The Tampa Bay Lightning will go for a season-best fifth straight
win Monday night against a Florida Panthers team that just saw its
own five-game run come to an end.
The Panthers are returning home from a four-game road trip
looking for a fourth straight win at the BB&T Center. Florida,
though, has dropped five straight at home to Tampa Bay, and the
Lightning have won nine of the past 11 overall against the
The Lightning (22-11-3) needed overtime in Saturday’s 3-2 home
win over Carolina despite producing a season-high 50 shots.
“Taking 50 shots to win was less frustrating to me then getting
20 shots total,” coach Jon Cooper told the team’s official website.
“I would rather get the 50 shots and ultimately look and say the
goalie flat out beat us than sit here and say we just beat
ourselves. Sometimes this is going to happen, this is the National
Tampa Bay trailed twice, but Martin St. Louis’ power-play goal
in the third tied it at 2-all, and Radko Gudas scored in overtime
on a 3-on-1 break.
St. Louis has recorded goals in back-to-back games and three
straight against the Panthers.
Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist for his fifth multi-point
effort of the season. His seven goals are among the most in the
league for defensemen.
“It’s always a lot of fun to contribute on both ends of the
ice,” Hedman said. “From training camp it’s been about five guys on
defense, five guys on offense. The defense got two goals tonight
and we need to keep that going.”
Ben Bishop made 25 saves to win his fourth straight start. He
has a 1.20 goals-against average in that span and could be in net
with a chance to earn his 20th win of the season.
The Panthers (14-18-5) are looking to get back on track after a
5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Friday. They had allowed eight goals during
the five-game win streak.
“For us, it’s the learning, the progress and moving forward in
this situation,” interim coach Peter Horachek told the team’s
official website. “We’re learning how to win. We’re learning how to
handle situations. Even tonight, you’re learning to deal with
adversity. You’re coming in, you’re a little bit tired. You’re in
that situation where they come out strong, they get some calls,
they get some 5-on-3 (situations), so you’re learning from
“This is part of the process where you’re learning to win.”
The Panthers figure to have a streaking goaltender in net. After
giving Jacob Markstrom the start against the Jets, Scott Clemmensen
will likely go for his fifth straight win. He has a 1.47 GAA in the
Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad scored against the Jets, and
they both scored the last time out against the Lightning, a 4-3
Tampa Bay shootout road win Oct. 27. Bjugstad has goals in both of
his career matchups with them.
The Lightning beat the Panthers twice in the first month of the