User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Panthers 2, Lightning 7
Line Movements
Date: October 10, 2013 7:30 PM EDT
  

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos stopped worrying about not a scoring goal over an extended period.

On Thursday night, the Tampa Bay star showed why.

Stamkos had three goals and an assist, Valtteri Filppula added two goals, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 7-2 on Thursday night.

Advertisement

Stamkos, second in the NHL with 29 goals during the abbreviated 2012-13 season, stopped a five-game goal drought dating back to last season.

``To be completely honest, I think this might have been the first time that I didn't (worry),' Stamkos said.

``Usually I do. If I don't score one game, sometimes you have trouble sleeping, thinking what you should have done. I just kind of had an eerie feeling that tonight was going to be a good night.'

Stamkos completed his sixth career hat trick on a one-timer from the top of the left circle during a power play at 12:25 of the third.

``He scores when he get opportunties,' Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. ``It's a lot nicer having him on your team than playing against him.'

Martin St. Louis added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won three in a row after a season-opening loss at Boston. Bishop made 19 saves and improved to 3-0 on the season.

Florida, which lost three of four during a season-opening road trip, got goals from Brad Boyes and Jonathan Huberdeau.

``We didn't respond well to pressure,' Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. ``When they pressured our players, instead of responding to that, understanding that it was coming, I think it created turmoil for us.'

Filppula scored consecutive third-period goals to give the Lightning a 6-2 lead.

St. Louis, playing at home for the first time since being selected team captain earlier this month, made it 1-0 off a pass through the slot by Stamkos 8:13 into the game.

St. Louis has 917 points, which moved him past Bobby Orr (915) into 94th place on the NHL all-time list.

``I don't think it's something that you think about when you start your career,' St. Louis said. ``A pretty special player that I get to pass.'

St. Louis' goal marked the first time this season that Tampa Bay took a lead during regulation. The Lightning's other two victories came in overtime and a shootout after third-period comebacks.

Stamkos put the Lightning up 2-0 when he beat goalie Jacob Markstrom for a short-handed goal at 13:54 of the first. It was Tampa Bay's first short-handed goal since Ryan Malone scored one on March 26, 2012.

``You know they're dynamic,' Dineen said of Stamkos and St. Louis. ``You know that if one guy has the puck, he's looking for the other guy, that they're really highly skilled players, but more than anything, they work as hard as anybody in the league. If you don't match that, if you don't have 100 percent buy-in and effort to try to contain them, you're going to get lit up like we did tonight.'

Boyes got the Panthers within 2-1 on a power-play goal 59 seconds into the second. Florida had failed to convert on its previous 17 man-advantage opportunities this season.

Tampa Bay went up 3-1 when Stamkos scored from the right circle with 8:21 left in the second. Ondrej Palat added a late second-period goal.

Huberdeau, last season's Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year, scored his first goal in nine games early in the third.

NOTES: Florida G Tim Thomas (groin) said he felt ``better' after skating and taking some shots Thursday. Dineen said it's very doubtful that Thomas, who was hurt Tuesday at Philadelphia, will be ready for Friday's home opener. ... Panthers C Shawn Matthias played after missing the morning skate due to flulike symptoms. ... Markstrom was pulled midway through the third after allowing six goals on 24 shots.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 FLA  +155      5.5 
 TAM  -175      
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 FLA  +157      5.5 
 TAM  -180      
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 FLA  15%   11%   90% 
 TAM  85%   89%   10% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NHL RECAPS
 Thursday, Oct 10
 
    Hurricanes at Capitals
7:05 PM EDT
    Avalanche at Bruins
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jackets at Sabres
7:05 PM EDT
    Panthers at Lightning
7:35 PM EDT
    Coyotes at Red Wings
7:35 PM EDT
    Maple Leafs at Predators
8:05 PM EDT
    Jets at Wild
8:05 PM EDT
    Canadiens at Oilers
9:35 PM EDT
    Rangers at Ducks
10:05 PM EDT
    Sharks at Canucks
10:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest