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Ramo, Stamkos lead Lightning over Panthers

Mar 15, 2009 - 3:02 AM
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't in the playoff picture, but they enjoyed slowing down their in-state rival's postseason push.

Tampa Bay goalie Karri Ramo stopped all three shots in a shootout, and Steven Stamkos scored the only goal in the tiebreaker to lead the Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Stamkos beat Tomas Vokoun with a deke to the backhand for the win for Tampa Bay, which rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

"This says a lot about the character of this team going forward," Tampa Bay center Jeff Halpern said. "We never gave up and kept coming at them and coming at them. It's a big win for us and a tough one for them because they need the points."

Ramo stopped Cory Stillman, David Booth and Michael Frolik, securing the victory when he stopped Frolik's shot with his blocker.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Halpern, Martin St. Louis and Cory Murphy, a former Panther.

Booth had two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Frolik also scored for Florida, while Stephen Weiss had two assists.

It was an important game for Panthers, who have struggled of late. Florida lost 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, two days after losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Florida, which hasn't been in the playoffs since 2000, moved into a tie with the New York Rangers for eighth place in the tight Eastern Conference.

"We got a point and we've got to keep moving forward here," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. "I don't want to sound redundant but we got a point with the injuries we have and the lineup we've got. The guys worked their tails off tonight."

Ramo made 34 saves in regulation and overtime for the Lightning, who were coming off Thursday's 4-1 win over Toronto.

Vokoun stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime for Florida, which opened a five-game homestand Saturday. Eight of Florida's remaining 13 games will be played in Sunrise.

Booth made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 2:49 remaining in the second period. Cory Stillman's backhand from a sharp angle bounced off the goal post, then Booth's backhand went between Ramo's legs. But Murphy quickly followed Booth's goal with one of his own. Murphy scored on a power play with 1:39 left in second period with a slap shot from the point.

Booth scored his second goal of the night at 5:35 in the third period to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead. Weiss' pass to the front of the net went off a skate and into the slot, where Booth put home another backhand.

St. Louis made it 3-2 when he deflected Lukas Krajicek's shot from the point past Vokoun with 6:18 left in the third period.

Then Halpern tied it at 3 with 3:30 left in regulation. After a Florida giveaway behind the net, Richard Petiot spun around and passed the puck across the crease to Halpern, who one-timed it.

"They were coming at us really hard," Ramo said. "They really needed this win but we hung around and battled hard and it paid off."

Frolik put the Panthers up 1-0 with 4:11 left in the first period. He took a pass from Booth and beat Ramo with a wrist shot from the high slot.

"I thought we dominated the first period, I just thought they got a couple bounced and the puck went in," Booth said. "But I thought we played pretty good. But, yeah, I do think we've got to play better, especially with the teams we've got coming up here."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 2 0 (1) 4
    FLORIDA 1 1 1 0 (0) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 18 (DAVID BOOTH) 15:49
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 25 (CORY STILLMAN, STEPHEN WEISS)
    17:11
    TAM - (PP) CORY MURPHY 5 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, STEVEN STA

    Lightning 4, Panthers 3  Final - 2OTMar 14 9:48 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 2 0 3
    FLORIDA 1 1 1 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 18 (DAVID BOOTH) 15:49
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 25 (CORY STILLMAN, STEPHEN WEISS)
    17:11
    TAM - CORY MURPHY 5 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, STEVEN STAMKOS) 18:21


    Mar 14 9:40 PM
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    Lightning 3, Panthers 3  OT - 4:55Mar 14 9:34 PM


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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 2 3
    FLORIDA 1 1 1 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 18 (DAVID BOOTH) 15:49
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 25 (CORY STILLMAN, STEPHEN WEISS)
    17:11
    TAM - CORY MURPHY 5 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, STEVEN STAMKOS) 18:21
    3RD PRD: FLA - DAVID BOO

    Mar 14 9:33 PM
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    TAMPA BAY 3
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: TAM - JEFF HALPERN 5 (RICHARD PETIOT, VACLAV PROSPAL) 16:30

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    TAMPA BAY 2
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: TAM - MARTIN ST. LOUIS 26 (LUKAS KRAJICEK, RICHARD PETIOT)
    13:42

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    TAMPA BAY 1
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: FLA - DAVID BOOTH 26 (STEPHEN WEISS, MICHAEL FROLIK) 5:35

    Lightning 1, Panthers 3  3rd - 14:25Mar 14 9:02 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1
    FLORIDA 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 18 (DAVID BOOTH) 15:49
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 25 (CORY STILLMAN, STEPHEN WEISS)
    17:11
    TAM - CORY MURPHY 5 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, STEVEN STAMKOS) 18:21
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Mar 14 8:37 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 1
    FLORIDA 2
    2ND PRD: TAM - CORY MURPHY 5 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, STEVEN STAMKOS) 18:21

    Lightning 1, Panthers 2  2nd - 1:39Mar 14 8:37 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 0
    FLORIDA 2
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 25 (CORY STILLMAN, STEPHEN WEISS)
    17:11

    Lightning 0, Panthers 2  2nd - 2:49Mar 14 8:31 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 0
    FLORIDA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 18 (DAVID BOOTH) 15:49
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAM 5 5
    FLA 15 15
    GOALIES: TAM - KARRI RAMO
    FLA - TOMAS VOKOUN

    Mar 14 7:48 PM


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    TAMPA BAY 0
    FLORIDA 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 18 (DAVID BOOTH) 15:49

    Lightning 0, Panthers 1  1st - 4:11Mar 14 7:35 PM