Martin St. Louis leads Lightning past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist and Victor Hedman had three assists. J.T. Brown added two third-period goals for Tampa Bay.
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning.
Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his 20th victory of the season.
Sean Bergenheim scored and Scott Clemmensen made 30 saves for Florida.
St. Louis assisted on Johnson’s tap-in goal off a wide shot off the boards by Hedman and added another on Filppula’s power-play goal less than five minutes later for a 3-1 Lightning lead in the second period.
St. Louis scored his 16th goal of the season when his batted shot escaped Clemmensen for a 4-1 advantage after two periods.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the second period, Hedman took a pass in the left circle from St. Louis and sent a shot that went wide of Clemmensen. Johnson was in the right place and scored his ninth goal.
Florida then took a pair of minor penalties 6:48 into the period — Tom Gilbert for hooking and the bench for too many men on the ice — that led to full two-minute 5-on-3 power play for the Lightning.
In the slot, Filppula gathered a shot from Teddy Purcell that deflected off Marcel Goc’s stick and sent it past Clemmensen for his 13th goal. St. Louis recorded the second assist on the goal, and scored an even-strength goal 4:06 later.
Florida had a second man advantage when Ondrej Palat went off for hooking.
Bergenheim scored his fifth goal when Aleksander Barkov stole Matt Carle’s clearing attempt and deflected it to Bergenheim, who beat goaltender Bishop at 18:56 of the first.
Tampa Bay scored 19 seconds later on the next shift when Killorn’s tapped in his ninth goal off a pass from Filppula to even it at 1-1.
Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson (orbital bone) had surgery Monday after being injured in Winnipeg. The club called up defenseman Alex Petrovic from San Antonio (AHL) earlier in the day. The 2010 second-round pick logged 13:27 of ice time in his season debut.
NOTES: Florida F Scottie Upshall (upper body) was hurt in the first period and didn’t return. … Tampa Bay D Sami Salo (upper body) left in the second period and didn’t return. … Florida G Tim Thomas remained on the injured reserve (retroactive to Dec. 12) and missed his sixth straight game after being hurt nearly two weeks ago in practice. … With the win in the teams’ third meeting, Tampa Bay won the first annual Governor’s Cup, created during the offseason by Florida Governor Rick Scott. … Tampa Bay and Florida are both idle through the holiday break before hosting games Saturday.