Smith scores in 3rd to lift Pan­thers over Light­ning 3-1

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Reilly Smith scored the goa­head goal with 4:28 left and Roberto Luongo broke his four-game los­ing streak as the Florida Pan­thers beat the Tampa Bay Light­ning 3-1 on Mon­day night at the BB&T Cen­ter. With the score tied 1-1 and time run­ning out in the third pe­riod, Smith stole the puck in the Tampa Bay end from Light­ning de­fense­man Victor Hed­man. Smith then made a slick stick-han­dling move be­fore beat­ing Light­ning goalie Ben Bishop with a high wrist shot to the stick side just in­side the post. Jonathan Marches­sault scored the first goal for Florida (6-6-1), which won the At­lantic Di­vi­sion last sea­son but started the day in last place. Derek MacKen­zie added an empty-net goal. The Light­ning (7-5-1), which beat Florida 4-3 in a shootout ear­lier this sea­son, could not get its usu­ally high-pow­ered of­fense un­tracked. Luongo, who made 34 saves, had a lot to do with that as he out­played Bishop (28 saves).


Cal Clut­ter­buck com­mem­o­rated his bob­ble­head night by scor­ing the tiebreak­ing goal just be­fore the mid­way point of the third pe­riod as New York beat Van­cou­ver in a bat­tle of slump­ing teams at Bar­clays Cen­ter. On an evening in which the first 10,000 fans re­ceived Clut­ter­buck bob­ble­heads, the right winger out­raced Canucks left winger Loui Eriks­son to put back a re­bound of a Johnny Boy­chuk shot. An­drew Ladd added an in­sur­ance goal-his first since sign­ing a seven-year deal with the Islanders in July — 99 sec­onds later as New York (5-6-2) snapped a three-game los­ing streak (0-1-2) and won for just the sec­ond time in the past seven games (2-32). Ja­son Chimera and Niko­lay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders while goalie Jaroslav Halak had 30 saves. Daniel Sedin and Markus Gran­lund scored for the Canucks, who have lost nine straight.


David Kre­jci and Riley Nash scored their first goals of the sea­son, Tuukka Rask pitched his 32nd ca­reer shutout and the power play woke up to help Bos­ton beat Buf­falo. Two nights af­ter al­low­ing two short-handed goals to the New York Rangers and com­ing in with the same num­ber of power-play goals for and short­handed goals against (three), Brad Marchand, Kre­jci and David Pas­tr­nak struck for power-play goals. Rask, who was shaky in the 5-2 loss to the Rangers, was sharp en route to mak­ing 32 saves, in­clud­ing 14 in the third pe­riod. — Reuters

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