Jokinen had a goal and two assists to tie Scott Mellanby for Florida's career scoring lead in the Panthers' 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
"Before the season, I knew the stats," said Jokinen, who has 156 goals and 198 assists for 354 points in seven season with Florida. "But the main thing is we got two points."
Florida built a 5-1 lead in the third period, but Tampa Bay rallied to close to 5-4 with 8:44 left. Jokinen answered with a goal on a 5-on-3 power play to seal the victory.
"It's a huge goal, put us back up by two," said Horton. "He's a special player and we're lucky to have him here."
Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves for the Panthers.
"All the credit goes to Vokoun," Jokinen said. "He made some huge saves there."
Tampa Bay goalie Johan Holmqvist was pulled after Zednik's goal made it 4-0 at 2:34 of the second period. Holmqvist gave up four goals on 15 shots.
Florida is now 8-1 against Tampa Bay at the BankAtlantic Center since the start of the 2005-06 season.
"We don't play as well as we should (there), that's for sure," said Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier, who had two assists. "But we have to stop thinking that when we come here we don't play well. That's not the way we should approach the game."
Stumpel gave Florida a four-goal cushion at 1:26 of the third on a 5-on-3 power play when he redirected Jokinen's wrist shot from the point.
Prospal started Tampa's rally. He made it 5-2 at 5:51 with a power-play goal when he completed a beautiful passing sequence by tapping in Vincent Lecavalier's cross-ice pass.
"I thought we had them when it was 5-4," said Lightning coach John Tortorella. "We had the opportunity to come back and we took another penalty. We need to get our discipline down to win in this league."
The Lightning then scored twice in 44 seconds to make it a one-goal game. Prospal scored on a short wrist shot before Hlavac one-timed Brad Richards' pass from behind the net at 8:44.
Florida grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game on goals by Horton and Salei, and took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission after Weiss scored at 18:57.
"We learned a lesson again tonight," Jokinen said. "We can't relax against a good team, even if we have a four- or five-goal lead."
|Olli Jokinen (R) scores a goal and adds two assists, tying him for Florida's all-time scoring lead. (AP)|
|Tampa Bay (3-1-0)||0||1||3||4|
|Florida (2-3-0) «||3||1||2||6|
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|02:33||Power Play - Nathan Horton (3), Slap Shot, Unassisted.|
|04:39||Rostislav Olesz (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Ruslan Salei, Stephen Weiss|
|18:57||Stephen Weiss (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Nathan Horton|
|02:34||Richard Zednik (1), Tip-In. Assist: Ville Peltonen, Olli Jokinen|
|02:58||Andre Roy (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Craig MacDonald, Shane O'Brien|
|01:26||Power Play - Jozef Stumpel (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Olli Jokinen, Cory Murphy|
|05:51||Power Play - Vaclav Prospal (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards|
|08:00||Vaclav Prospal (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Vincent Lecavalier, Paul Ranger|
|08:44||Jan Hlavac (1), Tip-In. Assist: Brad Richards, Brad Lukowich|
|12:32||Power Play - Olli Jokinen (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Cory Murphy|
|01:41||Ward, 2 min, Hooking|
|02:33||Kuba, 2 min, Hooking|
|08:49||Peltonen, 2 min, Interference|
|11:05||Van Ryn, 2 min, Holding|
|17:21||Roy, 2 min, Tripping|
|17:21||O'Brien, 5 min, Fighting|
|17:21||Campbell, 5 min, Fighting|
|18:26||Jokinen, 2 min, Hooking|
|19:55||McLean, 2 min, Delaying Game|
|04:48||Van Ryn, 2 min, Hooking|
|17:04||Welch, 2 min, Holding|
|19:53||MacDonald, 2 min, Delay of Game|
|19.0||Richards, 2 min, Delaying Game|
|04:20||Peltonen, 2 min, Hooking|
|11:02||Kuba, 2 min, Hooking|
|11:37||Lukowich, 2 min, Tripping|
|13:40||Gratton, 2 min, Roughing|
|18:32||McLean, 2 min, Tripping|
|18:38||Prospal, 2 min, Hooking|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 15801|
|Referees - Paul Devorski, Chris Rooney|
|Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Tony Sericolo|