Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning effort strong but Panthers win


Times Staff Writer

TAMPA — Sometimes a goaltender simply beats you, and that Tuesday night is what happened to the Lightning.

Florida's Jacob Markstrom stacked his pads when he had to, flashed his glove when demanded.

And when it was over, he had 39 saves through regulation, three more in the shootout and the Panthers had a 3-2 victory in front of an announced crowd of 17,904 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Give their goaltender credit," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He was really good."

Said Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman: "He was unbelievable."

He certainly was the difference as the Lightning (15-18-2), which lost its four-game home winning streak, had a 41-25 shot advantage, including 13-5 in the third period when goals by Tom Pyatt and Alex Killorn wiped out a two-goal deficit.

Defenseman Eric Brewer hit a post with 8:25 left, about a minute after Killorn tied it.

"I heard that ringing in my ears a few times," Cooper said. "Game of inches, I guess."

And disappointing for Tampa Bay that, with dim playoff hopes, it left a point on the table.

Still, there was plenty about which to be pleased. The shots were a season best and players did not let down after two Panthers power-play goals (both on deflections and both with Pyatt in the penalty box) made it 2-0 with 3:19 left in the second period.

The Lightning sent waves of players to the Panthers net with wing Teddy Purcell getting two assists and a season-best five shots. The defensemen were involved, too, especially Hedman who had an assist, three shots and four blocks in 27:31 of ice time.

It was almost enough to make you overlook a 0-for-3 power play and a first period in which Tampa Bay lost 12 of 16 faceoffs, though it rebounded to win 32 of 65 in the game.

"The bottom line is we played pretty well," said Cooper, whose team has earned five of six points since he was named coach. "I told the guys if we play like that consistently, we are going to win more games than we lose."

This time, though, Markstrom was just too good.

In the shootout Florida won 1-0, he stopped Hedman with a sprawling right-leg save and Steven Stamkos with his glove. In a 21-second span of the second he stopped point-blank shots from Killorn and Marty St. Louis.

"He made some unbelievable saves," Pyatt said. "We had so many chances, and chances in tight, those Grade A chances. That's the way it goes sometimes, you just get beat by a good goalie."

"Player of the game," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said of Markstrom. "He stood tall when we needed him."

Panthers 1 1 0 0 3
Lightning 0 0 2 0 2
Panthers win shootout 1-0

First—1, Florida, Kopecky 13 (Brennan, Fleischmann), 8:36 (pp). Penalties—Pyatt, TB (hooking), 8:23; Parros, Fla (charging), 12:31; Upshall, Fla (hooking), 14:07.

Second—2, Florida, Rallo 1 (Brennan, Kuba), 16:41 (pp). Penalties—Parros, Fla, major (fighting), 6:44; Gudas, TB, major (fighting), 6:44; Pyatt, TB (interference), 14:56; Huberdeau, Fla (slashing), 18:00.

Third—3, Tampa Bay, Pyatt 7 (Purcell, Carle), 5:38. 4, Tampa Bay, Killorn 6 (Hedman, Purcell), 10:32. Penalties—None.

Overtime—None. Penalties—Stamkos, TB (interference), 4:59.

Shootout—Florida 1 (Mueller G, Huberdeau NG), Tampa Bay 0 (Purcell NG, Hedman NG, Stamkos NG). Shots—Florida 8-10-5-2—25. Tampa Bay 14-10-13-4—41. Power plays—Florida 2 of 3; Tampa Bay 0 of 3. Goalies—Florida, Markstrom 6-7-1 (41 shots-39 saves). Tampa Bay, Garon 5-8-1 (25-23). A—17,904 (19,204). T—2:43.

Lightning effort strong but Panthers win 04/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. FSU doesn't feel need for ongoing reminder of last year's beatdown at Louisville


    Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson looks back at the action from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Murray State, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
  2. Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy


    NEW YORK — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference, Wednesday in New York. [AP Photo/Julie Jacobson]
  3. NFL gives Tampa Bay final approval to host Super Bowl LV


    TAMPA – Start celebrating. Finally, it’s official. The biggest Super Bowl LV party will be held on the streets of Tampa Bay.

    NFL owners granted final approval today for Tampa Bay to host Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium.
  4. Bucs safety Chris Conte became a father during Sunday's loss at Arizona


    Chris Conte attempts to tackle Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. [AP photo]
  5. Time to break out the Bucs fan's emergency kit?


    A fan in a throwback jersey waits for the start of a game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times