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NHL: Point’s Two Goals Lead Lightning Over Panthers in OT

By MIKE BONTS
Florida Sports Wire

SUNRISE – The Tampa Bay Lightning (2-3-0) rallied to defeat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime Friday night in Sunrise to earn its second win of the season.

Brayden Point scored the game-tying goal with 10:31 remaining in regulation and the overtime game-winner on a 4-on-3 power play 2:08 into the extra session.

Tampa Bay scored the game’s opening goal on a power-play.

Steven Stamkos ripping a one-timer from the left circle to put the Lightning in front 1-0 at 13:04. Stamkos netted his seventh goal overall this season and fifth on the power play, both totals leading the NHL.

Newly acquired Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk tipped in a puck at the net to tie the game 1-1 at 15:48 of the first. Tkachuk registered two points for the second consecutive game and third time in his past four outings.

Florida took the lead 2-1 at 15:37 of the second period after Rudolfs Balcers scored his second goal of the season.

“I feel good. I love the team, I love the atmosphere, and the room, and the bench. Playing in this building is fun. It’s nice to contribute and score some goals [but] unfortunately we didn’t get the win today,” Balcers said.

Tampa Bay tied the game 2-2 at 9:29 of the third period as Point tipped a Nikita Kucherov shot past Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

“They’re a good team. It’s a team that’s fun to play against- the rivalry.  I thought it was a tight game, good game. Unfortunately, we didn’t have wo points, but we still got one and we keep building our game,” added Bobrovsky.

Florida outshot the Lightning 37-32, including an 18-8 advantage in the first period.

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves on 37 shots to improve to 2-2-0 this season. Bobrovsky finished with 29 saves.

“A lot of good things we can build off in our game. We have to play with an energy, and we are still learning how to do that,” said Florida head coach Paul Maurice.

Power Players – Tampa Bay has scored multiple power-play goals twice this season, both coming in the last two contests. Tampa Bay has scored a power-play goal in each of their first five games to begin the 2022-23 regular season. The Lightning have scored seven of their 13 goals this season on the power play.

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