|Date of game: 10/9/2014
Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Florida
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Victor Hedman's goal 1:11 into overtime lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in the season opener for both teams.
Ryan Callahan and Tyler Johnson each netted a goal while Valtteri Filppula tallied two assists for the Lightning, who have taken three straight games against Florida in Tampa and 12 of the last 14 meetings overall.
Ben Bishop stopped 19-of-21 shots and added an assist on the game-winner from Hedman.
"I felt good," said Bishop. "It was kind of a tough game, it was hard to get into. I thought our team played well defensively. We have to work on a few things, but it's always good to get that first (win) under your belt."
Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau each scored a goal for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves in the setback.
Scottie Upshall's interference penalty at the end of the third period gave the hosts a power play entering the extra session. During a Florida line change, Bishop sent a pass up the near boards to Hedman, who skated in from the blue line and wristed a shot over the right shoulder of Luongo to win it.
"(We) battled hard," said Luongo. "The guys really worked hard for 60 minutes. We gave ourselves a chance. Unfortunately, the power plays cost us. We have to work on that."
Earlier, in a physical first period, Tampa Bay outshot the vistors 8-3 as both teams headed into intermission scoreless.
The Panthers then opened the scoring 5:03 into the third on Gudbranson's blast from the point. Gudbranson received a pass from Dylan Olsen, following a faceoff win by Derek Mackenzie, and ripped a slap shot past Bishop to give Florida a 1-0 lead.
The Lightning answered just over two minutes later as Filppula sent a pass across ice to Johnson, who one-timed it into the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Some tic-tac-toe passing set up a chance for Tampa early in the third, but Luongo stopped Johnson in front of the crease with a sliding save to keep the game tied. Minutes later, a turnover in the Florida zone saw Callahan one-time a wrist shot right into the chest of Luongo.
Tampa Bay was on a 5-on-3 power play when Filppula put a shot on net and Callahan stuffed in the rebound for a 2-1 lead.
Huberdeau attempted a pass across the crease and Radko Gudas deflected the puck right in front of his net. Huberdeau followed the disc and deposited the loose puck into the back of the net to tie the game with 10:44 remaining in the third.Game Notes
Aaron Ekblad, Florida's first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft,
registered an assist on Huberdeau's tying goal in his NHL debut ...
Hedman assisted on Callahan's tally ... Upshall left the game in the
second after taking a hard hit in the neutral zone but returned later in
the period ... Tampa went 3-for-7 on the power play, while Florida was
scoreless in two chances with the man advantage.