Lightning Lead Panthers 4-1 At 2nd Intermission

Lightning Strike Three Times In 2nd Period Lead 4-1 At 2nd Intermission

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers entered the second period tied at 1-1 but the Lightning roared ahead and netted a trio of goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead.

Martin St. Louis had three points in the period (two assists and a goal) to give him 949 career points. With the 949 points he moves ahead of Chris Chelios into 9oth place on the NHLs all-time points leaders rankings.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead at the 3:22 mark of the period when Marty St. Louis sent a pass out to Victor Hedman who found Tyler Johnson who found the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season.

At the 6:48 mark the Panthers were called for a pair of 2-minutes penalties giving the Lightning a five-on-three opportunity. The first penalty was called on Tom Gilbert for hooking and the second was a bench penalty for too many men on the ice. The Lightning took advantage of the five-on-three advantage at the 8:01 mark when Valtteri Filppula scored his 13th goal of the season with assists to Teddy Purcell and Martin St. Louis.

At the 12:07 mark Marty St. Louis got his third point of the period scoring his 16th goal of the season to put the Lightning up 4-1.

Shots On Goal:

The Lightning outshot the Panthers 16 to 12 and now have an advantage in the game of 25 to 23.

Special Teams:

The Lightning penalty kill unit was back at work at the 4:28 mark of the period when Matt Carle was sent off for illegally concealing the puck but the Panthers were unable to score.

The Lightning power play had a 5-3 advantage at the 6:48 mark when Tom Gilbert for hooking and the second was a bench penalty for too many men on the ice.  They had their second opportunity of the game at the 13:04 mark when Alex Petrovic was sent off for hooking. The Lightning took advantage of the five-on-three advantage when Valtteri Filppula scored at the 8:01 mark. The Lightning did not score on their second power play opportunity.

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