Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tomas Fleischmann scored the game-winning goal
with 6:07 left to lift the Florida Panthers past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3
in the season finale for both teams.
Fleischmann finished with two goals and Scottie Upshall, Marcel Goc and Nick
Bjugstad added one goal apiece for the Panthers, who finish the season last in
the NHL with a dismal 15-27-6 record. Florida has missed the playoffs 11 of
the last 12 years.
Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves in the win.
Matt Carle, Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis each tallied for the Lightning,
who finish with an 18-26-4 record. Anders Lindback turned aside 27 shots, but
allowed four goals in the setback.
Carle and Malone scored the first two goals of the game to give the Lightning
a 2-0 lead. Carle fired a slap shot from the blue line five minutes into the
game. Malone followed 8:14 later with his sixth goal of the season. Vincent
LeCavalier's shot was stopped by Markstrom, but the puck trickled right to
Malone who pounded it into the back of the net.
Bjugstad potted a goal with 3:06 left in the first to get the Panthers on the
board. Bjugstad fired a wrister from the right circle for his first career
Fleischmann's goal, which came 54 seconds into the middle session, tied the
game at 2-2.
St. Louis, though, put Tampa Bay ahead with his marker with 5:47 played in the
Upshall tied the game 5 1/2 minutes into the final frame with his goal off an
Eric Selleck rebound.
Fleischmann potted the game-winner on a 2-on-1 break. Jontathan Huberdeau
skated up ice, drew the defender then slid the puck over to Fleischmann, who
beat Lindback with a wrister.
Goc added an empty netter with 49 seconds left to account for the final
Fleischmann finished the season with 12 goals ... Florida went just 3-7 over
its final 10 games ... St. Louis finished with 60 points, the most in the NHL
... Lightning center Steven Stamkos finished in second with 57.
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