Florida at Tampa Bay

Panthers 4, Lightning 3 (SO)

CBSSports.com wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers picked up a character victory.

Stephen Weiss scored in the fourth round of a shootout to help the Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday.

Radek Dvorak scored on a penalty shot, and Dmitry Kulikov and Shawn Matthias also scored in regulation for the Panthers, who stopped a three-game losing streak. Florida went 0 for 4 on the power play and has failed to score in 37 straight opportunities.

"We needed that, probably, more than they did," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "We played some tight games this week and managed to find a way to lose them, so it was an important two points for us. I think the guys wanted to make sure that we worked for 60 minutes to get an opportunity to win the game."

Teddy Purcell, Dana Tyrell and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who have lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

"I thought our effort was there," Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis said. "We gave them a couple of their goals. We didn't make it hard enough for them to get their goals."

Both teams were coming off shutout losses Friday. Tampa Bay was beaten 6-0 by Washington, while the Panthers were blanked 3-0 by the New York Rangers.

"I thought we played really well for 60 minutes, as did they," Weiss said. "We competed back and forth all night."

Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves and stopped all four Lightning attempts in the shootout, while Tampa Bay's Dan Ellis stopped 24 shots.

Florida went up 3-2 on Matthias' goal at 8:31 of third, but Bergenheim pulled the Lightning even with backhand rebound goal with 6:45 left.

Purcell put the Lightning up 1-0 with a power-play goal from the low slot off a pass from Steven Stamkos at 10:21 of the first. Stamkos has 18 assists and 39 points this season.

Tyrell made it 2-0 on a rebound goal with 9:48 left in the second.

Dvorak got the Panthers to 2-1 on a short-handed penalty-shot goal at 12:22 of the second. It ended Florida's goal drought at 130 minutes, 8 seconds.

"That turned the game around, obviously," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.

The Lightning have allowed six short-handed goals this season.

Kulikov tied at 2 from the low right circle 3:08 into the third. He stopped a personal stretch of not scoring a goal in 65 straight games, dating exactly one year to Nov. 27, 2009, against Toronto.

"It's tough when you give up a lead like that," Ellis said. "We've got to bear down and close that game."


Stamkos has at least one point in 20 of 24 games this season. ... Florida D Jason Garrison was back in the lineup after missing two games because of a groin strain. ... Tampa Bay LW Simon Gagne (neck) is still not ready to return and sat out his 18th consecutive game. ... LW David Booth scored on the Panthers' other penalty shot this season, beating Montreal's Carey Price on Oct. 30.

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Florida  (10-11-0) «01201 (1)4
Tampa Bay (13-7-3)11100 (0)3
Three Stars
S. Weiss

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
T. Purcell

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Tyrell

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
10:21Power Play - Teddy Purcell (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stamkos, Malone
10:12 - Dana Tyrell (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ritola, Downie
12:22Short - Radek Dvorak (5), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
03:08 - Dmitry Kulikov (1), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
08:31 - Shawn Matthias (4), Tip-In. Assist: Santorelli
13:15 - Sean Bergenheim (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Purcell, Malone
  - Stephen Weiss (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
01:13Ohlund, 2 min, Elbowing
04:38Weiss, 2 min, Hooking
08:27Weaver, 2 min, High-Sticking
16:43Malone, 2 min, Hooking
02:15Wideman, 2 min, Hooking
07:13Hedman, 2 min, Holding the Stick
07:50Weiss, 2 min, Hooking
10:26Hordichuk, 2 min, Roughing
17:11Moore, 2 min, Slashing
09:23Matthias, 2 min, Hooking
17:20McCabe, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Tomas Vokoun 65:0034340
Dan Ellis 64:5624341
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Referees - Brad Meier, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Pierre Racicot
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