ReCat: Lightning Strikes

This game had everything, but in the end, the Bolts earned two points.

On Tuesday night at the Amalie Center in Tampa Bay, Florida, the Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-3 in the shootout.

After a scoreless first period, Colton Sceviour buried his second marker of the year on a two-on-one, shorthanded breakaway 2:38 into the second period, with an assist to Derek MacKenzie (see below). Alex Killorn (3) rung the answering bell four minutes later to tie it up, and the Bolts took the lead with four minutes remaining in the frame on an Ondrej Palat marker.

Vincent Trocheck lit the lamp with the equalizer five minutes into the third, smacking a loose puck past a befuddled Ben Bishop for his second goal of the season.

Michael Matheson racked up his first career goal with four minutes remaining in regulation, only to see the lead erased with just six seconds left on a Steven Stamkos goal.

The extra period would see the Panthers survive another power play, of the four-on-three variety after Jaromir Jagr was called for tripping halfway through. Incredibly, the Panthers have allowed just ONE SHOT ON GOAL through three games on the penalty kill.

The shootout appeared to end after Vincent Trocheck whiffed on the puck in the third round, but after further review was awarded the goal. Rookie Brayden Point ended things in the sixth round on his first career shootout attempt.

Check back here in the morning for Todd’s patented A.M. recap. In the meantime, GO CATS!