The Tampa Bay Lightning lose game three in overtime, 6-5, to the Florida Panthers. Tampa Bay now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Then the Lightning scored five second period goals to take a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period.
Patric Hornqvist scored a power play goal 1:45 into the third period to bring Florida to 5-4.
Then with 3:07 remaining in regulation, Gustav Forsling tied up the game at 5-5.
Tampa Bay did have a power play for the final 22 seconds of regulation that carried into overtime. It was not a good looking power play for the Bolts, very passive for this time of year.
Ryan Lomberg won it for the Panthers, scoring the game winner 5:56 into the overtime period.
That’s the first time the Tampa Bay Lightning lost this season (28-1) when leading after two periods.
Tampa Bay played too safe and not to lose in the third and couldn’t convert on the power play in OT. The series has a new look too it now.
Andrei Vasilevskiy hadn’t allowed six goals in a game since he gave up seven in Arizona in February 22, 2020.
Victor Herman on the third period: “We sat back too much. It felt like we were protecting our lead and not playing to our strengths.” He said he’s not worried how the team will bounce back. “It’s how you respond as a group.”
Alex Killorn postgame said: “No one is worried in our locker room. Certainly we sat back in the third and they took it to us. It’s part of growing. It’s a series. There’s plenty of hockey to be played.”
Definitely a frustrating finish to the game. Had a chance to have a strangle hold on the series and go up 3-0. Instead, a team that was mostly lifeless through three games has some confidence.
Having said that, I still have confidence in Tampa Bay to take down Florida in the series.
Game four from Amalie Arena will be on Saturday, May 22. Game time is scheduled for 11:30 AM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on CNBC.