Final

Series (Game 7 of 8)

Florida leads 5-3

Game 1: Friday, October 13th
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Game 2: Saturday, October 14th
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Game 3: Wednesday, November 22nd
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Game 4: Saturday, February 17th
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OT
Panthers5
Game 5: Tuesday, February 20th
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SO
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Game 6: Saturday, March 3rd
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Game 7: Tuesday, March 27th
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Game 8: Friday, April 6th
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Panthers 5

(32-30-14, 78 pts)

Lightning 2

(41-32-4, 86 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 27, 2007

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
FLA 0 3 25
TB 0 1 12

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

E. Belfour (Panthers - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .931

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Jokinen's goal, 2 assists power Panthers past Bolts

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Seeking a share of first place in the Southeast Division, the Tampa Bay Lightning instead ended up with a bad loss.

NHL Career Leaders: Goaltender Wins
Rank Player Years Wins Win %
1 Patrick Roy 19 551 .618
2 Martin Brodeur 13 490 .572
3 Ed Belfour 17 482 .528
4 Terry Sawchuk 21 447 .562
5 Curtis Joseph 16 443 .510
6 Jacques Plante 18 434 .614
7 Tony Esposito 16 423 .566
8 Glenn Hall 18 407 .545
9 Grant Fuhr 19 403 .567
10 Mike Vernon 19 385 .575

Olli Jokinen scored a goal and added two assists and Ed Belfour stopped 27 shots to help the Florida Panthers beat Tampa Bay 5-2 on Tuesday night.

It was Florida's first win in three games at Tampa this season.

A victory would have pulled Tampa Bay even with Atlanta atop the division standings. Instead, the Lightning (86 points) are tied with Montreal in the last two Eastern Conference playoff spots, with three teams two points behind.

"This hurts. This game really hurts right now," Lightning captain Tim Taylor said. "All is not lost. We have to remain positive. You never want a team thinking negative thoughts."

Jokinen has six goals and seven assists in his last five games. He has three goals and seven assists against the Lightning this season.

Tampa Bay is trying to earn its fourth straight playoff appearance.

"We're taking the long route here, that's for sure, about getting in," Lightning coach Tortorella said. "We are going to get in. We're just going around the block. We're going to get there. It's a guarantee."

Brad Richards put the Lightning ahead 4:54 into the second period. Jason Ward picked up a loose puck along the right boards and found Richards, who beat Belfour sliding toward the left post.

Florida drew even with a two-man advantage midway through the period, when Stephen Weiss redirected a rebound off the backboard past Marc Denis. The Panthers came in 0-for-25 on the power play through a span of eight games.

The Panthers' Nathan Horton made it 2-1, and teammate Jokinen scored with 59 seconds left in the period to extend the lead to two goals.

"We sensed their desperation in the third period," Weiss said. "They weren't Stanley Cup champions by fluke. They have some winners over there."

Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba cut the deficit to 3-2 with a shorthanded goal midway through the third period, but Bryan Allen and Horton scored empty-net goals in the final minute.

Denis started both previous home games against the Panthers, allowing only three goals in a pair of victories. Johan Holmqvist replaced him after two periods.>

Game notes


Jokinen moved into a second-place tie with Pavel Bure on the franchise goal-scoring list with 152. ... Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis had an assist. He needs two points to join center Vincent Lecavalier as the only Lightning players to reach 100 in a season. ... Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger, sidelined since March 7 with a knee sprain, returned to practice Monday. He could return to the lineup this weekend. ... IRL driver Danica Patrick, in the area for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, participated in pregame ceremonies.

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