Florida at Tampa Bay

Lightning 2, Panthers 1


TAMPA, Fla. -- Roberto Luongo was outstanding again. However, John Grahame was a little bit better.

Grahame had 28 saves and Fredrik Modin ended Luongo's season-opening shutout streak Saturday night in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Luongo allowed his first goal of the season on Modin's breakaway 55 seconds into the second period that gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. Modin had just completed serving a minor penalty when he picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in on Luongo alone.

"The worst part is he fanned on the shot," Luongo said. "It's frustrating. I committed when he faked the slap shot and then I was in a desperate place. Stuff like that happens though."

Luongo, who hadn't allowed a goal in 148 minutes, 21 seconds dating back to the 2003-04 season, posted 2-0 shutouts over Atlanta and the Lightning in his two previous games this year.

Grahame made a pair of strong saves on low slot shots by Gary Roberts in the second. He also stopped Chris Gratton during a two-on-one early in the third.

Lightning coach John Tortorella wasn't pleased with his team's overall effort in Friday night's loss at Florida. But there was no questioning the defending Stanley Cup champions work ethic one day later.

"I think everybody came out and did a tremendous job," Grahame said. "It's going to be a battle every night and we have to be ready for that."

Martin St. Louis put the Lightning ahead 2-0 during a five-on-three power play with 8:09 left in the third. It was the first point of the season for the 2003-04 NHL scoring champion.

"I just hope it's going to help me get going a little bit," St. Louis said. "I haven't been playing like I can play. I've been fighting it a little bit."

Florida got a power-play goal from Joe Nieuwendyk with 51.8 seconds to play. He also had a scoring chance in the final seconds of play during a goal-mouth scramble, which prompted a video review.

"I took a shot and I don't know where it went," Nieuwendyk said. "He laid down, but I couldn't see if it was behind him or not. Obviously it wasn't."

Tampa Bay dominated the first - outshooting Florida 12-4 - but Luongo kept it scoreless. He made several big saves, including an in-close chance by Tim Taylor. The Lightning were on the power play for 8 minutes, 8 seconds during the first, but finished the period 0-for-5 with the man advantage.


Tampa Bay captain Dave Andreychuk became the seventh player to play in 1,600 NHL games. He joins Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Scott Stevens, Larry Murphy and Ray Bourque. ... Florida D Eric Cairns missed his third consecutive game with an ankle injury. ... Luongo stopped all 73 shots he faced this season before Modin's goal. ... Both teams were 1-for-10 on the power play.

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Three Stars
J. Grahame

Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .966
F. Modin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. St. Louis

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
00:55Fredrik Modin, Wrist Shot - Assists: Cory Sarich and Rob DiMaio
11:51Power Play - Martin St. Louis, Wrist Shot - Assists: Dave Andreychuk and Brad Richards
19:08Power Play - Joe Nieuwendyk, Wrist Shot - Assists: Jozef Stumpel and Olli Jokinen
Penalty Summary
01:52Horton: Hooking - 2 min.
04:13Kwiatkowski: High sticking - 2 min.
06:44DiMaio: Roughing - 2 min.
07:26Jokinen: Interference - 2 min.
07:48Bouwmeester: Hooking - 2 min.
13:10St. Louis: Tripping - 2 min.
17:21Weiss: Hooking - 2 min.
18:47Modin: Holding - 2 min.
03:09Helbling: Hooking - 2 min.
07:40Van Ryn: Interference - 2 min.
14:34Bouwmeester: Cross Check - 2 min.
17:47Sarich: Slashing - 2 min.
04:59Mezei: Interference - 2 min.
07:55Pratt: Tripping - 2 min.
11:26Horton: Hooking - 2 min.
11:26Krajicek: Hooking - 2 min.
14:40Kubina: Delay of Game - 2 min.
17:23Dingman: Holding - 2 min.
17:59Andreychuk: Holding - 2 min.
18:33Gratton: Slashing - 2 min.
19:28Modin: Hooking - 2 min.
Florida4178 29
Tampa Bay121012 34
Attendance - 20933
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Rob Martell, Brad Watson
Line Judges - Jonny Murray, Jay Sharrers
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