February 1, 2013 - Lightning take an early lead, and end it with the score of 8-3. Photos: R. Pitts/ CC Media + Entertainment
Steven Stamkos met with fans during the holidays!
Photots from the Bolts' 4-3 win over Buffalo on October 25th, 2011
by Steve Carney
The goals just keep coming for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Five different Bolts players tallied goals, and Anders Lindback won his third straight start as the Lightning overpowered in-state rival Florida 5-2 Tuesday.
The game was scoreless for the first ten minutes until the Lightning caught a break as B.J. Crombeen and Keaton Ellerby dropped the gloves after a penalty. Crombeen took seven minutes of penalty time, but Ellerby received nine minutes of penalties as well as a ten-minute misconduct, giving the Bolts a power play. Steven Stamkos made it pay off, as his rebound chance off a Vincent Lecavalier shot got past Jose Theodore for a 1-0 lead.
That lead would be short-lived, as Peter Mueller tallied unassisted just 15 seconds later to tie the contest.
Tampa Bay regained the advantage with just over seven minutes to play, as Cory Conacher added his third goal of the year for a 2-1 lead.
The Lightning continued their offensive output early in the second period, as Tom Pyatt redirected a Dana Tyrell centering pass by Theodore to make it 3-1.
Tyrell followed up his first point of 2013 with his first goal of the season twelve minutes later, pushing the lead to 4-1.
Captain Vincent Lecavalier capped the Tampa Bay scoring on the power play, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing setup with a one-timer past Theodore to make it 5-1.
Tomas Fleischmann added a short-handed goal with just under six minutes to play, but the Panthers could get no closer.
Anders Lindback improved to 4-1 on the year, stopping 26 of 28 shots. The Lightning remain atop the Southeast division with a 5-1 record.
Tampa Bay continues their five-game homestand Friday when the Winnipeg Jets come to town.
NOTES:Tyrell's goal was his first since March 19, 2011 against Ottawa.