Saturday, September 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Review makes Lightning work a little longer for shootout victory

TAMPA — The Lightning was celebrating Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win against the Panthers when, hold on, replay said Panthers F Vincent Trocheck did indeed score.

F Jonathan Drouin just scored the first goal of the shootout by either side on the Lightning's third attempt. All the Lightning needed was a stop by G Ben Bishop.

Trocheck was up next. He lost control of the puck as he approached Bishop, and Bishop began to leave the crease, thinking the game was over. But Trocheck reached for the puck and put it into the net.

The officials huddled and went to replay. The decision was the puck was still moving forward so, technically, Trocheck did not fan on the shot.

A release from the league said, "In the third round of the Panthers/Lightning shootout, video review determined that Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck kept the puck in motion towards the goal before his shot attempt. According to Rule 24.2 'The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent's goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete.' Good goal Florida."

"We knew there was a chance they'd call it a goal," F Steven Stamkos said. "Not sure I agree with it."

Coach Jon Cooper said looking at it live it looked like no goal because the puck appeared to move backward. But Cooper said after looking at the replay they got the call right.

The shootout continued until rookie F Brayden Point beat G James Reimer for the Lightning's second goal of the shootout and Bishop stopped D Aaron Ekblad.

WELCOME BACK, JON: Former Lightning F Jon Marchessault said the decision to sign with the Panthers over the Lightning came down to one key factor: playing time.

Both teams offered similar deals, and Marchessault accepted the Panthers' offer of a two-year, one-way contract worth $1.5 million.

"I knew I was on a team (in Tampa Bay) that was hard to break into the lineup," Marchessault said Tuesday. "They have such a good team and (the forwards) have been playing three years together. That was a big part of changing teams so I have a better opportunity."

Marchessault, who scored seven goals and had 18 points in 45 games last season, had two goals and two assists in the Panthers first two games this year.

"When he signed with Florida we were a little dejected," Cooper said. "Not only that he left us but that he went to Florida. He could've gone anywhere else.

"Unfortunately, I won't be cheering for him (Tuesday), but I'll cheer for him the other (78) games."

Marchessault, who is on the top line with F Jaromir Jagr and F Aleksander Barkov, scored the Panthers' first goal of the season.

"That's Marchy," Cooper said. "He finds his way into those situations. Good for him."

NUTS AND BOLTS: D Slater Keokkoek was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. … The Lightning was 0-for-3 on the power play, including a 4-on-3 in overtime when it failed to get off a shot.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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