Overtime has become Brayden Point’s time to shine.
The Tampa Bay center scored his fourth overtime goal of the season on Tuesday to give the league-leading Lightning a 5-4 victory over in-state rival Florida.
Point also has four game-deciding shootout goals.
Florida erased deficits of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 to rally and earn a valuable point in the standings.
“We showed extreme heart and courage playing the way we did in the third,” Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said. We didn’t get the two points but forced overtime. We’ve gotten a point in the last (seven) games so there’s a lot of positives and good to take away from it.”
Tampa Bay assigned G Peter Budaj to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment. Budaj has not played since suffering a lower-body injury on Dec. 29. … Lightning D Ryan McDonagh, acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline, is expected to miss another week with an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Florida placed forward Frank Vatrano, acquired from Boston at the trade deadline, on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. … Tampa Bay LW Ondrej Palat (lower body) joined the team for practice on Tuesday for the first time since Jan. 20, but his return to the lineup is still undetermined. … The teams combined for 39 goals in the four meetings this season. . Florida C Aleksander Barkov extended his scoring streak to seven games, with five goals and eight points during that span.
Both the players and referees unions have expressed concern about the tense situation between the two sides this season, and several of the league’s biggest stars, including LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, have vented their frustration on social media or to reporters about the Basketball Jerseys For Sale state of officiating.
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