It wasn't a trap.
Despite Tuesday's meeting with the Florida Panthers having all the makings of a potential pitfall game — the middle game of a five-game homestand, the first game after an emotional victory, an opponent coming off a lopsided loss in its last game, facing a team that typically gives Tampa Bay problems — the Lightning jumped right past the hazard.
Cory Conacher, Tom Pyatt and Dana Tyrell each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay knocked off its in-state rival 5-2 in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Forum. Vinny Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos also added goals to give the Lightning a fourth consecutive win and improve to 5-1 on the season.
Anders Lindback stopped 26 shots for his third consecutive victory as Tampa Bay scored five or more goals for the third consecutive game, the first time it has done that since Nov. 8-16, 2007.
"We were aggressively patient, that's what we did,'' said Conacher, who has four multi-point games. "We didn't get out of our element. That's what kept us in the game and got us our goals and ultimately won us the game.''
Tampa Bay Lightning drop Panthers for fourth straight win
Tampa Tribune | Jan 30