Booth’s pair paces Panthers
David Booth had two goals and the Florida Panthers beat Tampa Bay 6-0 on Saturday night, jumping out to a big lead while handing the Lightning their first loss of the season.
Cory Stillman, Booth, Steven Reinprecht, and Dennis Wideman each scored in the first period. Booth added his second and Rostislav Olesz also scored in the third.
Florida’s Tomas Vokoun had 29 saves, earning his second shutout of the season and 40th of his career in the Panthers’ home opener. Bryan McCabe had four assists.
Mike Smith replaced Dan Ellis in the first and finished with 20 saves for the Lightning. Ellis allowed three goals on 15 shots.
McCabe, Radek Dvorak and Stillman combined for Florida’s first goal less than two minutes into the game. McCabe took a cross-ice pass from Dvorak and pushed the puck to Stillman in the slot. His shot beat Ellis on the stick side.
The Panthers chased Ellis with two more goals in less than a minute. Booth picked up a loose puck in front of the net and beat Ellis at 14:25. Reinprecht, making his first start of the season, then picked up a rebound and poked it in at 15:13.
Smith entered but it didn’t get any better for Tampa Bay. Wideman converted a one-timer from the left circle for Florida’s first power-play goal of the season.
Booth’s second goal came at 7:49 of the third. He took a pass from Olesz just below the left circle and one-timed it past Smith. Olesz’s goal came at 17:25, his second of the season.