Tampa Bay at Florida

Kolnik, Jokinen record two goals in Panthers' victory


SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers are out of playoff contention, but it was the Tampa Bay Lightning who looked like they had nothing to play for.

Juraj Kolnik and Olli Jokinen each scored two goals to help the Panthers beat the Lightning 6-3 on Sunday.

Nathan Horton and Joe Nieuwendyk also had goals for Florida and Jamie McLennan made 29 saves to notch his second win of the season.

"We forged ahead and came out strong in the third," McLennan said. "We wanted to have a good showing and we did."

Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis tallied goals for Tampa Bay. John Grahame had 41 saves for the Lightning, who remain tied with Montreal at 89 points for the final two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

"We're just not doing enough right now," Tampa Bay's Brad Richards said. "We're not trying to win games, we're just hoping. You can use a lot of fancy words but there's no other way to put it."

Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time to Floirda this season.

"The pressure has been getting to us and we're sitting back and being a little too careful and allowing teams to come to us," said Tampa Bay associate coach Craig Ramsay, who spoke in lieu of head coach John Tortorella. "We had our chances when they weren't on their game early. The third period just opened up."

Kolnik picked up a loose puck in the left circle and his shot went just inside the top corner of the net to put Florida ahead 4-3 with five minutes left in the third. Nieuwendyk's empty net goal with 90 seconds left made the score 5-3. Kolnik added a goal in the last half minute of the game.

"I think we had a really good game," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "This is how our team has been looking the second half of the season. The players should feel good about their performance."

Tampa Bay tied the score 3-all at 9:25 of the third when St. Louis beat McLennan stick side from just in front of the crease.

Florida took a 3-2 lead after Horton's shot from the right circle went over Grahame's left shoulder at 6:49 of the third.

Jokinen's second goal at 5:01 of the third tied the score at two. Kolnik fired a pass from the boards to Jokinen at the corner of the crease and he beat Grahame on the glove side.

"It was a little sloppy in the first period but starting in the second we were solid," Jokinen said. "They had a tough game last night (1-0 win vs. Pittsburgh)and didn't look like they had legs. It was nice to get a win for (McLennan.)

The Lightning took their first lead on their second power-play goal. Prospal's cross-ice feed was picked up by Boyle to the right of the crease. He beat McLennan glove side to make the score 2-1 with 20 seconds left in the second.

Tampa Bay tied the score 1-all during a power play at 15:24 of the second. McLennan blocked a shot but the puck bounced off his glove and Prospal jumped on the rebound from behind the net and poked in the puck.

The Panthers scored first on Jokinen's goal midway through the second. Gary Roberts passed from the left of the crease to Jokinen behind the net. Jokinen came out and pushed the puck past Grahame on a wrap-around.


  • Tampa has lost four straight at Florida and seven of its last eight there.
  • Florida snapped a three-game losing streak.
  • Panthers defenseman Alexei Semenov played for the first time in 30 games.
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Juraj Kolnik is congratulated by teammate Sean Hill (22) after his third-period goal.  (AP)
Juraj Kolnik is congratulated by teammate Sean Hill (22) after his third-period goal. (AP)
Tampa Bay (42-31-5)0213
Florida  (35-34-9) «0156
Three Stars
O. Jokinen

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
J. Kolnik

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
V. Prospal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
10:58Olli Jokinen (35), Wrist Shot - Assists: Gary Roberts and Nathan Horton
15:24Power Play - Vaclav Prospal (24), Tip-In - Assists: Dmitry Afanasenkov and Fredrik Modin
19:20Power Play - Dan Boyle (15), Wrist Shot - Assists: Vaclav Prospal and Dmitry Afanasenkov
05:01Olli Jokinen (36), Snap Shot - Assist: Juraj Kolnik
06:49Nathan Horton (28), Wrist Shot - Assists: Mike Van Ryn and Joe Nieuwendyk
09:25Martin St. Louis (28), Snap Shot - Assists: Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards
14:55Juraj Kolnik (14), Slap Shot - Assist: Sean Hill
18:31Joe Nieuwendyk (22), Empty Net - Assist: Mike Van Ryn
19:22Power Play - Juraj Kolnik (15), Backhand Shot - Assists: Olli Jokinen and Jay Bouwmeester
Penalty Summary
03:54Jackman: Hooking - 2 min.
13:36Sydor: Delaying Game - 2 min.
15:06Sim: Diving - 2 min.
15:06Ranger: Hooking - 2 min.
05:20Boyle: Hooking - 2 min.
07:05Jokinen: Hooking - 2 min.
14:12Roberts: Roughing - 2 min.
18:40Roberts: Cross Check - 2 min.
10:15Van Ryn: Holding - 2 min.
18:47Pratt: Holding - 2 min.
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