On the night where they welcomed home Stanley Cup champion Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos tied the game with just 5.5 seconds left and rookie forward Brayden Point scored on his first NHL shootout attempt to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win vs. the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena last night.
The Bolts had a much better start than on Saturday but failed to score
With Vincent Trocheck in the box, Florida’s Colton Sceviour scored off an a bad Ondrej Palat turnover. Sceviour beat Bishop high with a bullet of a shot to open the scoring at 2:38 of the second period,
Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn scored his third of the season from Nikita Kucheron to tie the game at 6:18. Kucherov set Killorn up with a beautiful behind the net pass for a one- timer.
Ondrej Palat jumped on a Steven Stamkos rebound near the crease and deposited it behind Reimer to give the Bolts a 2-1 lead at 16:21. Stamkos and Jonathan Drouin garnered the assists, giving each of them points in the first three games.
Trocheck tied the game for the Panthers at 5:26 of the third period as Bishop lost track of the bouncing puck which made its way out front to Trocheck for his second of the year.
With 5.5 seconds left, Steven Stamkos one-timed the puck from a terrible angle for most players. But this is no regular player. Stamkos scored a goal scorers goal past Reimer to send the game to overtime.
There was no score in the overtime and the game went to a shootout where rookie Brayden Point beat James Reimer to give the Lightning a 4-3 win. This after Jonathan Drouin scored and Vincent Trocheck scored on a disputed goal after he whiffed on the shot but continued his forward motion and slid the puck into the open net. Quite obviously, Bishop gave up on the play after the whiff.
“I was right in front of the net. I was shocked he was trying to shoot it. It was kind of like a golf shot.” – Alex Killorn on Steven Stamkos’ game tying goal.
“There were nerves for sure. It was the first time I’ve ever done that in this league.” – Brayden Point
“I don’t think too many guys can do that. That was a fun one to watch.” – Brayden Point on Steven Stamkos’ goal.
“It was probably one of the best shots of my career. Everything executed perfectly.” – Steven Stamkos
“There’s not many guys in the league that can do that. And by not many guys, you’re counting on one hand.” – Coach Jon Cooper on Steven Stamkos’ goal.
The 3-0-0 Bolts host the Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena on Thursday night at 7:30.