Florida at Tampa Bay

McCabe hits two goals, Horton nets shootout winner for Panthers


TAMPA, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers are finding ways to win. The same can't be said for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bryan McCabe scored twice in regulation and Nathan Horton had the lone goal in a shootout for the Panthers, who beat Tampa Bay 4-3 on Tuesday.

Tomas Vokoun made 49 saves, and David Booth added a goal for Florida, which has won three of four following a six-game losing streak.

"We got some great goaltending," McCabe said. "We were lucky. The score didn't quite dictate how we played. We were up 3-0, but they were outshooting us and outchancing us."

Tampa Bay, which trailed by three goals in the second period, tied it at 3 when Steve Eminger snapped a 63-game, goal-scoring drought with 2:51 left in the third.

"That's a game right there that we're going to build on," said Lightning goalie Mike Smith, who stopped 33 shots. "Just shows how we can play when we play with passion."

Radim Vrbata and Evgeny Artyukhin also scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost five in a row -- including two straight in shootouts -- under interim coach Rick Tocchet.

Tocchet replaced Barry Melrose, who was fired last Friday after he went 5-7-4 in 16 games in his first season with the team.

McCabe put the Panthers up 1-0 from the high slot at 7:50 of the first. Booth made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 16.3 seconds left in the period.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead when McCabe scored during a power play from near the blue line at 7:48 of the second.

Vrbata got the Lightning within 3-1 at 14:42 of the second, scoring for the first time in 34 games.

Steven Stamkos, the first overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, assisted on Vrbata's goal to end a stretch of eight games without a point. The rookie had nine shots.

"It's just one of those nights where when you're not winning, those games seem to slip by," Stamkos said. "We need to find a way to change that. I thought it was our best game in a while."

Artyukhin cut Tampa Bay's deficit to 3-2 at 3:44 of the third. It was his first goal since Feb. 9, a span of 39 games.

Tampa Bay's 52 shots set a team record. The old mark was 51, which came in a 2-1 loss to Florida on Jan. 17, 2004.

"Obviously, we got to be tighter, but we won the game," Vokoun said. "We've been a fragile team. We've had some tough times, and the win is as important as anything in this game."


  • Eminger also had two assists.
  • Panthers LW Cory Stillman didn't play due to concussion-related symptoms. He had played the previous two games after missing three straight after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 2.
  • Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone (lower body) missed his fourth consecutive game. He has resumed skating.
  • Panthers centers Stephen Weiss (groin) and Gregory Campbell (hand) were in the lineup. Both had an assist.
  • McCabe has scored all three of his goals this season against Tampa Bay.
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Martin St. Louis has good speed on his shootout approach, but Tomas Vokoun denies him the shot. (AP)
Martin St. Louis has good speed on his shootout approach, but Tomas Vokoun denies him the shot. (AP)
Florida  (7-9-1) «21001 (1)4
Tampa Bay (5-7-6)01200 (0)3
Three Stars
T. Vokoun

Saves: 49
Save Pct.: .942
S. Stamkos

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
S. Eminger

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
07:50Bryan McCabe (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Campbell, Dvorak
19:43Power Play - David Booth (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Zednik, Weiss
07:48Power Play - Bryan McCabe (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Horton, Bouwmeester
14:42Radim Vrbata (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Eminger, Stamkos
03:44Evgeny Artyukhin (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lecavalier, Eminger
17:09Steve Eminger (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Artyukhin, Jokinen
 Nathan Horton (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
03:05Artyukhin, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
14:33Lecavalier, 2 min, Holding
18:24Ranger, 2 min, Tripping
01:15Bouwmeester, 2 min, Hooking
06:35Eminger, 2 min, Hooking
22.0Campbell, 2 min, Boarding
04:51Krajicek, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay16211350
Tomas Vokoun 64:1549330
Mike Smith 64:2733321
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Tampa Bay0-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 16176
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Brad Kovachik
Other Games
Mon 1 Final
Car 2
Min 2 Final
Pitt 1
Chi 3 Final
Pho 2
Edm 7 Final
Colu 2
Colo 1 Final
Cal 4