Steven Stamkos and Mathieu Garon played pivotal roles as the Lightning swept back-to-back games against the Panthers.
Stamkos had two goals and an assist, Garon made 24 saves and Tampa Bay beat the Panthers 5-1 on Saturday night.
Martin St. Louis, Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone also scored for the Lightning, who were coming off a 2-1 overtime victory at Florida on Friday night.
Garon stopped four shots by former Lightning left wing Sean Bergenheim during the opening period. The goalie turned aside 23 shots in Friday’s victory over the Panthers.
Tampa Bay took control during the second when goals by Pyatt, Stamkos and Malone made it 4-0. Stamkos got his second of the game and 14th of the season in the final minute of play.
Stamkos scored Friday’s winner in overtime.
The Southeast Division-leading Panthers, who went 0 for 6 on the power play, got a late third-period goal from Shawn Matthias. Florida had won three in a row before the consecutive losses to Tampa Bay.
Pyatt gave Tampa Bay a two-goal lead at 3:49 of the second when he made a nifty move at the blue line to get by Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson and then beat goalie Jacob Markstrom on a back-hander. The goal stopped Pyatt’s personal 21-game goal drought, dating to March 20 against Minnesota.
After Stamkos scored at 6:02, the Lightning took a 4-0 lead on Malone’s rebound goal with 9:25 left in the period.
“We’re just utilizing our speed, and we have confidence right now,” Stamkos said. “When you get confidence, good things happen.”
Stamkos has 12 goals and 10 assists in 22 games against Florida.
St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 from in close 2:07 into the first. It was his 300th goal with Tampa Bay. St. Louis has 304 goals overall, including four with Calgary from 1998-2000.
“I’m proud of it,” St. Louis said. “I’m proud to say that I’ve been on the same team for 11 years. If you told me 11 years ago I’d score 300 goals, I would have paid money for that.” St. Louis added with a smile that he would have taken simply playing 300 shifts when he first joined the Lightning. “Quite an impressive individual,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.
Goalies Matchup: Garon v Markstrom
3 Stars: Marty St. Louis, Nate Thompson, and Mathieu Garon
And I finally got the Tesla Coils during the three stars, I LOVE these things!
And, sights on the drive down, cool ride, and, game shots.
And it kept changing shapes and colors. We were zooming down I-75 and this was along for the ride
Markstrom peeping at his competition during warm ups
The Bug rocking his Movember mustache
I like being the thunder!
A few of the new tesla coils. TBL has rules about lenses like mine if you aren’t an official photographer, so I had to take a shortie this time and it can’t handle game shots as well, but I did my best.
I love that they pass the Flag along during the anthem
Even Santa loves hockey
Connolly bringing it in for a pass……….wait for it…….
I like that Garon does the skate around during every down time like Moose does
Get ready Markstrom. Here comes the Bolts
Garon says “NO”
Garon tracking the puck up and over his net
Jersey foul! Who is JJ? I’m not a fan of altering jerseys, they should only be players names….just my opinion
Markstrom says NO and get your big butt out of my net
Markstrom banked this one off his pad
Bug entertaining during intermission while the little peeps played hockey
The Lightning photographer uploading during intermission
The “Family” sedan of zamboni’s
Another goal. Can’t see the puck, but it’s in there!
The boys come in for their celebratory fist bump
Garon keeping an eye on things
And another of 5 goals
Garon makes the save
Check the puck on Garon’s stick……again…NO
Get ready, Markstrom, there’s another coming your way
Our first “Meet and Greet”
Garon getting refreshments
Cookie Monster was in the house. Sadly they didn’t circle all the way around so I could get him from the front
Stammer working the puck around for his goal
Marty is on the move
Mayhem in Markstrom’s kitchen
He stopped it in his right pad
I liked their little hats and jerseys
The lone goal of the night for Panthers
Time to Celebrate
The “West Plaza” at St. Pete Times Forum. Before games, there’s a band out here, lots going on, and we park on the top level of the garage above the “Go Bolts” sign, which overlooks downtown Tampa and Tampa Cruise port
Sulpher Springs Historic Water Tower! http://www.tampapix.com/watertower.htm
Couldn’t be quite sure what this guy was
I love the moss in the trees in Florida
Loving the sweet ride!
JB says “God Bless Hockey”. We miss our Atlanta Thrashers Ice Girls