Florida (16-13-5) at Tampa Bay (9-16-9) 7:30 p.m. EST
TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are making a
run at their first extended winning streak.
The Lightning will be looking for their third straight win when
they face the Florida Panthers in the second half of a
home-and-home series on Saturday.
Tampa Bay owns the second-worst record in the NHL with 27 points
but is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since
November 1. The 4-3 shootout victory over the Panthers was the
club’s first shootout win since November 1 as well.
Defenseman Steve Eminger recorded a goal and two assists and
Ryan Malone tallied the shootout winner on Friday. Veteran Mark
Recchi and Evgeny Artyukhin also scored in regulation for the
The Lightning had jumped to a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals late
in the second period but Florida chipped away in the third,
finally forging a tie when defenseman Bryan McCabe scored with
14 seconds remaining to force overtime.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Panthers, who
have gained at least a point in each of their last four games.
Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun, who had stopped 55 straight
shots and was coming off a pair of shutouts, allowed all three
regulation goals before being replaced by Craig Anderson to
start the third period.