Tampa Bay at Florida

Jokinen ties Panthers' franchise scoring mark in win over Lightning

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Olli Jokinen's record-tying goal provided the lift Florida needed.

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."

Nathan Horton, Ruslan Salei, Stephen Weiss, Richard Zednik and Jozef Stumpel also scored for the Panthers, who handed Tampa Bay its first loss of the season.

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."

Vaclav Prospal had two third-period goals for Tampa Bay, which started the day as one of two unbeaten teams in the league along with Minnesota. Andre Roy and Jan Hlavac had the other Lightning goals.

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."

Notes

  • Tampa Bay D Andreas Karlsson sat out his fourth consecutive game because of an abdominal injury.
  • Tampa Bay D Paul Ranger had an assist for the fourth time in four games.
  • In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Panthers coaches and broadcasters wore pink ties.
  • Tampa Bay's best start came during the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04 when the Lightning began 6-0.
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Olli Jokinen (R) scores a goal and adds two assists, tying him for Florida's all-time scoring lead.  (AP)
Olli Jokinen (R) scores a goal and adds two assists, tying him for Florida's all-time scoring lead. (AP)

Scoreboard
Tampa Bay (3-1-0)0134
Florida  (2-3-0) «3126
Three Stars
O. Jokinen
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
N. Horton
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
V. Prospal
TB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:33Power Play - Nathan Horton (3), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
04:39Rostislav Olesz (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Ruslan Salei, Stephen Weiss
18:57Stephen Weiss (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Nathan Horton
2ND PERIOD
02:34Richard Zednik (1), Tip-In. Assist: Ville Peltonen, Olli Jokinen
02:58Andre Roy (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Craig MacDonald, Shane O'Brien
3RD PERIOD
01:26Power Play - Jozef Stumpel (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Olli Jokinen, Cory Murphy
05:51Power Play - Vaclav Prospal (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards
08:00Vaclav Prospal (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Vincent Lecavalier, Paul Ranger
08:44Jan Hlavac (1), Tip-In. Assist: Brad Richards, Brad Lukowich
12:32Power Play - Olli Jokinen (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Cory Murphy
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:41Ward, 2 min, Hooking
02:33Kuba, 2 min, Hooking
08:49Peltonen, 2 min, Interference
11:05Van Ryn, 2 min, Holding
17:21Roy, 2 min, Tripping
17:21O'Brien, 5 min, Fighting
17:21Campbell, 5 min, Fighting
18:26Jokinen, 2 min, Hooking
19:55McLean, 2 min, Delaying Game
2ND PERIOD
04:48Van Ryn, 2 min, Hooking
17:04Welch, 2 min, Holding
19:53MacDonald, 2 min, Delay of Game
3RD PERIOD
19.0Richards, 2 min, Delaying Game
04:20Peltonen, 2 min, Hooking
11:02Kuba, 2 min, Hooking
11:37Lukowich, 2 min, Tripping
13:40Gratton, 2 min, Roughing
18:32McLean, 2 min, Tripping
18:38Prospal, 2 min, Hooking
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123T
Tampa Bay13171444
Florida146828
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Marc Denis35:33112
Johan Holmqvist22:09114
Tomas Vokoun59:51404
Game Information
Attendance - 15801
Referees - Paul Devorski, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Tony Sericolo
 
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