Final SO

Series (Game 2 of 6)

Florida leads 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 16th
Game 2: Saturday, November 27th
Game 3: Friday, January 21st
Game 4: Saturday, February 19th
Game 5: Saturday, March 12th
Game 6: Friday, April 8th

Panthers 4

(10-12-0, 20 pts)

Lightning 3

(13-8-3, 29 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 27, 2010

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 SO T
FLA 0 1 2 14
TB 1 1 1 03

S. Weiss (Panthers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

T. Purcell (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Tyrell (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Panthers-Lightning Preview


Tampa Bay equaled its worst defeat of the season in its most recent game. The other came against the Florida Panthers.

The Lightning look to bounce back from their first defeat in almost two weeks and avenge an earlier loss to the Panthers on Saturday night.

Looking to win six in a row for the first time since 2004, Tampa Bay (13-8-2) was hardly competitive during Friday's 6-0 loss at Washington in a matchup of the top two teams in the Southeast Division.

The Lightning, who averaged 4.4 goals during their five-game winning streak, managed 17 shots while losing for the first time since Nov. 14.

"There's nothing more to say," said star forward Steven Stamkos, who leads the NHL with 21 goals but was held without a point for the second time in 11 games.

The result was the Lightning's worst effort since they fell by the same score at Florida on Oct. 16.

"Everything we've normally been doing, we didn't do," coach Guy Boucher told the Lightning's official website. "It would be easy for me to start criticizing our players but I have a lot of respect for our players. I don't want to start pointing fingers and saying things I don't really mean."

Returning home to face the Panthers (9-12-0) could provide enough motivation to help the Lightning rebound. Florida's October victory was its fourth in six games against Tampa Bay.

However, the Lightning beat Florida 4-3 in a shootout in their last meeting at the St. Pete Times Forum on April 10. Stamkos had two goals with an assist in that contest, giving him four goals in his last four games against the Panthers.

Tampa Bay's Dan Ellis was replaced by Mike Smith after giving up three goals on 15 shots at Florida last month. Ellis entered the game Friday after Smith allowed four goals on 18 shots.

Smith, who had a 2.14 goals-against average while winning his previous four contests, is 3-4-2 with a 3.23 GAA against the Panthers. Ellis, meanwhile, is 3-1-0 with a 2.76 GAA versus Florida.

The Panthers also were shut out in their last game, 3-0 to the New York Rangers on Friday. Florida has totaled three goals while losing three in a row and has failed to score in 33 straight power-play chances.

"Until we start scoring, it's a pretty valid point (to talk about)," Panthers forward Chris Higgins said. "We've just got to keep pushing. What are you going to do?"

Another meeting with the Lightning could help jump-start the Panthers' offense, though they'll likely need David Booth to get back on track.

The veteran forward had two goals with an assist against Tampa Bay, but has three in 17 games since that contest.

Mike Santorelli has a team-leading six goals but has been held without a point in his last three games.

Florida's Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots versus Tampa Bay last month, and has a 1.33 GAA during a three-game winning streak against the Lightning.