Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Peter Mueller had the lone goal in the shootout
to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jacob Markstrom, who had 39 saves, stopped shootout attempts by Teddy Purcell,
Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos for the Panthers, who have won three straight
on the heels of a three-game skid.
Greg Rallo and Tomas Kopecky tallied, while T.J. Brennan had two assists in
Tom Pyatt and Alex Killorn lit the lamp and Purcell added two helpers for the
Lightning, who have dropped four of their last six contests. Mathieu Garon
stopped 23 shots in defeat.
Although they were outshot 24-18 after two periods, the Panthers had a 2-0
lead, but Tampa Bay netted two in the first ten minutes of the third to tie
Pyatt tipped one home as Purcell slipped a quick pass to Pyatt from the right
circle and Pyatt tipped it home. Killorn put in a rebound five minutes later
to knot the tilt.
The Panthers had a power-play goal in each of the first two periods.
Kopecky tipped home Brennan's slap shot from the top of the right circle at
the 8:36 mark of the first, while Rallo scored in similar fashion as he nipped
home another Brennan slap shot from the right circle.
Florida finished 2-for-3 on the power play ... The Lightning were 0-for-3 on
the man advantage ... Kopecky's goal was his 13th of the season.
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