TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored and led a balanced attack that included targets from six avid gamers, and the Florida Panthers gained on Central Division-leading Tampa Bay with a 6-4 victory over the Lightning on Monday evening.
Florida won two of the three video games between the teams in a 5-day span and pulled within a point of the Lightning in the standings.
Aleksander Barkov, Anton Stralman, Owen Tipppett, Anthony Duclair and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida, which recorded its first win in Tampa Bay since March 26. 2016, a span of eight video games.
“Going into the season and the quantity of video games you’re playing against one one more. It’s going to be a valid speed at some stage in,” Stralman said. “It’s a valid response for our team and taking four points out of six. It’s big for our team.’’
Chris Driedger finished with 27 saves and Florida improved to 4-0 in video games following a loss this season.
Alex Volkov scored twice for Tampa Bay, which had its six-sport dwelling winning plug halted. Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning. Curtis McElhinney made 15 saves in his second begin of the season.
Stamkos, merit in the lineup after missing the two earlier video games, scored his team-leading eight of the season to put Tampa Bay in front at 6: 24 of the first length. Ondrej Palat won the puck beneath the goal line and found Erik Cernak in the slot. Cernak fed a pass to Stamkos, who dropped to a knee for a one-timer.
The lead didn’t final long as Huberdeau pulled the Panthers even 1: 32 later. McElhinney left the crease to play the puck as it moved at some point of the boards, however it slowed down coming at some point of the bench and McElhinney became beaten to the puck by Patric Hornqvist, who fed Huberdeau alone in front of the vacated make a selection up for his fifth of the season.
The Panthers began to drag away in the second length with three targets in 5: 24.
Tippett finished off a wrong-ice pass from Eetu Luostarinen after a turnover by Jan Rutta at 4: 59. Vatrano converted a penalty shot at 8: 39 to supply him targets in three consecutive video games earlier than Duclair finished a wrap spherical at 10: 23 for a 4-1 lead.
“They didn’t attain anything, genuinely, to us,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “It became all self-inflicted. Adore the first one, self-inflicted. The second one, self-inflicted. We had beefy control of the puck and we correct hand it over to them. The third and fourth one, we turned it over on the blue line, self-inflicted. Monstrous.’’
Volkov minimize the deficit to two targets with a wrist shot from the left dot at 11: 42, but Barkov answered that 54 seconds later with his fifth of the season and 420th profession point, passing Olli Jokinen for second region on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
The Lightning pulled within one again on targets by Volkov and Johnson in a 48-second span. Volkov netted his second of the game after Pat Maroon’s backhander glanced off Volkov’s stick at 15: 50, and Johnson finished off a Joseph pass on a 2-on-1 with 3: 22 left in the second length.
Stralman scored his first of the season 59 seconds into the third length to regain a two-goal lead for Florida.
“They had the entire momentum,” Florida head coach Joel Quenneville said. “We stabilized it a tiny bit with that (penalty) abolish in the third. Astronomical goal (from Stralman), down Main Avenue with a considerable shot. We bought our composure merit.’’
CENTER OUT: Florida will be without C Noel Acciari for the beefy freeway time out after head coach Joel Quenneville introduced Acciari suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury. Acciari, who scored 20 targets in 66 video games final season, has yet to register a point through 12 video games this season.
ROSTER SHUFFLING: With Lightning C Anthony Cirelli out week to week, Tampa Bay recalled forwards Alex Barre-Boulet and Ross Colton from Syracuse of the American Hockey League and assigned them to the taxi squad. In addition, G Spencer Martin became transferred from the taxi squad to Syracuse, whereas D Cal Foote became transferred from the lively roster to the taxi squad.
Florida: At Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay: At Dallas Stars on Thursday.
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