier opened the scoring at 4:37 of the first, deflecting defenseman Matt Smaby's shot from the left point past Anderson for his 19th goal. The captain helped Tampa Bay double the lead, recording the secondary assist on a power-play tally by Prospal, who lifted his own rebound past Anderson from near the right goalpost with 6:24 remaining in the session.

Campbell halved Florida's deficit with 2:05 to go, wristing the puck inside the left post from the slot. But Malone grabbed the rebound of Martin St. Louis' slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle and slid it into a vacant net just 51 seconds later for his milestone goal and a 3-1 advantage.

"We didn't play well in the first period," DeBoer said. "Tampa came out and was ready to play again. I thought we didn't do anything that we wanted to do as far as our game plan went. We overhandled the puck, we didn't forecheck well, we didn't generate shots, we took penalties. The list is as long as your arm, the things we didn't do the right way.

"To our guys' credit, we fixed that in the second."

Smith made 17 saves for the Lightning, who fell to 2-2-1 in the season series with the Panthers.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    FLORIDA 1 3 0 4
    TAMPA BAY 3 0 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 19 (MATT SMABY, VACLAV PROSPAL)
    4:37
    TAM - (PP) VACLAV PROSPAL 10 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT
    LECAVALIER) 13:36
    FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 9 (VILLE PELTONEN, RADEK DVORAK)
    17:55
    TAM - RYAN MALON

    Jan 17 10:05 PM
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    Panthers 4, Lightning 3  3rd - 1:42Jan 17 9:59 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 1 3 4
    TAMPA BAY 3 0 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 19 (MATT SMABY, VACLAV PROSPAL)
    4:37
    TAM - (PP) VACLAV PROSPAL 10 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT
    LECAVALIER) 13:36
    FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 9 (VILLE PELTONEN, RADEK DVORAK)
    17:55
    TAM

    Jan 17 9:18 PM


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    FLORIDA 4
    TAMPA BAY 3
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) JAY BOUWMEESTER 10 (CORY STILLMAN, NATHAN HORTON)
    19:59

    Panthers 4, Lightning 3  2nd - 0:01Jan 17 9:16 PM


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    FLORIDA 3
    TAMPA BAY 3
    2ND PRD: FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 6 (DAVID BOOTH, NATHAN HORTON) 10:56

    Panthers 3, Lightning 3  2nd - 9:04Jan 17 8:53 PM


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    FLORIDA 2
    TAMPA BAY 3
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) CORY STILLMAN 10 (NATHAN HORTON, JAY BOUWMEESTER)
    6:39

    Panthers 2, Lightning 3  2nd - 13:21Jan 17 8:47 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 1 1
    TAMPA BAY 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 19 (MATT SMABY, VACLAV PROSPAL)
    4:37
    TAM - (PP) VACLAV PROSPAL 10 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT
    LECAVALIER) 13:36
    FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 9 (VILLE PELTONEN, RADEK DVORAK)
    17:55
    TAM

    Jan 17 8:17 PM


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    FLORIDA 1
    TAMPA BAY 3
    1ST PRD: TAM - RYAN MALONE 13 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, ANDREJ MESZAROS)
    18:46

    Panthers 1, Lightning 3  1st - 1:14Jan 17 8:16 PM


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    FLORIDA 1
    TAMPA BAY 2
    1ST PRD: FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 9 (VILLE PELTONEN, RADEK DVORAK) 17:55

    Panthers 1, Lightning 2  1st - 2:05Jan 17 8:16 PM


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    FLORIDA 0
    TAMPA BAY 2
    1ST PRD: TAM - (PP) VACLAV PROSPAL 10 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, VINCENT
    LECAVALIER) 13:36

    Panthers 0, Lightning 2  1st - 6:24Jan 17 8:05 PM


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    FLORIDA 0
    TAMPA BAY 1
    1ST PRD: TAM - VINCENT LECAVALIER 19 (MATT SMABY, VACLAV PROSPAL) 4:37

    Panthers 0, Lightning 1  1st - 15:23Jan 17 7:48 PM