Sunrise, Fla. (CBS) Dwayne Roloson provided the spark the Lightning needed to win 4-3 in a penalty shootout, overcoming a three-goal deficit against the Florida Panthers.
Mathieu Garon allowed three goals in the first period, but Roloson got in the net and stopped 29 shots, including four big saves in the shootout to complete the improbable win.
The Bolts are in second place behind the Washington Capitals in the Southeast division, and continue to perform well after losing their first five games of the season.
Tampa Bay has struggled late in games this season, but Sunday’s win is a great reminder for every team that a game is never over until it’s over.
Ryan Malone struck first with a rebound, power play goal on a shot from the perimeter to make it 3-1. Steven Stamkos scored his 10th goal of the season from an assist by defenseman Matt Gilroy, and is now tied for the league lead in goals scored.
Eight minutes into the third period, Teddy Purcell scored on a scramble around the Panther net to tie the game at three and send it to overtime.
Dominic Moore scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Roloson put up a wall that seemed impenetrable.
A come-from-behind win on the road against their Florida foe should give the Lightning confidence to win more games on the road. Their play at the St. Pete Times Forum has been nearly flawless, but a majority of their mistakes have been made on the road.
Guy Boucher should be proud of his team, but he shouldn’t get to complacent with the Philadelphia Flyers heading into town on Wednesday.