TAMPA, Fla. – Mike Santorelli scored the tying goal with 3 minutes left in the third period and added the lone shootout goal to lead the Florida Panthers past the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.
David Booth also scored for Florida, and backup Scott Clemmensen stopped 34 shots in regulation and all three he faced during the shootout. The Panthers have played 35 one-goal games (15-13-7) this season, including 17 of their last 19 contests.
Marc-Andre Bergeron and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Lightning, who have lost three in a row and are 5-4-1 during a 12-game homestand.
Bergenheim had given Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead from the low slot just 14 seconds into the third, but Santorelli tied it on a power-play rebound goal with 3 minutes left.
Bergeron scored from the top of the right circle to put the Lightning up 1-0 at 4:45 of the first. Martin St. Louis assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to six games (seven assists).
Dan Ellis stopped a first-period shot during a breakaway by Booth, who later tied it at 1 with a five-on-three power-play goal 24 seconds into the second.
Clemmensen made a point-blank save on St. Louis, who has not scored a goal in his last nine games, midway through the second.
Tampa Bay got a scare 8 minutes into the game when Steven Stamkos, the NHL's goal-scoring leader with 40, was shaken up after being sent into the end boards by Florida defenseman Mike Weaver, who received a two-minute boarding penalty. The Lightning center skated off the ice after a couple minutes and returned later in the period.
Notes: Stamkos has gone five consecutive games without scoring a goal. ... Tampa Bay D Eric Brewer, acquired in a trade Friday from St. Louis, made his Lightning debut. ... Florida, which lost 4-3 to Detroit on Friday night, rested No. 1 goalie Tomas Vokoun. ... Lightning G Dwayne Roloson also got the night off. ... Tampa Bay D Mattias Ohlund has not scored a goal in his last 120 games, dating to April 7, 2009, against Calgary.