Lightning Win Despite Stamkos Injury
Tampa took care of business against the Detroit Red Wings, winning 4-3 for their second win in two nights. Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game to break a 3-3 tie with 1:10 remaining in the third period.
Panthers Edge Canadiens in OT
The 4-3 win is only the Panthers second road victory to date. Ekblad said it was a good win for the team in what was the first of four games away from home for Florida.
Denis Malgin(4), Kyle Rau(2) and Alex Petrovic(1) accounted for the three goals prior to the decisive score by Ekblad(3). Roberto Luongo made 34 saves on 37 shots. He made 21 of the 34 saves in the second period. The Panthers win handed Montreal their first home loss of the year. They had won ten straight.
The Panthers and Lightning are both back on the road on Thursday night. Tampa Bay will take on the struggling Buffalo Sabres(5-7-4) and Florida will stay in Canada to face the Toronto Maple Leafs(7-6-3). The Tampa Bay game will start at 7 and the Florida game will start at 7:30 p.m.