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Stamkos scores winning goal, Lightning top Panthers 3-2

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Stamkos scores winning goal, Lightning top Panthers 3-2

SUNRISE, Fla. - Steven Stamkos snapped a third-period tie with his NHL-leading 20th goal, and the Tampa Bay Lightning held on to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night despite recording only 13 shots.

Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, and Anders Lindback made 37 saves. St. Louis added had two assists.

Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky had goals for the Panthers. Jacob Markstrom stopped 10 shots in the loss.

Stamkos scored the winning power-play goal from the right of the net 5:30 into the third to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead. Tampa Bay won for just the second time in nine games, but beat the Panthers for the seventh straight time — three this season.

The reeling Panthers have lost seven of eight and 14 of 17.

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