Florida Panthers, including Brandon Montour (62) and Ryan Lomberg (94), celebrate a goal by Eric Staal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Panthers snap Lightning’s home point streak, Tampa drops game 4-1

The Florida Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night 4-1 at Amalie Arena. Tampa’s home point streak ends at 16 points as three goals were called back in the game: two to goalie interference and one to offsides. The month of February hasn’t treated the Bolts well as they drop to 5-4-3 in games this month.

Panthers Pile Lightning Early

The first twenty minutes had the Panthers name written all over it. They outshot the Lightning 16-4 after the first period and hit the back of the net three times.

Eric Staal deflected a point-shot pass from Josh Mahura that just missed Andrei Vasilevskiy’s glove, putting the Panthers up 1-0. Florida’s second goal came from a misplayed puck along the right boards by the Lightning. Anton Lundell outraced Zach Bogosian and simply beat Vasilevskiy as Lundell buried the puck into the back of the net, 2-0 Panthers.

Nearly 1:41 minutes later, Eetu Luostarinen entered the slot and was left alone to snap in a rebound and make it 3-0.

Three Goals Called Back

The game saw its first of three goals called back as the Panthers almost shoveled in their fourth goal of the game. It was a successful challenge by the Lightning for goalie interference that saved this from being a four-goal game.

In the second period, Nick Perbix had an apparent goal as he backhanded one passed Sergei Bobrovsky coming from deep inside the zone. However, a challenge by the Panthers overturned the goal due to Ian Cole being a foot offsides.

The Lightning found its first successful hope as it cut the Panthers lead to two goals. Captain Steven Stamkos planted himself in the front of the net as a pass from Nikita Kucherov bounced off his stick. The puck found Brayden Point into the back of the net. For Point, that was his 37th goal of the season and 14th on the power play.

As if two goals called back wasn’t enough, the third came in the third period. Stamkos was able to put one in range on a power play. However, a goalie interference call took away the goal.

In the last five seconds of play, the Panthers scored their final goal with an empty netter by Anthony Duclair.

Bobrovsky made 28 saves for the Panthers while Vasilevskiy made 37. The Panthers outshot the Lightning 41-29.

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