For the second time in a week, the Panthers found themselves trying to defend a two-goal lead in the third period of a divisional game.
Just like Tuesday against the Capitals, Florida couldn’t hold it.
Saturday afternoon it was the visiting Lightning who rebounded from the wrong end of a 5-3 score to beat the Panthers 6-5 in overtime.
The Lightning got a much-needed win by scoring with 10.4 seconds remaining to force an overtime that ended just over a minute after it started when Benoit Pouliot put a bouncing puck past Jose Theodore.
Tampa Bay had one win in February before Saturday and was riding a six-game winless streak yet has enjoyed recent success against its rival on the Atlantic side of the state. Saturday’s win was Tampa Bay’s sixth in a row over the Panthers.
In the third period, it looked like the Lightning’s in-state winning streak was coming to a close. The Panthers led 5-3 with just over 16 minutes left after Tomas Kopecky scored Florida’s third goal within a span of 3:30.
Another blown lead sends Florida Panthers to overtime loss
Miami Herald | Feb 17