One snap of the wrist by Brayden Point was the difference as the Tampa Bay Lightning come back from an early three-goal deficit to beat the Florida Panthers in overtime 5-4 on Saturday night in Sunrise, FL. The Bolts once again found themselves falling behind early and fighting back as the Bolts take the first game of this current three game road trip.
In what seems to be a disturbing trend for the best team in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning once again allowed a team to get the early lead by multiple goals. Frank Vatrano and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers within eleven seconds of each other in the first period to give the Lightning’s in-state rival an early two goal lead. Alex Killorn cut Florida’s lead to 2-1 scoring less than a minute following the second goal for the Panthers as the Lightning were down a goal into the first intermission.
Tampa Bay fell behind by a larger margin half way through the second period as Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov added goals for Florida who built a three-goal lead at 4-1. That’s when the Bolts went to work in the final thirty minutes of the game as they rattled off three goals to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Mathieu Joseph, Nikita Kucherov and Cedric Paquette all scored for Tampa Bay as they rallied behind some great play by Louis Domingue in the closing period.
Tampa Bay capitalized off a questionable interference call in the extra fame and ended the contest on the man advantage as Brayden Point scored his 19th goal of the season as Tampa Bay nets an outstanding 5-4 win in overtime.
Kucherov finished with a three-point night extending his point streak to nine games with a goal and two assists. Louis Domingue finished with 23 saves.
The Lightning will face off with the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at 7:00pm on 970AM WFLA.