Stamkos nets 4th goal, Lightning beat Panthers 5-2
TAMPA BAY 5, FLORIDA 2
By MARK DIDTLER
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- High-scoring Steven Stamkos is not alone when
it comes to Tampa Bay's offensive attack.
Stamkos scored his fourth goal of the season and five Lightning
players had goals in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the Florida
Panthers on Tuesday night.
"We're doing good things," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.
"We're not good, yet."
Tampa Bay, which has won five of six to start the year, also got
goals from Cory Conacher, Tom Pyatt, Dana Tyrell and Vincent
Lecavalier. Stamkos, who led the NHL with 60 goals last season,
has 11 points during a season-opening six-game point streak this
Peter Mueller and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Panthers, who
have lost five in a row after a season-opening win over
Carolina. Florida has been outscored 23-5 during its skid.
"I think our record is fairly accurate of our play the last four
games," coach Kevin Dineen said. "I hate to say we deserve to be
where we are right now. ... It's a matter of us deciding how
we're going to deal with it, and we will."
Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 on a power-play goal at 11:09
of the first. The man advantage came after Panthers defenseman
Keaton Ellerby received two minor penalties, a fighting major
and 10-minute misconduct following a fight with Tampa Bay right
wing B.J. Crombeen, who had tripped Florida defenseman Ed
Jovanovski with his leg. Crombeen was given one minor penalty
and a fighting major.
"I've been around long enough, it's something that I take pride
in is playing honest," Crombeen said, explaining that the trip
was unintentional. "I would, obviously, never do that to
The Panthers tied it just 15 seconds after Stamkos' goal when
Mueller scored after Lightning goalie Anders Lindback misplayed
the puck behind his net.
Tampa Bay went up 2-1 when Conacher, while being held from
behind by Florida defenseman Mike Weaver, skated down the slot
and beat goalie Jose Theodore with 7:11 left in the first.
Second-period goals by Pyatt and Tyrell extended the Lightning's
lead to 4-1. Tyrell stopped a personal 38-game goal drought.
"I don't think we've really played a good game yet," Florida
defenseman Filip Kuba said. "It's obviously embarrassing when
you lose five straight, but it's not the right time to put our
heads down and feel sorry for ourselves. We've got another game
coming, and we've got 40-something more left. We've got to
quickly figure out what we've got to do to get ready and play
After Lecavalier had a power-play goal 14:13 into the third,
Fleischmann scored on a short-handed breakaway 18 seconds later.
The Lightning have outscored their opposition 14-2 during the
third period this season.
"Obviously, right now we're not getting any bounces, but we
don't deserve them," Panthers right wing Tomas Kopecky said. "We
are not working hard. We are not competing hard enough, and all
the 50-50 pucks, the other team is winning and we've got to
change it. And it's got to change right now. It's too late right
now, actually, so everybody here is fed up."
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis had an assist. The right wing has
nine assists and 12 points overall.
NOTES: Stamkos has a six-game goal streak against the Panthers.
... Florida LW Kris Versteeg (groin) played for first time this
season. ... Conacher, in his rookie season, has at least one
point in five of six games this year. ... The Panthers recalled
C Drew Shore from San Antonio of the AHL.
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