Pan­thers fall in OT af­ter blow­ing 4-1 lead

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - Sports - By Paul Ger­effi

SUN­RISE – Bray­den Point scored a power-play goal 3:12 into over­time and the Tampa Bay Light­ning over­came a 4-1 deficit to beat the Florida Pan­thers 5-4 on Satur­day night.

Point took a pass from Nikita Kucherov across the front of the crease to the left side and flipped it past James Reimer. Tampa Bay im­proved to 19-7-1, a point ahead of Toronto for the over­all NHL lead.

Kucherov had a goal and two as­sists, and Cedric Pa­que­tte, Mathieu Joseph and Alex Kil­lorn also scored. Louis Domingue made 24 saves, and Steven Stamkos recorded an as­sist to help the Light­ning im­prove to 3-0 against the Pan­thers this season.

Ev­genii Dadonov and Jonathan Hu­berdeau each had a goal and an as­sist, and Frank Va­trano and Alek­sander Barkov also scored for the Pan­thers. Reimer stopped 34 shots.

The Pan­thers have gone to over­time in four of their past five games.

The Light­ning tied it 4 on a goal cred­ited to Pa­que­tte. With traf­fic in front of the crease, the puck bounced off the skate of Florida’s Dry­den Hunt and into the net with 8:19 left in the third.

The Light­ning trailed 4-1 in the sec­ond be­fore mount­ing their come­back.

Joseph cut it to 4-2 when he one-timed a pass from Kucherov at 13 min­utes of the sec­ond.

Kucherov’a shot from the right cir­cle dur­ing a power play made it 4-3 with a minute left in the sec­ond.

Hu­berdeau stretched the Pan­thers lead to 3-1 on a break­away af­ter he beat Domingue from in front 2:11 into the sec­ond. Hu­berdeau has eight points over the past four games.

Dadonov’s power-play goal dur­ing a 5-on-3 put the Pan­thers ahead 4-1. Keith Yan­dle passed from the slot to Dadonov to the right of the crease and poked in the puck at 8:04 of the sec­ond. Yan­dle recorded his 400th NHL as­sist on the play.

The Pan­thers scored two goals in 11 sec­onds to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Va­trano’s shot from above the right cir­cle beat Domingue at 10:23 to make the score 1-0.

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