SUNRISE, Florida (AP)—Mike Lundin(notes) scored 3:21 into overtime, leading the
Tampa Bay Lightning over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night.
Simon Gagne(notes) also scored for the Lightning, who improved to 3-1-1 this
preseason and 12-3-3 over the last three years.
Jason Garrison(notes) had goal for Florida, which dropped its second consecutive
game after winning its first three.
Goalie Mike Smith(notes) made 29 saves in his first start of the preseason for
Tampa Bay breaking his finger during practice Sept. 20.
Tomas Vokoun(notes) stopped 40 shots for Florida. He helped the Panthers kill off
eight Tampa Bay power plays. Florida is now 32 for 32 in penalty killing this
The teams meet Saturday night in Tampa in the preseason finale for both.
Florida was playing its first preseason game at home. The Panthers were
scheduled to play host to Carolina on Wednesday night, but the game was canceled
because of tropical storm Nicole.
Lundin’s winner came while the teams were playing 3 on 3 following
unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Roy(notes) and Florida’s Cory
Gagne scored his third goal of the preseason at 8:24 of the second period
off a 2-on-1 with Vincent Lecavalier(notes). Vokoun stopped Gagne’s redirect of
Lecavalier’s pass, but Gagne’s backhanded off the rebound trickled over his
Garrison tied at 14:35 of the third period when he put his own rebound past