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Lightning 5, Panthers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 5, Panthers 3
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Florida Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Mattias Ritola and Teddy Purcell scored nine seconds apart in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 in a preseason game on Saturday night.

Pavel Kubina, Brett Connolly, and Tom Pyatt also scored for Tampa Bay. Mathieu Garon stopped 24 shots.

David Booth, Kris Versteeg, and Tomas Kopecky scored for Florida. Jose Theodore had 25 saves.

The Lightning took a 4-3 lead at 14:40 of the third when Steve Downie passed the puck to Ritola, who poked in a shot from the crease. Seconds later, the Lightning stretched their lead when the puck caromed in off of Purcell.

Tampa Bay had tied it 3-all on Pyatt's goal at 9:01 of the third.

The Panthers scored 41 seconds apart in the second. Versteeg swept the puck in from the left circle at 4:59 to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Kopecky then put a shot past Garon.

The Lightning cut it to 3-2 when Connolly scored during a 5-on-3 advantage.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:29
TBL
PPG - Pavel Kubina (1) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Shannon (1), Steve Downie (1)
1 - 0 TBL
07:40
FLA
David Booth (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Kopecky (1), Tim Kennedy (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:59
FLA
Kris Versteeg (1) Slapshot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (1), Tomas Fleischmann (1)
2 - 1 FLA
05:40
FLA
Tomas Kopecky (1) Snap shot - ASST: Tim Kennedy (2), David Booth (1)
3 - 1 FLA
10:27
TBL
PPG - Brett Connolly (1) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Shannon (2), Steven Stamkos (1)
3 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
09:01
TBL
Tom Pyatt (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Mattias Ritola (1)
3 - 3 Tie
14:40
TBL
Mattias Ritola (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Downie (2)
4 - 3 TBL
14:49
TBL
Teddy Purcell (1) Tip-in - ASST: Cory Conacher (1), Mattias Ritola (2)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:32
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Interference - Goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
14:56
TBL
Nate Thompson  Tripping  - 2 min against  Tomas Kopecky
2nd Period
08:41
FLA
Ed Jovanovski  Holding  - 2 min against  Nate Thompson
09:22
FLA
Erik Gudbranson  Boarding  - 2 min against  Steven Stamkos
12:46
TBL
Steve Downie  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Tomas Kopecky
14:55
FLA
Erik Gudbranson  PS-Tripping on breakaway  - 0 min against  Carter Ashton
16:06
TBL
Brett Connolly  Slashing  - 2 min against  Stephen Weiss
17:27
TBL
Steve Downie  Interference  - 2 min against  Stephen Weiss
3rd Period
04:54
TBL
Mattias Ritola  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Erik Gudbranson
18:55
TBL
Carter Ashton  Hooking  - 2 min against  David Booth
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 27TOI: 59:57
GA: 3SV%: .889
Jose Theodore
SA: 30TOI: 57:48
GA: 5SV%: .833