Point scores shootout winner, Lightning beat Panthers 4-3
Oct 19 2016 by Marjorie Miles
The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame an unusual call that went against them and remained undefeated.
The Tampa Bay Lightning tied the game with 5.5 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Steven Stamkos, then edged the Florida Panthers in shootout, with rookie Brayden Point scoring the winning shot in the sixth frame and goalie Ben Bishop making one last save for a 4-3 win on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena.
In the past Tampa Bay and Colorado exchanged season away win 2: 1 and 4: 0, playing is not as bright as the start of the season. Florida tied the game at 5:26 when Vincent Trocheck roofed a shot from close range after a scramble play around the Lightning net. After review, officials determined the puck stayed in motion and the goal was valid, extending the shootout.
"I don't think it's controversy anymore because the same result happened", Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.
"I thought there was a lot of back and forth in the game which I think plays more into their strengths, " Matheson said.
That carried over into the early part of the second, when, while on the power play, they surrendered a two-on-one rush and a shorthanded goal to Colton Sceviour.
"We feel we got two strong goaltenders, " Gallant said after morning skate. "When you look down your lineup and see guys capable of producing on all four lines, and we can roll them, that's nice to know". Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson had scored with 4:08 left to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead, and the Lightning pulled Bishop with a minute left, hoping to get the equalizer.
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James Reimer made his first start of the season for Florida after Roberto Luongo was in the net for the first two.
"We're real happy with the performance", Gallant said.
With 3:39 left in the period, Stamkos was left alone to stickhandle on the doorstep before Reimer flopped on his stuff-shot, only to allow the rebound to squib to Ondrej Palat, who easily hoisted it over the prone goalie for a 2-1 lead after two.
Killorn extended his season-opening goal streak to three games and tied it 6:18 into the second. Somehow, despite the awful angle on net, Stamkos one-timed the pass and managed to snipe the game-tying goal, tucking it over the shoulder of Panthers goalie James Reimer and into the top of the net. Heading into tonight's game, they were one of six teams in the league that haven't registered a power play goal either. NOTES: The Lightning honored former captain Vincent Lecavalier before the game with the ceremonial puck drop. The Lightning, who rallied from two goals down in each of their first two wins, fell behind 1-0 in the second period before rallying for two goals and the lead. He ranks second in points (874).
The Panthers won four of the five meetings last season, including two of three in Tampa Bay - one in a shootout.
Panthers: Return home to play Washington on Thursday night.